Trial of Jewish Heritage opened in Poland
The Trial of Jewish Heritage Places connected with the history of
Polish Jews from the north-western city of Bialystok has been opened
The trial includes places such as the house of Ludwik Zamenhof, the
creator of Esperanto or the former Hebrew middle-school.
The majority of Jewish inhabitants of Bialystok died in concentration
camps or mass executions in the Bialystok ghetto during WWII.
Currently there is approximately a dozen of Jews living in
The creators of the trial, predominantly young people from the
Foundation of the University of Bialystok, also issued a guidebook in
which people and places related to the trial are described in more
detail. Readers are familiarised with the likes of Icchok Malmed,
hanged for dousing a German soldier with acid, or the recently
deceased Sonja Nejman, aka Nora Ney, dubbed the Polish Greta Garbo.
Several pages in the guidebook are devoted he most prominent Jew of
Bialystok, Ludwik Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto, and the Jakub
Szapiro, the founder of the Bialystok Association of Esperanto
Readers are also informed that the municipal hospital was formerly
the seat of one of the most excellent Hebrew middle-schools in the
pre-war Poland, which contributed vastly to the revival of the
language, and whose graduates, including Icchak Shamir, who was twice
the prime minister of Israel, provided intellectual potential for the
independent Jewish state.