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  • Letters to the Editor: Judaism in Poland, Jewish values and cleaning up Mount Zion

    October 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Judaism in Poland

    I want to thank and congratulate you for again getting it right (“It’s Warsaw, Jake,” Oct. 18). It’s amazing what happens when power and authority are motivators. Since the Twarda has dealt with only the Orthodox community under Rabbi Michael Schudrich for...

  • Judaism in Poland: It’s Warsaw, Jake

    By Rob Eshman

    October 16, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    You would think that when the Polish edition of Forbes, the internationally respected financial magazine, publishes a front-page exposé on the disappearance of tens of millions of dollars of Holocaust restitution funds, Jews everywhere would be outraged and demand an immediate,...

  • Hadasa Cytrynowicz

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2013 | 10:04 am

    “Don’t speak, don’t cry. The Germans will hear us, and they will kill us.” Four-year-old Hadasa Cytrynowicz — then Dasha Eisenberg — silently clung to her mother, wrapped in the goose down comforter they had brought with them from Konskie, Poland, to a hut near the Bug River,...

  • Torah hidden in Polish monastery is returned

    August 29, 2013 | 11:43 am

    A Torah scroll that has been hidden in a Tuchow monastery since 1942 was returned to the synagogue in Dabrowa Tarnowska in southern Poland.

    The Torah was returned earlier this month but reported for the first time on Aug. 24.

    It had been brought to the monastery in Tuchow,...

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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...

  • Dorothy Greenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Dorothy Greenstein — then Devorah Kirszenbaum — was upstairs in her family’s apartment in Otwock, Poland, preparing for her first day of third grade and coaxing her 2-year-old nephew to eat when suddenly the whole house shook. Bombs were falling. Dorothy grabbed the toddler and ran...

  • It’s rabbi vs. rabbi in competing campaigns to overturn Poland’s shechitah ban

    August 6, 2013 | 10:54 am

    A few weeks before Poland’s parliament voted last month on whether to overturn a ban on ritual slaughter, Rabbi Menachem Margolin was scheduled to meet the Polish president in an effort to find a solution to the problem.

    The ban had been imposed in January, when a Polish...

  • German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who saved Jews during WWII, dies

    August 1, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who rescued Jewish workers in occupied Poland by employing them during World War II, has died.

    Beitz’s death Tuesday at the age of 99 was announced by the foundation he headed, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung.

    In 1942,...

  • Give Polish Jewry a kosher choice

    July 31, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Remember “Had Gadya”? What satisfaction when, onto the scene of carnage, walks the Holy One of Blessing, and destroys the angel of death that slew the butcher that killed the ox that drank the water that quenched the fire that burned the stick that beat the dog that bit the cat...

  • What’s up with Poland?

    July 24, 2013 | 9:52 am

    As JTA’s Cnaan Liphshiz reported last week, the Polish legislature’s decision not to overturn a ban on kosher slaughter has stirred up a stew of anti-Semitic commentary and led to a sense of unease among some Polish Jews.

    But was the vote the product of a young democracy’s clumsy...

  • Polish minister asks Jews, Muslims to sue over ritual slaughter

    July 23, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A Polish government minister asked Jewish and Muslim representatives to petition the country’s Constitutional Court to sort out conflicting laws that have led to a ban on ritual slaughter.

    According to a statement Monday by the office of Michal Boni, the Polish minister...

  • Poles ban kosher slaughter

    July 17, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    In their Krakow home, Anna Makowka Kwapisiewicz and her husband, Piotr, skim through an online article about Poland’s recent ban on kosher slaughter.

    What they find even more disturbing than the actual news are the comments posted by other readers.

    Hundreds of comments calling...

  • No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 16, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    With great chutzpah and an undercurrent of antisemitism the Polish Parliament has rejected a bill proposed by the government to permit Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter. As has been the case in other European countries that have banned kosher slaughter, the process is deemed...

  • Robert Geminder

    By Jane Ulman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    In the early morning of Oct. 12, 1941, German authorities ordered the Jews of Stanislawow, Poland, to report to the town square. Six-year-old Robert (Bob) Geminder huddled there with his mother, grandmother and brother, George. The group of approximately 20,000 Jews was then...

  • The Continuing Mystery of Bruno Schulz

    June 15, 2013 | 11:12 pm

    The great writer and mystifier Bruno Schulz left a plethora of puzzles, myths and hidden chambers in two thin booklets of essays. However, one of his lesser-known and most challenging riddles was forgotten under a thick layer of paint in one of the former villas of Drohobych.

