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  • Making cookies ... And a difference

    August 28, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    Left destitute overnight when the Nazis confiscated his life savings in 1941, Ben Lesser’s father, Lazar, used a 100-pound bag of flour and some salt — a housewarming gift from a friend — to bake pretzels for the local bars in Niepolomice in southern Poland. 

    While his family of...

  • Belatedly…links to Jewish Heritage Conference Material

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    June 9, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    I know, I've really let things slide on this blog. Partly it's because there has been so much going on that I have not found time to write a decent post. Partly it's because I've been putting a lot of energy into the news feed of the web site www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu, which I...

  • Managing Jewish Built Heritage Conference in Krakow—Opening will be live-streamed

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 22, 2013 | 2:23 am

    I've spent much of the past five or six months working on the organization of an international conference called Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage in Europe: A Working Seminar on Projects, Challenges and Strategic Thinking -- a three-day, invitation-only working seminar convened...

  • March recalls liquidation of Krakow ghetto

    March 18, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    Some 400 people made a remembrance march in Krakow to mark the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Polish city's Jewish ghetto.

    The marchers on Sunday walked from Ghetto Heroes Square to the site of the former concentration camp at Plaszow.

    "There are voices in the...

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  • Israeli tourist suffers ‘anti-Semitic abuse’ in Polish taxi

    October 26, 2012 | 9:52 am

    An Israeli tourist visiting Poland reportedly filed a complaint with police against a taxi driver for making anti-Semitic remarks.

    The tourist, Clila Bau, visited Poland last week with her sister, Hadas, according to the online edition of the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

    The...

  • Letter from Krakow: When is anti-Semitism not anti-Semitism?

    July 18, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    A troubling recent incident in the heart of Krakow’s old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, has raised questions anew about the scope and impact of anti-Semitism in the age of instant response and interactive social media.

    The incident involved a waiter (or waiters) at a popular cafe,...

  • Krakow waiters made anti-Semitic remarks, Jewish patrons allege

    July 9, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    A group of Jews patronizing a restaurant in Krakow said they were verbally and physically attacked by waiters.

    The anti-Semitic and racist comments allegedly were made over the weekend at the Moment restaurant during the Polish city’s Jewish Culture Festival. The group was from...

  • Krakow JCC head says BBC misrepresented him in anti-Semitism report

    June 7, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The “furious” director of the JCC in Krakow says the BBC manipulated his comments in order to bolster a “sensationalist” report on anti-Semitism and racism in Poland and Ukraine.

    The report, a half-hour documentary called “Euro2012: Stadiums of Hate,” was aired last week...

  • Article Highlights Jewish Culture Festivals in Europe

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 27, 2012 | 2:14 am

    An article in The Forward advocates something that I have long urged travellers to do—use some of the many Jewish culture and other such festivals in Europe as anchor points for summer travels.

    The article highlights just two festivals—the wellknown Jewish Culture Festival in...

  • Seven Krakow synagogues to open—for one night

    May 15, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Seven historic synagogues in Krakow that are closed for most of the year will open for one night.

    The synagogues will open June 2 as part of the the second annual 7@nite-Synagogues By Night, an evening of exhibitions, music concerts and fashion shows by young artists from Poland and...

  • Jewish Life—Life!—in Krakow.

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 18, 2012 | 3:16 am

    I’ve written a lot about the Jewish scene in Krakow over the years— the “virtually Jewish” side of both homage to and nostalgic exploitation of the past—but also the new Jewish life. (See, for example, my long piece in Moment Magazine where I view the city, the scene, and the changes...

  • Krakow’s Jewish community celebrates, mourns

    March 8, 2012 | 10:55 am

    For Krakow’s Jews, this past week has truly been “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

    On Saturday evening, March 3, about 200 people gathered in the city’s ornate Tempel Synagogue for a Havdallah service that marked the bat mitzvah of...

  • Young Jewish activist killed in Poland train crash

    March 5, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Maja Brand, a Jewish activist from Krakow, was among the 16 people killed when two trains collided in southern Poland.

    Friends said Brand, who turned 30 on Feb. 22,  was active “in all things Jewish” in Krakow. The head-on collision occurred Saturday night.

    Brand was working on...

  • Janusz Korczak Sukkot Workshops for kids in Cafe Cheder- Krakow Poland

    Katarzyna Odrzywołek from Poland

    November 3, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    On Saturday 22nd October at Jozefa Street 36 the meeting for children was held once again. The workshop was conducted in a nice atmosphere and professional way by Agnieszka Wozowicz and Sylwia Liszka. The subject of the meeting was the Jewish Holiday SUKKOT ( Feast of Tabernacles/...

  • Kristin Scott Thomas on “Sarah’s Key:” “I Don’t See It As a ‘Holocaust’ Film” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    Kristin Scott Thomas conjures images of the quintessentially British thespian, having portraying upper crust or reserved characters in films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The English Patient,” for which she received a 1997 Oscar nomination.  In previous newspaper...

  • Timeline: Jewish life in Poland from 1098

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Recently released color footage of the Warsaw Ghetto.WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
    1098: Information on Jews in Poland begins to appear in Polish chronicles

    1241: A new era of colonization in Poland begins and Jewish immigrants are sought

    1264: Polish Prince Boleslaus issues the Statute of...

  • Letters

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One Proud Teacher

    I'm a teacher at Shalhevet Middle School. I've been teaching the Holocaust to my eighth-grade students for the past three years.

    Over a two-month period we tackled questions such as: "How was it possible for Hitler to gain such power?" "Where were the American...

  • The Shadows of Another Time

    By Rachel Kadish

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before World War II, some 60,000 Jews lived in Krakow, Poland. More than 54,000 perished during the Holocaust and virtually no Jews remain there today. Writer Rachel Kadish, whose family once owned a hotel in the Tatra Mountains, journeyed to Poland in 1998 and again in 2001 to...

  • Power of the Past

    By Jane Ulman

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My son Zack, 17, is celebrating Shabbat dinner tonight at the Bohema Restaurant in Krakow, Poland.

    In fact, not only is he celebrating Shabbat, but he and his group -- 15 students from Milken Community High School in Los Angeles and 140 students from Tichon Chadash High School in...

  • From Krakow to Pico

    By Mike Levy

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Pavel Vogler left Krakow for Southern California in 1992, he brought almost 100 of his favorite paintings. The darkly shaded oil works in blue, black and purple show Vogler's vision of his hometown and its medieval Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, filled with empty synagogues....

  • ‘Three Stories’: From Krakow to L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The world was a different place for writer-director Pavel Vogler when he arrived here from Poland six years ago.

    "It was very hard," Vogler says. "There were no friends or family or supporting circle.... I started from zero.... A couple of years ago, I decided to start to make my own...