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Jewish Rebirth in an Unlikely Place

Jewish life returned to Oswiecim, Poland, also commonly known as Auschwitz—when dozens of young people from across Poland who recently discovered their Jewish roots came together for a Shabbat educational seminar. The gathering was organized by the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel in commemoration of the revival of Jewish life in Poland. “Our aim is to underline the indestructibility of the Jewish spirit,” said Michael Freund, founder and chairman of the organization. “In recent years, a growing number of young Poles have begun to discover their Jewish roots…By bringing these young people together to honor and explore their Jewish heritage, we are sending a message to the world that we are truly an eternal nation. I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate that the Jewish people still live than by celebrating Shabbat with young Polish Jews in the shadow of the valley of death known as Auschwitz.”

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