by: Maud Swinnen

GDANSK (EJP)— As part of the Polish government’s official series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, which paved the way for the onset of the Holocaust, Poland’s Jewish community holds Monday afternoon a special ceremony in the northern port city of Gdansk.

The ceremony, co-sponsored by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland and the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization, aimed at highlighting the current revival of Polish Jewry and recall fallen Jewish soldiers

The ceremony will be held in the Gdansk synagogue, located Ul. Partyzantow 7, and will appear on the official government schedule of events.

World War II officially began on September 1, 1939, when a Nazi warship bombarded Gdansk and German soldiers invaded the city.

In addition to senior Polish and foreign government officials, those participating in the ceremony will include Piotr Kadlcik, president of Poland’s Jewish communities, Michal Samet, president of the Gdansk Jewish community and Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund.