New multimedia encyclopedia embraces a golden age.
Emanuel Ringelblum knew Jewish Eastern Europe the way the Stage Manager in “Our Town” knew Grover’s Corners. The Tevye era was modern for Ringelblum, whose doctorate was on the Jews of Warsaw — only up to 1527.
Sixty-five years after the Holocaust, and Yom Hashoah -- April 11 -- remains, appropriately, a day that the Jewish community can't figure out how to observe. And rightly so. Most holy days are actually on the day something unique happened, unlike Yom Hashoah, whose Nissan 27 date was a Knesset compromise rather than a holy anniversary.
A few thousand high school and university students, joined by politicians, participated Tuesday in an annual International Day of Racism in Lodz, a large Polish city in the center of the country.
They listened to lectures, attended concerts and visited houses of worship.
Joanna Podolska wasn't among them.
Podolska, a Lodz journalist who helped found the Institute of Tolerance that organizes the U.N.-initiated pluralism activities there, missed the event for the first time in its five years: she was in the United States doing research on the Jewish history Lodz.
The best advice I ever received about a forthcoming interview concerned a septuagenarian cardiologist in Warsaw. I was about to interview Dr. Marek Edelman, the last-surviving commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in 1993 for a series of stories commemorating the event’s 50th anniversary. A Polish Jew who knew him told me what to expect: Dr. Edelman would give me some time, but if he felt bored he’d probably walk away without warning.
In a test case that will likely increase international pressure on Poland to return billions of dollars of property seized from Jews by the Nazis during World War II and nationalized by the communists after the war, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor is expected to file suit before the European Court of Human Rights in the next few weeks, The Jewish Week has learned.
A New York-based not-for-profit law firm is preparing the case on behalf of Henryk Pikielny, who now lives in Paris.