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4 January 2009

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Israeli musicians tour Poland in tribute to Irena Sendler 08.01.2009 Listen 3,58 MB
The Ra'anana Symphony Orchestra from Israeli opens a tour of Poland  in tribute to Irena Sendler, the Polish woman who saved two and a half thousand Jewish children from the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland.





We invite you to buy the Jewish Calendar for the year 5769 (2008/2009), beautifully illustrated with photographs by Chris Schwarz of the Galicia Jewish Museum. The Calendar contains a thorough schedule of the Jewish Shabbats and holidays for Warsaw, Cracow, Lodz, Wroclaw and Budapest. If interested, please contact us: fodz@fodz.pl.

All works on cemeteries are carried out under the Halakha supervision of the Chief Rabbi of Poland and the Rabbinical Board for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe.


It is with great sadness that I must inform our readers of the death, on July 28, of our much loved friend Barbara Berger. She died serenely because she had come to terms with the certain outcome of the leukemia that took her away from her loving and beloved husband Professor Paul Pupier and her devoted only sister Danuta Berger, who - despite having twice donated bone marrow - was unable to save Barbara's life.

Barbara was one of the founders of our POLISH- JEWISH- HERITAGE FOUNDATION, over which she presided for several terms. We owe Barbara a great deal and we express our gratitude for her tremendous contribution. On behalf of all our members I wish to express our deepest regrets at her premature passing.

Irena Bellert


Tosia Szechter Schneider

My name is Tosia Szechter Schneider, I was born in a beautiful little resort town on the Dniester river-Zaleszczyki. The memories of my happy childhood are overshadowed by the horror of the Holocaust.


6th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival` 08, Nov. 4-9  

This year the 6. edition of the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, organized in Poland since 2003, focuses on films starring late Gustaw Holoubek which feature the actor's  unforgettable and remarkable roles.

The Festival will be held in Warsaw, in KINOTEKA and the screening room of SGH (Warsaw School of Economics), between November 4 and 9, 2008.


Catholic Poles saving country's crumbling Jewish cemeteries

By The Associated Press

Tags: Jewish World, Poland

ZDUNSKA WOLA, Poland - About 30 Roman Catholic Poles have taken it upon themselves to preserve what they see as a unique and important aspect of their nation's history - the crooked and crumbling markers in Poland's neglected Jewish cemeteries.



He duped Nazis, saved thousands

Because Eugene Lazowski was a doctor, he believed he should not kill. He would not even shoulder a rifle.

But he also could not stand by while other good and innocent people were killed.

And so when the Nazis overran Poland in World War II, Lazowski yearned to find a way to fight back, to protect human life, and he seized upon a paradoxical instrument of salvation--the German army's profound fear of disease. While German industrialist Oskar Schindler, whose heroic story was told in the movie "Schindler's List," employed bribes and influence to protect as many as 1,000 Jews who worked in his factory, Lazowski slyly used medical science to save the lives of thousands of Jews and other Poles in 12 Polish villages. He and a fellow physician, Stanislaw Matulewicz, faked a typhus epidemic that forced the German army to quarantine the villages.


In Search of the Past
Mila Mesner - August, 2008  

It was with feelings of apprehension that we planned our 2008 trip to Europe, which in part was a search for my past.  It all started with my book 'Light from the Shadow'. For a long time I have felt that I would like my book to reach my city  Zaleszczyki ,and to be read by young people there.   As I no longer knew anyone in Zaleszczyki , I addressed the envelope with my book to the City Hall.    After a few months, I received a letter from Wasyl Olijnyk, the Director of the Regional Museum. 



From the July 7th, 2008 edition of Klos

Translated from the Ukrainian by Mila Sandberg Mesner

It all started with the book Light from the Shadows, a gift to the Mayor of our town Zaleszczyki. The author Mila Sandberg Mesner was born in Zaleszczyki, and now lives in Montreal, Canada. The book was published in English, in Montreal in 2005. This edition includes 130 pages, and 16 photographs. In this book Mila shares her recollections of her beloved city Zaleszczyki, memories of her family, and memories of the horror of the German occupation in the ghetto in Kolomea.


