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July 4th, 2002
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From:passacaglio
Date:July 7th, 2002 09:04 am (UTC)

Re: Zamosc -- then & there, (t/here) and now?

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I didn't stress out what I ment, my fault:

When I said "city of the past", I ment in terms of culture and intellectual flourishing. Sure, People live their lives today just as they did then, but it was not my point.

BTW: when speaking of that past, it cannot be said that only jews were the active bunch and, once gone, it all froze. The people of Zamosc were not homogenous at the time.

Amir.
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From:ijon
Date:July 13th, 2002 02:46 am (UTC)

Re: Zamosc -- then & there, (t/here) and now?

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Guess what? I've been to Zamosc two days ago. Nice town. The big synagogue has been converted into a public library.
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From:passacaglio
Date:July 13th, 2002 09:37 am (UTC)

Re: Zamosc -- then & there, (t/here) and now?

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What more can you tell?
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From:ijon
Date:July 18th, 2002 05:40 am (UTC)

Zamosc

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Not much. It hasn't been seriously damaged by WWII, it is still a medium-sized town, and there are very few remains of Jewish life in it.

The synagogue, as I wrote, still stands, the structure undamaged. The interior is lightly damaged (some decorations painted on the wall have been scraped off), and the great prayer hall is now a public library. It looks very jarring, very disharmonic; narrow aisles among stuffed library bookshelves, and high, high above the top of the shelves, the arched ceiling of a Jewish house of prayer, including Jewish motifs painted on the ceiling.

I've only spent about two hours in Zamosc, so I can't tell you much more.
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