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  • Nazi-looted painting of Warsaw Ghetto life returned to Poland

    August 1, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A Nazi-looted painting depicting Jewish life in the Warsaw Ghetto was returned to Poland.

    “Jewish Woman Selling Oranges,” a 19th-century oil-on-canvas work, was one of several by Polish artist Aleksandr Giermyski depicting Jewish life in the ghetto.

    The painting, which was believed...

  • The Legacy of the Kielce Pogrom

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 28, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    “... The sight of the large, modern apartment house on Planty Street was the ultimate in ruthless havoc. ... The immense courtyard was still littered with bloodstained iron pipes, stones and clubs, which had been used to crush the skulls of Jewish men and women. Blackening puddles...

  • Work by Israeli artist is Poland’s entry in Venice Biennale

    June 10, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    The official Polish exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale is a controversial video installation by Israeli artist Yael Bartana that examines the complexities of Polish-Jewish relations.

    It is the first time that a non-Polish artist has represented Poland at the Biennale, a major...

  • Raise restitution issue in Poland, group asks Obama

    May 26, 2011 | 10:43 am

    President Obama should raise the issue of restitution of private Jewish property during his meeting this week with Polish officials, a Jewish group has urged.

    The World Jewish Restitution Organization made the request two days before Obama meets Friday with Polish President...

  • Synagogue restorations garner awards in Poland

    April 27, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Restoration projects on two synagogues in Poland have garnered awards.

    The mainly European Union-funded restoration of the twin-towered synagogue in Ostrow Wielkopolski in south-central Poland was awarded the top prize in the fourth edition of the Facade of the Year contest, the...

  • An open letter to my son

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Dear Adi:

    This column will appear online just about when you arrive in Poland.

    As a participant in the March of the Living, you’ll visit the Jewish

    Quarter of Krakow, the Lodz Ghetto, Schindler’s factory, the site of the forced labor camp at Plaszow, the original homes of two...

  • Search for Polish past inspires film, education

    April 20, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    “I made the most amazing discovery of my life!” Sarah Golabek-Goldman says in her documentary, “Finding Leah Tickotsky.”

    She was speaking of a monumental event that occurred during her first trip to Poland, in 2007, when she was a student at Stanford University and got the...

  • Historic Polish synagogue rededicated

    April 5, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    The historic synagogue in Zamosc was rededicated after a $2.4 million restoration, though the Renaissance town in southeast Poland no longer has a Jewish community.

    Ambassadors, Jewish leaders and other dignitaries attended Tuesday’s festive ceremony, which was followed by the...

  • Poland shelving property compensation plans

    March 14, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Poland is shelving plans to compensate former property owners—among them Holocaust survivors—for assets confiscated during the communist period.

    The announcement by Poland’s state treasury was met with “shock and dismay” by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, which represents...

  • Photos capture remnants of Jewish life in Poland

    February 22, 2011 | 6:26 pm

    The Jews of Poland may be mostly long gone, murdered by the Nazis or escaped to the safer confines of Israel or America, but the echo of their civilization remains, frozen in time for all to see. Jonathan Webber, a British social anthropologist and a professor at the Institute of...

  • Egypt uprising carries echoes of Poland’s Solidarity movement 30 years ago

    February 15, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The day after Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a widespread public uprising, I found myself presenting a lecture about Solidarity, the mass trade union movement that convulsed Poland 30 years ago and paved the way for the collapse of the Iron Curtain a decade later.


  • Record numbers visit Auschwitz

    January 13, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp attracted a record number of visitors in 2010.

    Some 1.38 million people visited the site in southern Poland, up from 1.3 million in 2009, the Auschwitz memorial museum announced Wednesday.

    More than a half-million Poles visited the site, as well as...

  • A potent mix of sex, booze, polish history

    By Tom Tugend

    December 15, 2010 | 9:59 am

    In 1967, following Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War, the Polish communist government joined other Soviet bloc countries in launching an “anti-Zionist” (read anti-Semitic) campaign, which, by the end of the following year, drove out most of the country’s remaining...

  • The new life

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2010 | 10:57 am

    Three things about Poland shocked me.

    The first shock came when I arrived in Warsaw on a very clear fall day last week — a bright blue sky, miles of green parks, the afternoon sun glinting off glass-fronted office towers in shades of steel, silver and blue.  I was taken aback,...

  • Poland rediscovering its Jewish past

    July 2, 2010 | 11:06 am

    From CNN.COM:

    Seventy years after Poland’s large Jewish population was virtually wiped out in World War II, their culture is making a comeback.

    Poles are today exploring their country’s Jewish past and forging links that were unthinkable a generation ago.

