Opinion – Natasha Kaplinsky: help me save crumbling last witness to history

Renowned British broadcaster reflects on her work with The Foundation for Jewish Heritage to try to help preserve the Great Synagogue of Slonim.

In 2007, as part of the programme I made with the BBC, Who Do You Think You Are?, I visited Slonim in Belarus to find out more about my ancestry. While there, I discovered that a number of my relatives on my father’s side had perished in the Holocaust.

The Great Synagogue in Slonim was one of the synagogues where they would have worshipped – and on that same visit I stood inside its crumbling walls as my father’s cousin recited Kaddish for our lost family.

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