Waclaw Szybalski (edited English version and partially translated polish version of Zygmunt Albert's Polish book "Kazn Profesorow Lwowskich")


The Baudouin Orphanage

Shmuel Ben Eliezer
Posted Aug 27 2008

On Thursday August 21 an unusual ceremony took place at the Baudouin Orphanage in Warsaw, Poland.  This orphanage saved more than 150 Jewish children during WW II.  At a time that the staff was barely able to keep non-Jewish children alive (lack of food, medicines, etc), they continued to take in Jewish children even while risking their own lives and the lives of the other children.  Miraculously, they were never caught by the Nazis.  This orphanage has been is existence for more than 200 years and is struggling with its present financial situation.


June 30 2008



Eva Hoffman: 'The first impulse was to write about music'

Eva Hoffman was a budding pianist before her family had to leave Poland for Canada. Fifty years on, she tells Matthew J Reisz how recitals and romance fill her new book


By Dinah A. Spritzer
June 25, 2006

PRAGUE, June 25 (JTA) - Anyone who thinks the planned $58 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews doesn't have the support of general Polish society might have to reconsider.


Trial of Jewish Heritage opened in Poland


The Trial of Jewish Heritage Places connected with the history of Polish Jews from the north-western city of Bialystok has been opened today.


From Lucyna Artymiuk

June 30 2008

I am just finishing reading a most interesting book -

Jews in Eastern Poland and the USSR 1939-46 ed  Norman Davies and Antony Polonsky

published in 1991
series of articles by various academics


Ha'aretz, May 23, 2008

Whoever controls the past

By Laurence Weinbaum

It was Orwell who observed that whoever controls the past controls the future, and whoever controls the present controls the past. That is why contemporary politics in Poland, a great repository of Jewish history, are of such interest and importance to Jewish historians. In recent months, a heated debate among Polish intellectuals and politicians was triggered by the publication of the Polish edition of Jan Gross' provocative best-seller, "Fear."


On behalf of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation

May 13th 2008

Irena Sendler, a person admired by all of us, passed away on the 12th of May 2008 in Warsaw Poland at the age of 98.
Her heroic efforts to smuggle out and safely place in hiding 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto led to her arrest.
She was tortured and condemned to death by the Nazis.
Members of the Zegota underground managed to secure her release.
Despite her brush with death her courage allowed her to continue helping those in need. Yad Vashem recognised Irena Sendler as Righteous Among Nations  in 1965.  She received the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's  highest civilian decoration.
For her selfless courage, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. May her shining example continue to inspire us.



May she rest in peace.

May 15, 2008

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's World War Two resistance heroine Irena Sendler, who saved thousands of Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers, was buried on Thursday to the accompaniment of Roman Catholic and Jewish prayers.
Sendler, who died on Monday aged 98, was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her wartime achievement of smuggling an estimated 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto.


May She Rest in Peace.

From Life in a Jar "News Week".
May 15, 2008.
In memory of Irena Sendler.

She was buried today at St. Boromeusz Church at Powazki Cemetery. Her funeral was at noon, Warsaw time.

Comments from the funeral:
"Professor Michael Glowinski (a child saved by Irena) made a fantastic speech at the cemetery, and Rabbi Schudrich sang a psalm, so it was really something beautiful, and somehow comforting. I don't have any more tears to cry."
"Michael said it ALL." He spoke such special words."


Irena Sendler, Lifeline to Young Jews, Is Dead at 98

Published: May 13, 2008

Irena Sendler, a Roman Catholic who created a network of rescuers in Poland, who smuggled about 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto in World War II, some of them in coffins, died Monday in Warsaw. She was 98.


WARSAW, Poland
April 19, 2008

The throngs of Jews and non-Jews from Poland, Israel and as far away as Australia who gathered in and around Poland's Warsaw Ghetto Square on Tuesday proved that time has not diminished respect for heroism and the refusal to bow to a bestial enemy.


Interview with Polish Director Andrzej Wajda: An Elegy for Poland's Painful Past

April 11, 2008

by Vera von Kreutzbruck
- Germany -

Andrzej Wajda was 13 years old when World War II broke out. Together with his mother he lived most of his life in the vain hope that his father might have survived the war: his father's name had never appeared on any official list of Polish soldiers killed in combat. The truth, discovered years later, was that Captain Wajda had been shot cold-bloodedly by the Soviet secret police in a prison in the western Soviet Union. Andrzej and around 22,000 other people had waited for their loved ones in vain.



Israel's President Shimon Peres and President Lech Kaczynski of Poland, 14
April 2008

The Polish and Israeli presidents visited Treblinka on Monday

Poland is holding events to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.


