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  • Not your father’s Poland

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm



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  • 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...

  • Poland and the Jews:
    Is it time to stop hating the country when positive changes are transforming it?

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daniela and Kuba -- Jewish in Poland: Two Polish students describe how they came to be interested in Jewish life and culture. Is it time to stop hating Poland?

    Last summer, as Hezbollah rockets rained down on northern Israel, a group of 15 Israeli teenagers from Nahariya were...
  • 1+1+1+1 ... = 6 million

    By Nicole Behnam

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I will never really know what the Holocaust was, and neither will you. Words like hunger and fatigue are euphemisms for words that would have been born into our language if more survivors lived to tell stories of their intolerable suffering.

    No, the mounds of shoes or teeth or...
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  • Rescuer and rescued reunion aids Polish talks on Shoah claims

    By Dinah Spritzer

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Arranging a reunion between a Jewish woman hidden during the Holocaust and her Catholic rescuer might have paid unseen dividends for Jewish organizations fighting a property restitution battle in Poland.

    A day after Jozefa Tracz Czekaj and Miriam Schmetterling saw each other for the...

  • Buddha in Auschwitz

    By Perry Garfinkel

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It sounds like the set-up for a politically incorrect joke: Did you hear the one about the journalist who began his journey in the Buddha's

    footsteps in Poland?

    The Buddha ("the awakened one") never stepped foot west of what is now India. I was on assignment for National Geographic...

  • Fleeing Nazis Breaks His Father’s Spirit

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father, rarely impetuous, married my much younger mother when he was 46, and he was 49 when I was born.

    When I was a toddler and we went occasionally together to the Berlin zoo, people came up and congratulated my father on his cute grandson. So there was this age gap, to begin...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Letters

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    March of Living Dead

    When I was interviewed about the March of the Living by Jane Ulman, I was assured that the resulting article would be both fair and balanced. Your cover story proved to be neither, giving an inaccurate and damaging picture of the March of the Living experiences...

  • Letters

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mixed on March

    The article in this week's Journal about Poland and the March of the Living was accurate, on target and, quite frankly, overdue ("March of the Living Dead?" April 21).

    For quite some time now I have been troubled by the misguided attempts of some in the Jewish...

  • Film Paints Picture of Witty Polish Artist

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was recently watching "When Do We Eat?" an otherwise forgettable movie about a disastrous Passover family reunion, when the setting of the seder table suddenly evoked some haunting memories.

    Sure enough, the credits noted that the scenes were based on illustrations from the late...

  • 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...

  • Jews in Poland Speak of Shoah Remembrance as a Curse

    By Jane Ulman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This tale is about two visions of Poland.

    In one, Poland is about pain and loss. It's the place where 3 million of a total population of 3.3 million Polish Jews perished in the Shoah, where Jews have nothing left, where indeed there are almost no Jews other than a few languishing,...

  • Could You Help Me Find My Uncle?

    By Robert Stevens

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Ahmadinejad:

    Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Robert Stevens, and I am a 27-year-old child of Holocaust survivors. The purpose of my letter is not to criticize you for being anti-Semitic or for wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth or for...

  • Exposing the ‘Truth’ of Life at Warsaw

    By Tom Tugend

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Scream the truth at the world, so the world may know all," Dawid Gruber, 19, wrote in his final testament.

    The place was the Warsaw Ghetto, the time August 1942, and Gruber placed his testament with thousands of other papers and documents on daily life under Nazi rule into 10 tin...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leaving a Legacy

    Fariba Nourfshan of Beverly Hills and Holli Rabishaw of Tarzana were among 22 young women selected to participate in Hadassah's recent Young Women's Legacy Mission to Poland and Israel. The program was designed to connect young women with their Israeli heritage and...

  • Limon’s Company Revives a Classic Dance

    By Susan Josephs

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In 1957, Jose Limon toured Poland with his dance company. In the rubble-strewn cities still reeling from the ravages of World War II, the choreographer contemplated the resilience of people in the aftermath of great tragedy. And when he stood before the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto,...

  • Polish Leader Has Extremist Allies

    By Dinah Spritzer

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The new president of Poland was elected with the backing of anti-Semitic supporters. But not all Polish Jewish officials believe that Lech Kaczynski, who will take office in December, should be criticized for his extremist bedfellows.

    Kaczynski, the former mayor of Warsaw, was...

  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

  • Shadows Obscure Illegal Aliens’ Hopes

    By Andy Glass

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In speaking about illegal aliens, President Bush says the time has come to bring "millions of hard-working men and women out of the shadows."

    However, Republican leaders in Congress claim that Bush's proposals would reward lawbreakers. They soon plan to pass legislation tightening...

  • Teens Take a March to Remember

    By Jane Ulman

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    David Grossman, 18, wanted to make the Holocaust more personal. Eliya Shachar, 18, wished to understand her grandmother's pain. And Max Kappel, 17, wanted to find a tangible place to comprehend the Shoah.

    They were among 51 teenagers from Los Angeles who took part in last week's...

  • John Paul II and the Jews

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    For 20 centuries, the Catholic Church has had a turbulent relationship with the Jewish people. Jews were persecuted and held responsible for the death of Jesus, and were often the victims of church-instigated pogroms and anti-Semitic attacks.

    With the passing of Pope John...

  • The Nazi Who Saved the Rebbe

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Rescued From The Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe," by Bryan Mark Rigg, Yale University Press, 2004.

    When a German army officer trawled the streets of Warsaw in 1940 looking for Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, people...

  • Auschwitz Memorial Marks ‘45 Liberation

    By Toby Axelrod

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The last time Trudy Spira was in Auschwitz, she was 12 years old. The day of liberation "is my second birthday -- I was reborn on that day," said Spira, who came from Venezuela with her son, Ernesto, 48, to show him the place that robbed her of her childhood.

    Ziggy Shipper, 75, and...

  • Ceremonies to Mark Auschwitz Liberation

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Each year, the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet forces is marked on Jan. 27, but this year, the 60th anniversary has given Poland, site of the most infamous Nazi death camps, a special opportunity for remembrance and reflection.

    The anniversary ceremonies, which will be...

  • Ex-Communist ‘Burb Makes Menorahs

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The model suburb of Nowa Huta was built here under a Communist philosophy of atheism.

    Now it houses a workshop that manufactures menorahs -- popular with both Poles and tourists.

    Metalodlew, a private company that was started 10 years ago, rents space from the Nowa Huta...

  • Documenting Identity

    By Annette Insdorf

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, Oren Rudavsky and Yale Strom co-directed "At the Crossroads: Jews in Eastern Europe Today," a wonderfully poignant and hopeful documentary about a rather complicated subject. It followed Strom, a klezmer musician, speaking Yiddish to elderly Jews in Hungary, Czechoslovakia...

  • Polish City Unveils Its Jewish History

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Czestochowa is known around the world as the site of the Jasna Góra Monastery, a pilgrimage place for Poles and other Catholics who flock there to see the famous painting of the Black Madonna.

    Soon, residents also will be able to learn about local Jewish history. An exhibition on...

  • Israel Growing as Arms Dealer

    By Leslie Susser

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    To every black cloud, they say, there is a silver lining. Under constant threat from terrorists and hostile neighbors, Israel has become an expert in security -- and that expertise is generating huge profits.

    Israel has been one of the world's big arms sellers for more than a decade,...

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