Poles Ramp Up Security Ahead of Anniversary

Weekend Ceremony Will Mark Warsaw Ghetto Liquidation

By JTA

Published July 20, 2012.
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Polish police have stepped up security for Sunday’s ceremony to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. The move comes in the wake of the deadly attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.

Police also have increased security for Israeli tours and Jewish institutions.

Menachem Eliezer Mozes, Israel’s deputy minister of education, is scheduled to address the Sunday gathering.

A prayer for the victims of attack in Burgas will take place that day in Warsaw’s Nozyk synagogue. It will be followed by a “march of remembrance,” in which 600 to 700 people are expected to gather at the monument to the uprising and walk to the former site of the orphanage run by Janusz Korczak.

Korczak joined nearly 200 children and orphanage staff in August 1942 when they were rounded up by the Nazis for deportation to Treblinka, where they were all murdered.

“We are prepared to provide the security for all,” Maciej Karczynski, a Warsaw police spokesman, told JTA.

Michael Sobelman, an Israeli Embassy spokesman, told JTA, “Every Israeli knows what happened in Burgas, but Poland is not on the map of dangerous countries. We are not warning our citizens from coming here.”


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