March 17, 2008


The good news is that observant Jews who go to Poland on business, as tourists or to trace their family roots no longer have to fill their suitcases with cans of tuna and packets of powdered soup.

The bad news is that while Jewish life has resurrected itself in Poland and one can walk through the streets in Hassidic garb without attracting undue attention, anti-Semitism still exists.



WARSAW - The powerful, muscle-bound figures on the monument designed by Nathan Rappaport in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters emphasized the emptiness of the square that was once a lively Jewish area, and later a killing ground. None of its inhabitants resembled the strong people on the sculpture. They were heroes of a different ilk.



Published: 04/10/2008

Israel and Poland are upgrading ties.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hosted his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, this week for talks on improving bilateral relations.



The commemorative ceremonies started at the former Nazi death camp Treblinka

Poles, Israelis and survivors commemorated the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in the Polish capital on Tuesday, April 15. The insurrection against German occupiers was "a victory over human bestiality," Israel's president said.



March 15, 2008


Beginning this week, Jews who left Poland for Israel in the wake of the March 1968 "anti-Zionist" disturbances will be allowed to reclaim their Polish citizenship.

Polish Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Grzegorz Schetyna announced Monday that all Poles who were forced to leave Poland after 1968 would have their citizenship recognized automatically.


Books: Wartime memoir a lesson in finding family treasures


Michael Berenbaum

"Every Day Lasts A Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence From Poland," edited by Christopher R. Browing, Richard S. Hollander and Nechama Tec (Cambridge University Press, $28).

Over the past several years, a new genre of original Jewish documentation has emerged in closets and attics of Holocaust survivors. The documentation has all the authority of the diaries and notes that were written in situ, within the ghettos, within hiding, even within concentration camps and elsewhere during the Holocaust.



March 15, 2008

Katyn, a name that haunts Poland, may gain greater familiarity in the West. A new book from Yale University Press and a new, Oscar- nominated film from director Andrzej Wajda offer different takes on the Stalinist mass murder of Polish prisoners of war in the spring of 1940 and its 50-year cover-up.


From Warsaw Business Journal
by Adam Zdrodowski


President Lech Kaczyński has honored participants of the March 1968 demonstrations. Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the so-called "March 1968" events officially started in Poland last week. On March 6, President Lech Kaczyński recognized 45 participants of student and intellectual protests against Poland's communist government.


Warsaw Ghetto borders to be marked in red



Sixty-five years after half a million Jews suffered in ghetto, every visitor to Polish capital to be reminded of their fate
Itamar Eichner

Sixty-five years ago it was a place of sorrow and suffering, where hundreds of thousands of Jews lost their lives. But residents or tourists walking in the heart of Warsaw's business district cannot imagine that at the same place, so many years back, 400,000 people were sentenced to death.


Radio Online  -  Radio Polonia
Polish-Jewish relations

Report by Michal Kubicki
March 12, 2006

During a recent visit to the United States, Polish president Lech Kaczynski met with representatives of the American Jewish Committee. Since the fall of communism in Poland in 1989, Polish authorities have made efforts towards improving ties with Jewish communities in Israel and the rest of the world.


The article originally appeared in German in the Frankfurter Rundschau on January 18, 2008.


21 January 2008

Jan Tomasz Gross has taken on the difficult task of removing blind spots in Polish history. His new book "Fear" has sparked an emotional debate in the country of his birth, where anti-Semitism is not a popular subject. By Jakub Kloc-Konkolowicz


Israel's chief rabbi in Poland to revive first post-Holocaust rabbinical group


WARSAW (AFP-EJP)---Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi Yona Metzger has arrived in Poland to formally revive the rabbinical association in the country, a highly symbolic step in what before the Holocaust was Europe's Jewish heartland.


Apology for the mistake concerning Krakow !
Dr. Paulsson:

I am writing you in reference to your very well-conceived letters concerning the piece we ran in the February issue of Town & Country by Susan Crandell.We have received numerous letters echoing your complaints about our misstatement of fact, and we deeply regret the error. We do fact-check all of our stories, but unfortunately, the point about the residents of Krakow collaborating with the Nazis was not confirmed with an independent source, and we simply got our facts wrong. As a woman of Polish descent, I am even more remorseful for having made this error.


Emanuel Ringelblum, The Warsaw Ghetto, And The Oyneg Shabes Archive

By:  Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Over the past 12 years that I have been writing this column I discussed the Ringelblum Archives numerous times. The first article was when I saw the archives and the efforts to preserve them. I also wrote about them when a portion went on exhibit in New York, as well as when there was a renewed search for the remaining missing parts on the grounds of the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw.


