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  • What was President Obama’s mistake?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 31, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    The President made a simple and very basic mistake when he spoke of Polish death camps.

    There were death camps and they were situated in Poland – deliberately so – but there were no Polish death camps.

    The most accurate way to refer to these camps is “Nazi death camps in...

  • White House ‘regrets’ reference to ‘Polish death camp’

    May 30, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The White House expressed its regrets about President Obama’s use of the term “Polish death camp.”

    In a statement Wednesday morning, Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said the president “misspoke” during his presentation of a posthumous Medal of...

  • 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...

  • Life in Oswiecim

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 11, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    I’ve been in Warsaw the past week and just came down today to Oswiecim—the little city in southern Poland outside of which Auschwitz is located. I’m not here to pay homage at the death camp (which I have visited a number of times) but to attend part of the third edition of the...

  • The right questions after the March of the Living

    May 9, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    I’m standing with my back against a brick wall at Auschwitz. Monise Neumann points to an area just beyond her and tells a story.

    When Freddy Diament arrived at the forced labor camp, she says, he was stripped of his material possessions. That was, of course, what happened when...

  • Synagogues in Northeastern Poland

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 6, 2012 | 1:30 am

    I spent the past week in Sejny, a small town in the far northeast of Poland near the Lithuanian border—and coincidentally just ran across a very good video about the synagogues and Jewish quarters in Sejny and several other towns in eastern/northeastern Poland. It’s worth watching.