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Music: Shfeia Mandolin Ensemble - "Unwinding"
Monastir. La historia de una comunidad sefardí de Macedonia

"An ancient Jewish town- the fires of Treblinka consumed them all"
Shlomo Alboher

On the eve of the German invasion of Yugoslavia, 810 Jewish families – 3,351 people – lived in Monastir (Bitola), a vibrant, ancient Sephardic-Jewish community with a flourishing Zionist movement in the interwar period.
On 11 March 1943 (4 Adar Bet, 5703) the Jews of Monastir, together with the entire Jewish population of Macedonia (some 7,350 people in total), were taken by soldiers, police and Bulgarian officials to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, where they were held at the local “Monopol” tobacco factory under the most terrible conditions.