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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Punar: The Ponary Massacre

So it turns out that my daughter was chosen to sing, not only the two songs I mentioned in my post of April 18th, Yom haShoah-Never Again (scroll down), but also a third one called in Hebrew Punar. I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of it. So I looked it up.

It seems that between July 1941 and August 1944, near the railway station of Paneriai, a suburb of Vilnius, where the Nazis, (yimach shemam*) in their goal of murdering every living Jew in Lithuania, massacred 100,000 people, mostly Jews, along with Poles and Russians. The site--to which tours are brought to learn the history of what ensued there-- is referred to as the site of The Ponary Massacre.

And we are oh so grateful that Ahmadinejad might have 'dropped' the Holocaust denial from his speech vilifying Israel. So grateful. . .

Punar.








*may their name be erased.



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