By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer

In order to emphasize the magnitude of the Holocaust and genocide, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology: Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Henryk Domanski, created the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, on July 2 2003.


American Jewish Congress

Praises Polish Foreign Minister
for Clear Stance on Anti-Semitism

February 5, 2008

New York - The American Jewish Committee praised the newly-appointed Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski for instructing Polish diplomats around the world to avoid any contact with Jan Kobylanski, leader of the South American Polonia organization, USOPAL.


Dreaded Book on Deaths of Polish Jews Enters Second Print Run in Poland


February 4, 2008

Bookstores in Poland are restocking copies of a book on Polish anti-Semitism after World War II as a prosecutor investigates whether it violates a law prohibiting ``slander against the nation.''
The book, ``Fear. Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz'' by Princeton University professor Jan Tomasz Gross, sold out days after the first 25,000 volumes were published. A second print run of 20,000 is being sent to bookstores from today.


http://www.jewishpress.com/print.do/29764/Secular Organizations_In_Poland.html

by ": Shmuel Ben Eliezer
February 6, 2008

I am often asked what Jewish life in Poland is really like. Because I am a practicing religious Jew, I have been told that my writing is often biased towards the religious community and that I ignore the secular Jews who today are the majority in Poland.


In denial

From Economist.com

Russia revives a vicious lie

Feb 7th 2008



Jan Tomasz Gross interview, PolAm Dems, John Guzlowski on NPR, The Defense

Shield 1/21/08

Waldemar Piasecki interview with Jan Tomasz Gross, the author of Fear An Appeal by Polish American democratic leaders. Ambassador Nicholas Rey and Marilyn Piurek co-chair of DNC ethnic committee

Therapy with "Fear" [from Tygodnik Przegląd]

Waldemar Piasecki

Associate me with thinking of Jan Karski, whose truths also aroused pseudo-patriotic fury among many know-it-alls about Poland, observes Jan Tomasz Gross in an interview with Waldemar Piasecki.    


By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Foreign Service

Amazon site
Friday, January 18, 2008; A14

WARSAW -- Polish prosecutors are considering taking the unusual step of filing criminal charges against an Ivy League professor for allegedly "slandering the Polish nation" in a book that describes how Poles victimized Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in the aftermath of World War II.


The Economist
Jan 24th 2008

A CRIME and a lie are the twin strands in the shameful tragedy of Katyn: the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers by the Soviet secret police, and the cover-up that followed. Now Andrzej Wajda, Poland's leading film maker, has made his last film (he is 81) about what he calls the "unhealed wound" in his country's history.


By Anne Applebaum

a film directed by Andrzej Wajda, written by Andrzej Mularczyk and Andrzej Wajda



My best wishes for the Chanukah, X-mass and a very happy New Year 2008!

I will be in Miami until February. Then I will start again republishing recent articles of interest to members and friends of Polish-Jewish-Heritage Foundation.


Victims of Nazi Pseudo-science
Zwoje  Copyright C 1997-2007

Nazi plunder of Warsaw Zoo
It was September 1939. Screams of dying and wounded animals mingled with whistling projectiles and explosions as Warsaw's Zoological Garden, located near the capital's air defences, came under heavy German bombardment. Polar bears ran loose, their white furs streaked with blood. Kasia the elephant died struck by a shell, while her two-year old daughter Tuzinka (only the twelfth known elephant to have been born in a zoo up to that time) trumpeted her distress.


The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

WARSAW, Poland: In the chilling final scene of "Katyn," the new film from Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda, Soviet secret police execute one Polish army officer after another in a dank cellar, washing away the blood with buckets of water.


Nov 21, 2007

Poland has announced that former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski will be a foreign policy advisor for Warsaw's complex relations with Germany, Russia and Israel, which have all come under strain recently.


The Associated Press
Published: November 21, 2007

WARSAW, Poland: Poland's new prime minister picked an 85-year-old Auschwitz survivor and former foreign minister as a foreign policy adviser Wednesday.


Wartime Truths

by Andrea Crawford


In 1945, Jerzy Andrzejewski's novel of the Warsaw ghetto enraged Poles and Jews alike. How will it read to audiences today?



