Major Milestone for S. American Community of 1,000

The Jewish community of Paraguay inaugurated a new Jewish museum that includes the country’s first Holocaust studies center.
The Walter Kochmann Jewish Museum of Paraguay, which opened to the public last week in the South American country, has been under construction for the past 11 years, according to a report by the news site ABC.com.py. The museum is located inside a three-story building donated by the Cohn family. It is divided into two main parts: A display area on Judaism and a separate part about the Holocaust. A third and smaller section is devoted to the stories of Holocaust survivors who settled in Paraguay, ABC reported.
“The Blue Room, Hope and Life, represents the bond between the Jewish people and our country, with the flags of Paraguay and Israel,” Humberto Ismajovich, director of the museum, told ABC. The items on display include valuable artifacts such as a bronze menorah, a wooden Torah ark and a miniature Torah scroll.
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