    Before the Nazi invasion in 1939, Poland had one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. Almost all were killed or fled and their culture was all but forgotten under Communist rule.

    Read the full story at CNN.COM.


  • A Hope-filled Look at Poland’s Jewish Renaissance

    June 8, 2010 | 6:06 pm

    An annual Jewish film festival; a week of performances by world-class klezmer acts; the construction of a $26 million Jewish museum in the country’s capital; “Tot Shabbat”: This is the stuff of Jewish communal life in many American cities.

    But when all this is happening in...

  • Poland’s tragedy is our tragedy

    April 12, 2010 | 11:01 am

    When the plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and dozens of other officials crashed in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk, Russia on Saturday, this immense disaster was also a personal tragedy.

    I lost friends in the crash that killed key leaders from the Polish...

  • ‘Tov’ Gallops Onto Stage in Blend of Jewish History, Tradition, Dance

    March 16, 2010 | 5:08 pm

    Dancers simulating the behavior of horses gallop across the stage, stepping, prancing, tossing their heads as though shaking their manes.  Their performance is mixed with spoken text, music and vocals in “Tov,” a dramatic dance work by choreographer-director Rosanna Gamson...

  • Paper pieces for peace

    By Jay Firestone

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    An ancient Japanese legend holds that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. If three L.A.-area day schools were to get one, it might be for peace and understanding.

    Pasadena's Weizmann Jewish day school hosted an interfaith origami session on Tuesday, May...

  • Briefs: Drug and immigration bust at kosher meat plant, Israel says no Hamas truce without Schalit

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Feds: Drugs Made at Kosher Meat Plant

    Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

    The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the...

  • The fear of silence

    By David Suissa

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Robert Geminder was six years old when he heard the dogs barking. He was hiding in a little pantry with his older brother, George. His mother, Bertl, would always tell them to be extra quiet, because you never knew when "the soldiers" would show up.

    When the dogs got louder, he...

  • ‘Pieces’ fall into place for Israeli actress

    By Tom Tugend

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "I long for the loss of memory," grieves Jakob, the central character in "Fugitive Pieces," a sensitive, at times wrenching, film based on the best-selling novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels and directed by her countryman, Jeremy Podeswa, the son of Holocaust survivors.

    But he is...

  • Movies: Polish drama explores Jewish-Catholic relations

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the black-and-white opening of "Forgiveness," a small, frightened girl runs through a foggy forest as dogs bark ominously in the distance.

    In the next scene, in color, a fashionably dressed American woman visits a cemetery and stops before a tombstone with a Star of David...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 26-May 2

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | APRIL 26

    Winner of the Camera d'Or prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, "Jellyfish" is another example of the remarkable cinematic explosion of Israeli films garnering critical acclaim at international film festivals. Written by Shira Geffen and directed by famed...
  • Black-Jewish Passover not about blame

    By J. David Sackman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I am disturbed, not by the content, but by the direction, of the entire discussion regarding the relationship between blacks and Jews, and particularly by the discussion about comments supposedly made at a recent awards ceremony here in Los Angeles.

    I am Jewish, of European...

  • Theo for Jews in Poland, Italian seder, HIBM awareness

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Theodore Bikel Plugs Jewish Life in Poland

    Passionately devoted to the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland, entertainer Theodore Bikel, accompanied by Tamara Brooks, performed an hour-long private concert of Yiddish, English and Hebrew songs to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Jewish...

  • Briefs: Rice pushes for renewed peace talks, U.N. votes new Iran sanctions

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Rice Pushes to Resume Peace Talks

    Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must resume, Condoleezza Rice said en route to the region.

    "Negotiations ought to resume as soon as possible," the U.S. secretary of state said Tuesday before beginning a troubleshooting trip to Israel and the...

  • Conference tackles thorny Jewish-Polish relationship

    By Jane Ulman

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In a groundbreaking collegial but hard-hitting conference sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, a slate of top scholars, public officials, diplomats and Polish Jewish community leaders met to discuss the controversial and complicated relationship of Poles and Jews.


  • Obituaries

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, 'A Rabbi's Rabbi, a Mensch's Mensch,' Dies at 93

    In a prayer for his ordination from the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in 1940, Wolfgang (Wolli) Kaelter wrote: "Grant us depth that we might understand, vision that we might see, and let us never become...

  • Not everyone forgot Jews in Shoah, Polish official says

    By Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "During the Holocaust, not everyone abandoned the Jews. Not everyone forgot about you." So spoke Poland's Undersecretary of State Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, and her words were backed by the photos and stories of 21 surviving non-Jews from Poland recognized as Righteous Among the Nations...
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