Poland

Poland, Twenty-Five Years Later

05/10/2016 - 13:09
Special To The Jewish Week

On a recent Shabbat afternoon in Warsaw, I walked through the shadows of a Jewish horror show: first, remnant slivers of the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto in someone else’s apartment courtyard; then the site where once stood the majestic Great Synagogue the Nazis destroyed after they suppressed the Ghetto Uprising; next, the outline of the bridge that connected the larger and smaller sections of the ghetto; on to an imposing memorial listing 448 Jewish first names at the Umschlagplatz, from where Warsaw’s Jews were transported on a one-way journey to Treblinka; and, finally, a mass-grave memorial to the victims, adjacent to a huge Jewish cemetery where pre-Shoah giants of Jewish history lie.

Noam E. Marans

Unlikely Allies In WWII Poland

In 1939, when Anna Liana’s father, a linguistics professor, is taken away in the Nazi round-up of intellectuals in Krakow, Poland, the seven-year-old girl, whose mother is dead, finds herself on her own -- until a tall, mysterious stranger notices her plight.  Their story unfolds in Gavriel Savit’s “Anna and the Swallow Man” (Knopf).

Courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers

Tracing Poland’s Past, And Its Future

A young couple makes meaning, and a living, turning mezuzah traces into new mezuzahs. And they’re helping push the country beyond revival.

09/22/2015 - 20:00
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It was the last workday before Passover, and I was at my desk when the receptionist interrupted my menu planning to tell me my guests were here. I was expecting no guests. I almost never have guests. So I tiptoed out to the waiting area, embarrassed, curious and, yes, a little scared about Charlie Hebdo.

Mystical quest and serious business: Alexander Prugar and Helena Czernek.

Auschwitz ‘Showers’ For Tourists Cool Off Some, Offend Others

08/31/2015 - 20:00
JTA

Of all the places on Earth, where would one least expect to see a new shower of any kind installed – even one that just mists overheated visitors?

Mist showers outside the Auschwitz memorial museum were meant to cool visitors, not heat them up. JTA

Poland, Make Restitution, Urge State Officials In Letter

New York State helped induce Swiss banks to compensate survivors and heirs, say comptrollers.

07/29/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The heads of three of the largest government pension funds in the United States called upon Poland today to make restitution to the owners and heirs of property confiscated by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Polish Apartment

Poland’s Jewish Revival Seen Continuing Apace

Sebastian Rejak has a role that's rare in Europe; he's an envoy of the Polish government to the Jewish diaspora.

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Raised a Catholic in Lublin, Sebastian Rejak has served for the last year and a half as the special envoy for Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for relations with the Jewish diaspora, one of a few nations in Eastern Europe with such a diplomatic position. He has a working knowledge of Hebrew, Jewish history and aspects of Jewish culture and history. He was here last week as part of a brief mission introducing himself to leaders of the American Jewish community. This is an edited transcript of the interview.

Polish special envoy Sebastian Rejak: The revival “is not only about Orthodox minyans.”

Finding Death And Life In Poland

04/14/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We came to Poland expecting to find death. And death we found in the death camp of Majdanek. It was situated with prewar homes and parks all around it, as if it were just any business in full view of the town’s population, which could never claim innocence.

Hugh Pollack

Large Jewish Cemetery In Warsaw Is Vandalized

02/01/2015 - 19:00

Warsaw, Poland — The fence of a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw considered to be one of the largest in Europe was defaced.

Jack The Ripper Identified As Jewish Barber From Poland

09/07/2014 - 20:00

The serial killer Jack the Ripper was identified through DNA as a Jewish barber who immigrated to London from Poland.

In Poland, A New National Debate On Hate

05/13/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Warsaw — A middle-aged, non-Jewish Polish man, driving a Jewish visitor from the States on a shopping errand one recent morning turned abruptly to his guest and asked, “What do you think of the Polish people?”

Anti-Semitism in Poland “still exists on a level that’s unacceptable,” says Rafal Pankowski. Steve Lipman/JW
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