These pages are a tribute to the work of the JEAA which after three years helped obtain an international memorial for the Sephardic Jews at Auschwitz. These pages will help memorialize the historic Sephardic event, the dedication of a plaque in Judeo-Spanish which took place in March of 2003.

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Photos of the JEAA Sephardic memorial which took place at Auschwitz in March of 2003. Participants came from seven countries to show their support and respect of the Sephardim who perished in the death camps of Europe during World War two at the hands of the Germans.

Three photos of the JEAA crowd (1) (2) (3)

A flood of people rushed to light candles after the ceremony. It was a mixture of happiness for finally obtaining a memorial to the Sephardim, and sadness for the reality of the location we were at. (2) (3) (4)


The JEAA international delegates toured the Auschwitz concentration camp. Presented here is a virtual tour of the facility.

The fences of Auschwitz (1) (2) (3) (4)
Warning!        Halt!
Crematoriums (1) (2) (3) (4)


The JEAA international delegates toured Krakow, Poland (one hour away from Auschwitz), once a home to a great Ashkenazi community. Presented here are some photos taken while in Poland.

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Tall Synagogue

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Krakow Street

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Krakow Main Square

The "Tall" synagogue, long abandoned. (1) (2) (3)
Street scenes in Krakow (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
Views of the Krakow cemetery attached to the only operating synagogue. The "Rama" (1) (2) (3)
Old Jewish homes in the heart of the old Jewish quarter (1) (2) (3) (4)
Walls made partially from Hebrew inscribed gravestones. (1) (2) (3)
Old mezzuot holes in previously Jewish owned homes. (1) (2)
Krakow central square, the largest in Europe. (1) (2) (3) (4)
The "Old" synagogue, one of the oldest in Europe, saved because the Germans used it as a stable. (1) (2) (3) (4)
The Isaac synagogue, built in the 1600's. It is owned by the Jewish community, and though this is the place where a German shop a Jew for not burning the Sefer Tora, the Tora cover sits on the floor in some sort of bizarre memorial today. It is a tourist stop today, not a synagogue.(1) (2)
Old Jewish buildings and vacant lots where buildings once stood (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
Inside two old Jewish buildings, the second one is occupied, but looks as if it is ready to collapse, the 4th floor is already missing! (1) (2)
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Anti-Jewish graffiti and synagogue desecration in Krakow. (1) (2) (3)

© Shelomo Alfassa 2003
(Photos may not be used without permission)