The former factory of Schinlder to be converted into a “Shoa” Memorial

The former factory of Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), a German businessman and spy who oskar-schindler-fabrica-696x522saved the lives of more than a thousand Jews during World War II in the Czech town of Brnenec, and the land of the former adjacent concentration camp, Converted into a new memorial of the Holocaust.

This is reported by the Czech daily Pravo, according to which a foundation has already purchased the land in the center-east of the country, where in 1944 Schindler moved his enamel and ammunition factory in Krakow.

The founder and director of The Endowment Fund Memorial of Shoah and Oskar Schindler, Jaroslav Novak, explains to the newspaper that it already has the support of the local authorities but is still looking for ways to finance the project, which aims to rebuild the whole complex, Including the control towers and the field in which factory workers had been held.

According to a biography of US historian David M. Crowe, Schindler, famous for Steven Spielberg’s hit film “Schindler’s List,” was “a gold-hearted opportunist” who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during National Socialism.

Thanks to his good contacts with the Nazi authorities in Cracow, he acquired the Deutsche Email Warrenfabrik, called “Emalia”, which had been owned by a Jew and then transferred to Brnenec with the hundreds of Jewish workers he employed and thus saved from being deported to The Nazi extermination camps.

Chanuka in Segovia

The Didactic Center of the Judería opens its doors to the Market of Chanukah

On December 15 and 162016-mercadillo-de-januca-segovia, an open house will be held at the museum located in the House of Abraham Seneor

The market consists of various publications, Kosher products and handicrafts, facilitated by Horacio Kohan, director and founder of the Jewish magazine of culture Roots

Chanukah in Hebrew means inauguration and refers to the reopening of the Temple by the Jews, after it was desecrated by the Greeks in the second century BC. C. This festivity, which lasts 8 days, is celebrated every year in the month of December with great joy. Throughout these days candles are lit in the januquia, a candelabrum with eight arms aligned with an additional support for another candle, denominated shamash, that is used to light the others. In Chanukah there is also the custom of taking certain foods, such as sufganiot, and children play with four-sided spinning tops marked with the Hebrew initials of the phrase “A Great Miracle Happened Here.”

Chanuka in Alicante(Spain)


januquia-janucaCasa Mediterráneo collaborates in the recovery of the Jewish tradition in Alicante with its participation for the second year in the feast of Chanukah, one of the most celebrated celebrations of the Hebrew calendar that represents the perseverance and the struggle for the identity of the Jewish people.

The director general of Casa Mediterráneo, Almudena Muñoz, will be responsible for lighting, on Thursday, one of the nine arms that make up the Januquiá, a candlestick that symbolizes for the Semites the divine presence and the spiritual light. The event, organized by the Jewish Community of Alicante for the fourth consecutive year, will begin at 19.30 in the Plaza de la Santísima Faz in Alicante with the official lighting of this candlestick.

The Hanukkah or Feast of Lights is celebrated on the 25th of Kislev – the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar – and commemorates the revolt of the Maccabees against the Syrian king Antioch in 165 BC. According to Jewish tradition, the candlestick of the Great Temple of Jerusalem recovered remained on for eight days miraculously, which is why the Jews continue to celebrate this holiday as a symbol of optimism and hope.

Today, this feast is celebrated happily by lighting the Chanukah to remember that with faith it is possible to overcome all obstacles and that the righteous are the ones who finally triumph. The candelabra lights are lit every eight days after dark, illuminating the home to show that one should not lose hope in the face of “darkness.”

Segovia Jewish Cementery


The Jewish necropolis of Segovia, has celebrated 5 years in 2016 since the recovery project was launched. It is a tourist resort of high level, as it complements in an excellent way the already of itself interesting visit to the Juderia of Segovia. The cemetery was recovered in 2011 with the financial support of the EEA GRANTS. The city council used georadar to delimit the area where burials took place, and it was discovered that the total area could reach 5 hectares of land.

Shiny Winter day in Toledo


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