Daily Israel Report
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  4/30/2008, Nissan 25, 5768

Auschwitz Jewish Home Faces Demolition


A Jewish home in Auschwitz faces demolition if donors cannot be found to renovate the building to bring it up to safety standards, said Tomasc Kuncewicz, head of the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

The two-story house, which has now been empty for eight years, was owned by Szymon Kluger, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp who moved to Sweden after the war. He returned to the Polish town, known as Oswiecim in 1961 and lived there till his death in 2000, bequeathing his home to the center, which would like to transform it into a museum to show what a typical Jewish home in the 1920's and 930's was like before Hitler rose to power.

More than half of the pre-World War II population in the city was Jewish.