Poland - New Project Highlights Jewish History of Oswiecim (Oshpitzin)
Poland - A new multimedia project has been launched to highlight the long Jewish history of Oswiecim, the former shtetl in southern Poland where the Nazis built the Auschwitz death camp.
The project, launched this week, is called “Oshpitzin” - the Yiddish name for the town - and centers on a website, http://www.oshpitzin.pl .
Though notorious as the site of the Auschwitz camp, Oswiecim had a majority Jewish population before World War II.
The project includes an interactive map of synagogues, businesses and other pre-war Jewish sites, plus films, photographs, articles, memoirs, interviews and other educational material on its Jewish history.
Many Hasidic tazdikim, and Rabbis lived in Oshpitzin.
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