Holocaust museum opens in North Macedonia

North Macedonia has dedicated a multimillion-dollar Holocaust museum in the capital Skopje that has been called one of the finest institutions of its kind.

North Macedonia 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.

The funding for the museum came from restitution money paid in 2000 by the government to the local Jewish community, which is now comprised of about 200 members.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Robert Singer, 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.

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