Polish President Visits Synagogue for Hanukkah

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland's president has celebrated the start of Hanukkah with Warsaw's Jewish community -- the first time a Polish head of state has attended a religious service in a
synagogue.

The Jewish community is describing Lech Kaczynski's visit Sunday as a historic step. The president lit a candle for a silver menorah.

Kaczynski entered Warsaw's century-old Nozyk synagogue just after sundown. The congregation rose and a group of Jewish children sang "peace be upon you."

Most of Poland's Jews were killed in the Holocaust and those who
remained after World War II suffered from anti-Semitism. Jewish
life has gradually re-emerged since Poland shed communism in 1989.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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