Jewish heritage in Poland jeopardized by lack of funds

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Too poor and too few, Poland's several thousand Jews lack the resources to preserve their heritage, still in jeopardy after the destruction wrought by the Nazis and decades of communism.

"It's urgent. If we don't react now, in 10 years there will be even more ruins," laments Monika Krawczyk, head of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ).

Prior to World War II some 10,000 synagogues and houses of worship served Poland's community of more than three million Jews, while today there are just several hundred -- often in very poor repair.

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