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  • When we visited the Nożyk Synagogue, the only surviving synagogue from before World War II in Warsaw, we encountered an old woman with her family trying to enter through the front door, which was locked. One of our guides informed them of this, but the lady stood there for a second, listening as our guide continued to talk about the history of the place. Then, she quietly interrupted and said that she was born in Warsaw in 1939 and that her family had belonged to this synagogue. How amazing is that? This encounter presented an unexpected chance for us to relate personally to the space, something that may not have happened without that simple mistake on her part.
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