The funeral of the remains of a Holocaust victim took place on Tuesday at the Jewish Cemetery on Okopowa Street in Warsaw. They probably belonged to one person and were found in July this year in the former Warsaw ghetto.
– It is very important for the Jewish community, here in Warsaw, where this man lived and was killed. It is also very important for all Jews in Poland and in the world. He is a victim of the war. If we managed to bury him after 78 years – he was lying in the ground, under the building – that’s amazing. We cannot change history, but it is a sign that history should always be respected, history should be remembered. And that’s what we did today – said Michael Schurdrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland.
On July 19, 2021, human remains were found during the maintenance of the basement of a residential house on Miła Street. They were located below the level of modern cellars in the rubble of tenement houses located in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. The One Muranów Foundation notified the police, the Rabbinical Commission for Cemeteries and the Jewish Community in Warsaw about this fact.
The discovered remains were secured by police technicians and representatives of the Rabbinical Commission. After carrying out the necessary steps, the prosecutor released the remains to the Jewish side to bury them in accordance with the Jewish tradition.
– This is a story in which, at one point in the search for a sewage failure, we dug up the human remains and notified the police, but also the Jewish community, it turned out that we found a lot of remains. I also personally dug the skull – said Marek Ślusarz from the One Muranów foundation.
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