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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plans for Warsaw Ghetto Skyscraper Unveiled

WARSAW — Poland's Jewish leaders have unveiled plans for a glass skyscraper in what was the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, a project that would dramatically alter the look of the historic neighborhood.

The 207-meter building would tower over the Nozyk synagogue, the only one left in the city from before the war. It would include a new house of prayer, a kosher restaurant and commercial space, giving Warsaw's growing Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland a place to expand its activities and providing a source of revenue for the future.

The project is being portrayed as another step in the revival of Jewish life in Poland, which was home to Europe's largest Jewish community until World War II.

However, Eleonora Bergman, an architect and the director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, called the idea for the skyscraper a "bad joke," arguing that it would overshadow the old synagogue and damage the historical character of the surrounding area.

Piotr Kadlcik, the leader of the organization proposing the project, said he and other Jewish leaders were working to meet city requirements and expressed hope that city approval would come soon. He said the organization was looking for investors to help fund the project.

"For the revival of Jewish life, this will be crucial for Warsaw," Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, said Wednesday.