The Polish President has laid the foundation stone for a new museum about Jewish life in Poland in the heart of the former Ghetto in Warsaw. Before the Second War, Warsaw was the biggest Jewish city in Europe, and the Jewish community in the country as a whole amounted to 10 per cent of the Polish Population.
But the museum will depict more than a thousand years of Jewish influence in the country. President Lech Kaczynski said: “This museum is a great opportunity to overcome a mutual lack of knowledge, and a great chance for reconciliation.” A former German President, Richard von Weizsäcker told the ceremony: “We are aware of our country’s responsibility for the Holocaust, and we are convinced it’s necessary to keep the incredible suffering of Jews in our memory.”
The Warsaw Ghetto was razed by the Nazis. In all, 3 000 000 of Poland’s 3 500 000 Jews died. Museum organisers hope theirs will become one of the big three Jewish museums in the world.