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Jewish Warsaw

By Francois Lepinay
It is difficult to travel to Eastern Europe without getting a real and tangible sense of the magnitude of the events that shook the continent during the Second World War. The size of Warsaw Jewish cemetery, with its 100 000 graves, is a proportional testimony to the size of the Jewish community in that city before 1943. (350 000 individuals , one third of the city population). By November 1943, after the final liquidation of the Jewish ghetto, none but a handful had survived. The pre-1943 cemetery still remains, with its graves unattended, as all close descendants and relatives were decimated.

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1662 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:43PM
In so many cities of Eastern Europe, all that is left of the Jewish population is the cemeteries. And the shadows...

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woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:44PM
Beware, François, because there are people about who despise the idea of peace in Europe. Your thoughts and your photographs inspire me......
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 7:37AM
An extremely interesting and somewhat shocking statistic, supported by this every so emotive image François. The mono conversion certainly adds to that feeling of sadness.

Regards Nathan Grin
15 Oct 2012 8:34AM
my fathers birthplace...he was sent to england when all the troubles began...
I have been to visit and you have brought back many memories
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1662 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 6:49PM
Serious photography that matters, thanks for this and have a UA.

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