As the Jewish women of Gdansk sat waiting in the New Synagogue for the final Neila prayer of Yom Kippur to begin on Wednesday, the Day of Atonement, a rock suddenly crashed through the large window, shattering the beautiful glass and flying close to the worshipers and their children.

In Poland, such an incident brings back horrifying memories of the past even to grandchildren who bear the scars of the intergenerational traumas transmitted down through the decades after the nightmares that took place in World War II.

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