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Last week, members of Minsk’s Jewish community of all ages gathered for festivities, music and dancing in commemoration of International Women’s day. The Together Plan team in Minsk laid on food, drinks and two musicians for the celebrations, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Among the attendees were several survivors of the Minsk Ghetto, including the chairwoman of the Ghetto Survivors’ Association, Frida Reisman. The Together Plan has been working with the community of Ghetto survivors, providing material support and helping them to organise social activities and Jewish events for the community.

The Minsk Ghetto was notorious as one of Europe’s most brutal, where the use of poison gas to kill Jews was first tested, and where German soldiers would routinely raid the Ghetto and murder its inhabitants for sport. Many of the Ghetto survivors now put great effort into educating younger generations about the Holocaust, helping people to comprehend and memorialise it in a bid to prevent anything similar from happening today. Frida and her fellow survivors and righteous gentiles are truly inspirational women, thoroughly deserving of the recognition – not to mention friendship – shown to them last week.