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Chanukah Joy And Festivities In Poland

         The Jewish community held a candle-lighting ceremony at the Presidential Palace, with the participation of President Lech Kaczyñski.


 


 


  


President Lech Kaczyñski; Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President; Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka; and Rabbi Michael Schudrich playing dreidel.


 


 


 


Children of the community joined the festivities at the Presidential Palace and presented the president with a menorah tapestry.


 


 


 


Rabbi Michael Schudrich dancing with the children at the Warsaw Community Chanukah party.


 


 


  


    Chanukah celebrations were not confined to Warsaw only. Parties were held in other cities, too.


 


 


The Chanukah party in Lodz was well attended. 

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The official beginning of World War II was September 1, 1939. On that day German soldiers invaded Gdansk after bombarding the city with a military warship. As part of the Polish Government’s official series of events marking seven decades since the start of World War II, Poland’s Jewish community and the Jerusalem-based “Shavei Israel” organization held a special ceremony yesterday in the Gdansk synagogue to commemorate the outbreak of the war, which paved the way for the Holocaust.

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