“Once upon a time” is a phrase we use for fairy tales and fables. Yet most Jews carry with them another time, another land, another city. It could be the Pale of Settlement or Vilnius, Krakow or Lvov or, in more recent times, the Lower East Side, the Bronx, Tehran, Moscow, Buenos...
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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...
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 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...
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.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...