Multimillion-dollar Holocaust museum opens in Macedonia

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Robert Singer, the executive vice president of the World Jewish Congress, were among the other dignitaries who attended the museum opening.

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Robert Singer looking through the new memorial museum

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Robert Singer looking through the new memorial museum

The capital of this Balkan nation of 2 million people saw the dedication of a multi million-dollar Holocaust museum that has been called one of the finest institutions of its kind.

Macedonia, a landlocked country north of Greece, had a Jewish population of about 8,000 before the Holocaust, “and more than 98 percent of them were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators,” Michael Berenbaum, a former director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s research institute, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Robert Singer, the executive vice president of the World Jewish Congress, were among the other dignitaries who attended the museum opening.

The museum, a three-story building located in the Macedonian capital’s museum quarter, includes unique displays such as hundreds of suitcases dangling from the ceiling, a transport wagon similar to ones used to transport the Macedonian Jews to be murdered, and a tank engine of the kind used to produce deadly gas for the gas chamber of Treblinka, where Macedonian Jews were killed.

Skopje, North Macedonia: WJC CEO Robert Singer laid flowers in memory of the 7,000 Macedonian Jews deported to Treblinka during the 76 years ago, at a commemoration ceremony at the Old Monopol Tobacco Factory - the same place where Jews were deported from.

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