we went to the Fortress, a probable site near where Zev Dov Begin, Menachem Begin's father was thrown into the river to drown, rocks around his neck.
Then, off on the long, hours-long drive to Grodno passing flat fields, straight roads and forests, again and again.
We ate a boxed-lunch in the parking lot by the river
outside Grodno's Choral Synagogue, run by the local Chabad,
These are near the entrance:
The accoustics were amazing, perhaps better than in Warsaw:
They had a fire three years ago Chanuka, and their reconstruction/renovation work has suffered a set-back
They have a small museum and amongst Grodonians I found Eitan Livni of the Irgun
and Natan Yellin-Mor (Friedman) of the Lechi
Rabbi Shimon Shkop's Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah:
and the gate to the ghetto during the Holocaust years:
And then back on the bus to ride to Vilna.