    ...
  • Two big events in Poland this weekend

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    June 13, 2013 | 11:46 am

    (This post also appears on my blog at  jewish-heritage-travel.blogspot.com)

    Two long-awaiting events are happening in Poland next weekend -- the opening of the Jewish museum installed in the restored synagogue in the little town of Chmielnik, and the opening of the restored...

  • 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...

  • Irene Rosenberg

    By Jane Ulman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    “Mommy, I’ll be right back.” Irene Rosenberg — then Irene Grunfeld — said as she was leaving the apartment of her cousin Mancy Weiss, where she and her mother were staying temporarily. It was a Friday afternoon in May 1944, and Irene, who was almost 22, was stepping out to shop for...

  • ‘The Property’: Graphic in gray areas

    May 15, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Rutu Modan’s recently released graphic novel, “The Property,” is the latest in a long line of works using the medium to express the Jewish experience.

    In 1978, Will Eisner began popularizing the long-form comics format with Lower East Side Jewish tales in “A Contract With God.”...

  • Those that went mad at dawn!

    April 18, 2013 | 1:23 am

    Today is April 10th … a significant date for Polish people, being another anniversary of the Smoleńsk catastrophe, which some call an assassination. I have no intention of debating here, what happened there that day, since I am not an aviation expert and was not present at the...

  • “Polish assholes” in Auschwitz

    April 18, 2013 | 1:15 am

    Finally, we got to the March of the Living. A group of young Jews from several cities in Poland who decided to take part in this enormous and powerful way of remembering the ones who perished in the Shoah. We were accompanied by several non-Jewish people, life partners and friends...

  • Moving speeches mark March of the Living

    April 10, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    Spring came exceptionally late to southern Poland this year, the patches of snow along the railway track into the former Birkenau concentration camp a reminder that winter had begun to loosen its grip just two days earlier. Yet that didn’t stop some 11,000 people marching the 3...

  • Australian businessman and survivor Frank Lowy addresses March of the Living

    April 10, 2013 | 5:29 am

    Australian-based Holocaust survivor Frank Lowy delivered the keynote address at the March of the Living ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Yom Hashoah.

    The program also marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

    Lowy, who survived the war on the run from his...

  • Poland has one month supply of kosher meat left

    April 8, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Poland's Jewish community has about a one month supply of kosher meat left, following a ban on ritual slaughter that went into effect at the beginning of the year.

    Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, confirmed to JTA on Monday from...

  • What happened at Belzec

    April 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    In the summer of 1993, my father and I visited the site of the extermination camp of Belzec in eastern Poland, where my grandparents were among half a million Jews murdered by the Nazis in 1942.

    That visit would change my life. 

    I was working on a book about my father’s...

  • Reliving the Holocaust

    By Jane Ulman

    April 3, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    "They’re going to come with the dogs. They’re going to start beating me.” Pola Lipnowski spoke in Yiddish, an expression of sheer terror on her face. She turned to her daughter, Hendel Schwartz, for protection. 

    But Lipnowski was not in Poland. She was in her room at Emmy Monash...

  • How the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum changed my life

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 3, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    My daughter, Ilana, then a young college student, asked if she could go with me to the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on April 22, 1993 (the date was tied to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’s 50th anniversary). I said: “I will be leaving very early.” She...

  • Gloria Ungar

    By Jane Ulman

    March 28, 2013 | 8:11 am

    "Sorry, children. I’m not going to jeopardize my life for your father’s money.” The Christian forester smuggling three Jewish children across the border from Poland to Slovakia had stopped abruptly, wished them luck and told them to keep walking. But Gloria Ungar — then Gitta Nagel...

  • Once imprisoned, now free

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    The poetry of Naftali Herz Kon was finally released from the imprisonment of the Polish Archives.

    In January this year I was exploring complicated happenings around the poetry of Naftali Herz Kon. The poet was accused of espionage and all his archives were confiscated in the...

  • What was the Holocaust for the “people’s government”?

    March 19, 2013 | 7:45 am

    First, one must ask the question, what was the so-called people’s government in Poland? Right after the Germans yielded, I am purposely avoiding the word ‘liberation’, the Soviets dictated their way of running the country. The system, which was forced on Poland, wasn’t Lenin...

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