FIDF Mission to Auschwitz & Israel
From: innabakker . <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, May 4, 2019 at 5:18 PM
Subject: Fwd: Shabbat in Krakow , Poland May 4/19
My dear family and friends around the world
What a day.!!!!!!!!!!
Please look at the photos and video and read the text
1- our Friday prayer book
2- our schedule for today May 4
3– text about life of 2 Holocaust survivors and look at
the photos of this beautiful older ladies in 90 Th
Full of life, love and dancing, life energy ,
One is Sofia like my wonderful mom, came with her
daughter - in law who became a docent in Holocaust
museum in Detroit suburb on behave of her
mother in -law for whom it is difficult to repeat every day
Another is Gita like my wonderful grandma—papa’s mom came with
her son from Israel.
We went to Kazimir synagogue for Shabbat service which
was overcrowded mostly with Jews from different countries,
than we had a Tour of Krakow ‘s old Jewish town where
60 000 Jews lived before the war-25% of Krakow, now about 1000
mostly from other countries.
Family of Helena Rubinstein who created a cosmetic empire in
US but started in the kitchen here.
Another - family of Bagel who had a bakery and did a bread
with the hole and than it
spread all over the world.
We had lunch in Galicia Museum- photo of the wall and than had
a tour of Gheto,
Photos of Apteca- pharmacy own by Polish man who did not want
to abandon his business and stayed there and helped Jews in
the ghetto .
Schindler’s factory was in Krakow but we did not go there.
It was uprising in Krakow ghetto by young people but not known
Photos of empty chairs on the Plaza of ghetto.
Symbols of whatever comes to the person’s
mind and heart.
Photos of Havdalah- celebration of ending of Shabbat and
beginning of new week with IDF chorus, cantor , musicians, a
lot of dancing together, happiness, joy of life,
miracles of Israel and IDF.
We had group discussions,
One of the question
Why European Jews did not fight?
The answer is
We always lived in somebody’s country and never had
feeling of protection and the goal of every person was
to survive and this create a certain personality and behavior,
not to fight but to go around to be alive.
That is why now is different types of Jews in Israel, fighters
for their own tiny country and not being in
mercy of any other country.
It was such an emotional day to learn about all atrocities and
extermination of Jews and
Tomorrow we go to concentration camps Birkenau and March to
Aushwitz with our Israeli officers and survivors.
Everybody should see it to understand and feel for Jewish
people.—unique history of Holocaust to exterminate the whole
Never happened in human history.
A lot of tears, crying and heart palpitations.
Love to all