Hundreds Gather In Former Warsaw Ghetto For First Seder Since Its Destruction

Przyslala Rimma Kaul

 

WE ARE WHO WE ARE, AND WE WILL GO ALL THE WAY’

 

On the 76th anniversary of World War II uprising, foreign and Polish Jews congregate to celebrate the Passover holiday under the auspices of Chabad


  • Attendees gather to light the holiday candles ahead of sunset at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
    Attendees gather to light the holiday candles ahead of sunset at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
  • Rabbi Shalom Ber Stambler speaks to the Polish media ahead of sundown at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the first seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto since it was razed in 1943. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
    Rabbi Shalom Ber Stambler speaks to the Polish media ahead of sundown at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the first seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto since it was razed in 1943. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
  • Attendees at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the first seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto since it was razed in 1943. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
    Attendees at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the first seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto since it was razed in 1943. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
  • Attendees at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the first seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto since it was razed in 1943. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)
    Attendees at the Warsaw Hilton, April 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the first seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto since it was razed in 1943. (Courtesy Chabad of Warsaw/via Times of Israel)

On Friday night, hundreds of Polish and Diaspora Jews gathered together to celebrate a Passover seder in the former Warsaw Ghetto, 76 years to the day after the Jews imprisoned there began a bloody last stand against the Nazis.

Known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the fierce battle started on April 19, 1943, and saw the Jews hold control of the ghetto for nearly a month until SS-led German forces systematically burned it to the ground, block by block. It was the largest single violent act of defiance by Jews during the Holocaust.

The seder was held at Warsaw’s Hilton hotel, which overlooks the former ghetto boundary, and was conducted in parallel Polish and Hebrew versions by Poland’s head Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi, Shalom Ber Stambler, and his 13-year-old son Yossi Stambler.

Many of the roughly 300 visitors who flew in from abroad had relatives who at one point lived in the ghetto. They joined 100 local Jews in the retelling of the exodus story, and, towards the end of the seder, united in song.

Calosc TUTAJ

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