15 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland - A new documentary film that recounts the heroic efforts and violent deaths of Poles who helped Jews during the Holocaust premiered Wednesday, amid efforts by Poland to alter a lingering reputation for anti-Semitism.


Keeping alive the memory of Krakow's "golden era" of Jewish life

 By John Beauchamp

In pre-war Poland - Jews were one of the largest minorities. And in the
southern city of Kraków they played a prominent role in everyday life with a thriving and dynamic culture. Eighty years after this golden era, the International Cultural Centre is hosting an exhibition that serves as a reminder of what everyday life in Jewish Kraków was really like
In pre-war Poland - Jews were one of the largest minorities.


Holocaust survivor meets savior after 62 years

By Robert MacMillan
Nov 23, 2007


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Golda Bushkanietz is not religious but when Irena Walulewicz helped save her from death at the hands of the Nazis, she thought an angel saved her.


An enduring myth: "The Poles were worse than the Nazis."


Friday, October 26, 2007

Last week I was in Poland. While there I kept stressing to the people with whom I was traveling that it is wrong to depict Poland as a place of unending anti-Semitism or to fall prey to the absurd but, nonetheless, oft-heard comment made by Jews who visit the place, "The Poles were worse than the Nazis."


A hero brought to stage

Mary Vallis, National Post  Published:

Monday, December 03, 2007

Eight years ago, deep in the heart of the American Midwest, inside a Kansas classroom, four students needed a National History Day project and told their teacher they wanted to learn more about the Holocaust.


The Polish Witch-Hunt

By Adam Michnik,

Translated from the Polish

 by Olga Amsterdamska, Irena Grudzinska Gross

The New York Review of Books

Volume 54, Number 11 . June 28, 2007

Recently, the Polish government attempted to strip Bronisław Geremek of his seat in the European Parliament, to which he had been elected in 2004. The Parliament immediately voted to condemn the Polish government's action. One of Poland's most distinguished public figures, Geremek was a leader of Solidarity and a former political prisoner of the Communist regime. As foreign minister from 1997 to 2000, he was responsible for Poland's accession to NATO. The Polish government tried to have him dismissed because Geremek had refused to sign a declaration that he had not been a secret police agent during the Communist years.


[The New York Times]
Seeking witnesses of Holocaust

October 19, 2007
Father Desbois' subjects were mostly children and teenagers at the time, terrified witnesses to mass slaughter.


Together Down The Rabbit Hole Of War

In an Austrian labor camp, Rachel Mitzmacher and righteous gentile Wladyslaw Misiuna forged a lifetime friendship.

by Carolyn Slutsky
Staff Writer

It was in a warehouse used for breeding rabbits in Nazi-occupied Poland that the creation story of the Mitzmacher-Misiuna family friendship began.


The jumble of political parties in Poland and other nations just fosters volatility.

By Timothy Garton Ash The Los Angeles Times

October 25, 2007

Every so often, just when you're getting tired of it, you are reminded what a wonderful thing democracy is. Last Sunday, young Poles queued up patiently, not just in Warsaw and Wroclaw but in Dublin and London, to vote for a Poland in which they would have a future.


Michael Freund
October 30, 2007

Slowly but energetically, the circle of worshipers made its way around the interior of Krakow's Kupa synagogue, their voices rising ever more forcefully in song and prayer.


By Beverly Beckham,  November 4, 2007


I thought that Auschwitz might explain it. That's why I went. To learn. To know.


Out of the Attic, Family Memoirs With a Nazi Past

Berliner Katrin Himmler
Was Shocked at SS Ties;
Grandmother's Connections

November 7, 2007; Page A1

BERLIN -- As a young girl, Katrin Himmler asked her grandmother about the man in a black suit in a photograph hanging on her living-room wall. Her grandmother didn't say much, but she cried.
The man in the picture was Ms. Himmler's grandfather Ernst, a brother of Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler. The little that Katrin's family did tell her about her grandfather, who disappeared during fierce fighting in Berlin in 1945, was that he was apolitical.


By Brandon Griggs

The Salt Lake Tribune

In Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, two resourceful keepers of the city's bombed-out zoo rescued Jews by smuggling them into empty animal enclosures. At a time when handing a thirsty Jew a cup of water was punishable by death, this brave Polish couple outwitted the surrounding Germans and spared the lives of some 300 people.



By:  Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Date Posted: September 11, 2007

For many, Polish Jewry is a misnomer; they (even those that come to visit) think that there is no longer any Jewish life, that it was all killed in the Holocaust. In the past year, I have been privileged to see just how much life there is in Poland.



