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linia 2021-07-27 Local authorities of Narewka preserve the memory of former Jewish community of that place.

Narewka, located in the Podlasie Voivodeship, in the District of Hajnówka, is an example of dignified preservation of the memory of the former Jewish community, living in that town and its neighborhood  since the turn of 18th and 19th centuries. In the 19th century (in the 1880s), the Jewish population gradually grew to 90 percent of the total population of Narewka. In 1897, the number of Jews in the town decreased to 79 percent, although the actual number of Jews increased. In the first half of the 19th century, they formed a community (kehila) and a wooden synagogue was constructed together with a cheder and mikvah. The Jewish community's presence in Narewka lasted until July 15, 1941. On this day, men and young Jews aged 14-60 were driven by German forces to a nearby forest and murdered there. On the same day, the Germans drove women, children and elderly people to a train heading to Kobrynia in Polesie aera. We express our gratitude to the local authorities of Narewka for preserving the memory  of the former Jewish community of their village and its surroundings. At the same time, we encourage the authorities of other localities to follow this positive example.



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