Friday, June 10, 2016

Warsaw, Brisk and Vilna - Part One

For those who didn't know, I participated last week in the Menachem Begin Heritage Center's Employees Seminar: "In the Footsteps of Menachem Begin".

We visited and learned about the town in which he was born (Brisk), where he attended university and became a leader in the Betar youth movement (Warsaw) and to where he fled ahead of the Nazis and where he was arrested and sentenced to the gulag (Vilna).  Of course, this included general information about the places and their Jewish and non-Jewish history.

A week earlier, we had a seminar with lectures:






We flew out overnight to Warsaw, landing on Friday morning.  We went straight to the Museum.of the History of Poland's Jews 






where we were received by the Director, Dariusz Stola

a museum with odd spellings


and filled with wonderful exhibits


including Begin



Uri Tzvi Greenberg



Jabotinsky



Betar




and even Abba Achimeir


and even this



We then had a packed breakfast 



A talk on the Rappaport relief:



and then along Zamenhof Street to the Heroes Walkway including Mila 18



and Pawel Frankel's marker there



and the Umschlagplatz 



and the markings of the Ghetto wall



and then off the the Jewish Cemetery







where I said the Kaddish



at the grave of Stefan Wladislav





and to the Pawel Frankel memorial plaque at Muranowska Square at Grzybowska St.:








and finally, to the site where Menachem Begin debated [see p. 226ff]  Ze'ev Jabotinsky during the Third Betar Convention in September 1938, the former Jewish students dormitory across in Praga at corner of Stefana Okzei and J√≥zefa Sierakowskiego Streets :







and off the Westin Hotel for the Shabbat and our first meal at Pinchasi's Kosher Delight.



Kabbalat Shabbat and Arvit were recited at the restaurant.  Shabbat came in 8-ish.

My roommate, Yechiel Fishson, for Netziv Betar Ukraine:




Part Two (to be uploaded soon): Nozyk Synagogue



Warsaw University Law Faculty and the Old City.

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