Poland's acclaimed director Andrzej Wajda trained the bright light of cinema on Wednesday on one of his country's darkest episodes: that of the Soviet massacre of 22,500 Polish army officers and civilians in 1940.


Note on Place Names
Note on Transliteration

Part I Polish - Jewish Relations in North America



September 12, 2007

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Maxim Krans) - When Russia was recognized as the de facto successor to the U.S.S.R. it inherited not only its property, nuclear arsenal and a huge foreign debt, but also the heavy, often unbearable, burden of historic responsibility for the policies and actions of former regimes.


Polish leader honours massacred officers on Russia visit 9/17/07 http://www.russiatoday.ru/features/news/14259/video

MOSCOW (AFP) - Poland's Lech Kaczynski on Monday made his first visit as president to Russia for highly charged commemorations for 22,500 Polish servicemen massacred by Soviet secret police in World War II.



Singer's Warsaw

The 4th festival of Jewish Culture is in full swing in the Polish capital. It is yet another festival presenting the Jewish culture and tradition in Poland after the Krakow Jewish Festival held in summer. The Warsaw event is entitled- Singer's Warsaw.



September 06 , 2007
Day Of Remembrance In Lodz
By:  Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Date Posted: September 5, 2007

A Day of Remembrance for the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto was recently held in the city. The mayor of Lodz, the Israel Ambassador to Poland and the Chief Rabbi of Poland led the march, of nearly 1,000, from the Jewish cemetery to the site of the Radegast Train Station where the Jews had been gathered before being sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.



Poland's Cardinal Dziwisz wants Radio Maryja put under scrutiny

Created: Tuesday, September 4. 2007

Catholic weekly "Tygodnik Powszechny" has published a speech by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz - a former assistant to John Paul II - in which he appeals to Polish bishops to take the controversial Catholic media Radio Maryja and Trwam TV under close scrutiny.


'We can call this conference anti-Israeli,'
Polish MEP* says
Yaakov Lappin


A conference of UN NGOs (non-governmental organizations) on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to be hosted at the European Parliament this month, will be boycotted by Polish Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the political spectrum, who say that the conference is biased against Israel.


From: Aragorn
To: czestochowajews-yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 8:21 AM
Subject: [czestochowajews] Cemetery Update


This morning,  Halina Wasilewicz (Chair of the Czewa TSKZ) and Prof Jerzy Mizgalski  and I (on behalf of our World Society) composed a letter to the City President of Czestochowa, Dr Tadeusz Wrona, expressing our shock at the desecration of graves in our cemetery and the fear that one act of stupidity and vandalism such as this, could undo all the efforts of not only Sigmund Rolat and our World Society, but also that of Dr Wrona and the City of Czestochowa over the last decade - efforts, not only to protect the Jewish heritage of this city, but also the promotion of dialogue and understanding that has been built up over that decade between Jews and Catholics in this city.


The Jewish Press
By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer    

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Vandals Desecrate Cemetery

Last week, Mr. Sigmund Rolat visited his birthplace in Poland, the city of Czestochowa. As he does on every trip, he took time out to pay his respects to the local Jewish cemetery. On this last trip, he made the horrible discovery that approximately 100 matzevot (gravestones) had been marked with anti-Semitic phrases and Nazi symbols. The markings included the letters SS, swastikas and the slogan "Jude Raus" ("Jews Out" written in German).


3 August 2007


WARSAW (AFP) - Russian and Polish authorities on Thursday published a hefty volume of documents, many of them never declassified before, which shed new light on the ill-fated 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis.




Thursday June 28,2007

THE notorious Auschwitz concentration camp is to be renamed, after a campaign to make it clear that the death centre was established and run by Germans, not by Poles.
The Polish government an­nounced yesterday that Unesco " the UN's cultural arm " has accepted its request for a change of name.


Not just for Jews: Companies show
support for Polish Jewish museum

By Dinah A. Spritzer
June 25, 2006

PRAGUE, June 25 (JTA) - Anyone who thinks the planned $58 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews doesn't have the support of general Polish society might have to reconsider.


7 Tammuz 5767, 23 June 07 04:48
by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) Plans are underway to eternalize the history and contributions of Jewry in both Poland and Alaska. Half the world's Jews trace their ancestry to Poland; somewhat fewer hail from Alaska.


JTA Wire Service
Dinah A. Spritzer
JUNE 23, 2007


The June 26 groundbreaking at the site in Warsaw where the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is scheduled to open in 2009 will feature a speech by newly elected Israeli President Shimon Peres. Peres, a native of Poland, was one of the early supporters of the $65 million museum, where visitors in eight galleries will be able to explore the 1,000-year history of Polish Jewry.


By Adam Michnik, Translated from the Polish by Irena Grudzinska Gross


Recently, the Polish government attempted to strip Bronisław Geremek of his seat in the European Parliament, to which he had been elected in 2004. The Parliament immediately voted to condemn the Polish government's action. One of Poland's most distinguished public figures, Geremek was a leader of Solidarity and a former political prisoner of the Communist regime. As foreign minister from 1997 to 2000, he was responsible for Poland's accession to NATO. The Polish government tried to have him dismissed because Geremek had refused to sign a declaration that he had not been a secret police agent during the Communist years.



By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer
Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Summer Travel to Poland (Part II)

When traveling, it is best to do a little homework first ; the more you know and prepare for a trip the more you will get out of it.


Tickets Please


09:45 , 05.31.07

Concentration camps may charge for entry ticket

Some of most notorious Nazi death camps, now run as museums, could soon demand entrance fee from visitors to help to finance educational facilities, The Times reports. 'These are graveyards; you do not pay to mourn the dead,' says spokesman for Central Board of Jews in Germany


"On what Poles and Jews don't like to remember"


Author: Adam Michnik (editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza daily, former leader of anti-communist opposition, human rights activist,)
Source: dialog.org. (Lecture given in July 1995 in Krakow, on a conference entitled "Polish remembrance - Jewish remembrance", first published in Tygodnik Powszechny of 16th July 1995)
Translation: MoPoPressReview (beta version)

The problem of Jewish remembrance of Poland is anti-Semitism. But the problem of Polish remembrance, is that Poles often encounter hostility from Jews.
My roots


The tolerance must be mutual

By Wladyslaw Bartoszewski

June 1 2007

I am a Polish Catholic from Warsaw, now visiting Israel for the 15th time. I belong to an older generation of Poles, but have continued to write, engage in historical research, and take an active part in public and political life. In Israel, this generation includes personalities like Prof. Israel Gutman, of Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, and Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, highly respected in Poland since winning the Nobel Peace Prize.


Groundbreaking for Museum of Jewish History of Polish Jews
By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer
Wednesday, May 9, 2007


It has been more than 10 years since its conception, but finally the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of Jewish History of Polish Jews has been set for June 26, 2007.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/06/05/2007-06- 05 moving diary of polish anne frank unveil.html

Tuesday, June 5th 2007

Stanislawa Sapinska of Poland, center, is accompanied through the Hall of Names at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial during a ceremony marking the diary's publication.



By Israel Gutman

Several days ago, on May 25, Haaretz published an article by Yitzhak Laor entitled "The east is ours." In the piece, Laor discussed the frescoes of writer and artist Bruno Schulz, which were brought to Yad Vashem, in Israel. Laor complains, "The truth is that Hebrew readers knew nothing about Schulz until 1979," the year when "Cinnamon Shops," a book of his stories, was published in Hebrew.


Staff Reporter

Renata Zajdman of Montreal, a child survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto shares Irena Sendler's story with high shool students from Uniontown Kansas


A letter from Norman Conard
After the trip to Montreal
25 May 2007

Montreal, you were wonderful.  We just returned from a powerful set of presentations in Montreal, Canada.  We salute Herman Gruenwald and the Eva and Herman Gruenwald Holocaust Education Fund for bringing us to Canada.  Also, we thank Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom for making this trip possible.

We presented at the Polish Consulate in Montreal, to the Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation.  Thanks to the foundation president, Ilona Gruda for her kindness and the dinner.  Also, thanks to the Polish Ambassador to Canada and the other embassy and consulate officials who visited our presentations.


The Family Who Died for Sheltering Jews
Zenit News Agency

March 23, 2007

ROME, MARCH 23, 2007 (Zenit.org).- For harboring Jews, the nine members of the Ulma family were executed by firing squad in 1944 in their German-occupied Polish village.


North American Council
June 8 2007

Dear Friends,

As you already know, the much anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will take place in Warsaw on June 26. For this MHPJ North American Council update, we'd like to share with you some of the events surrounding this historic occasion.


Life in a Jar in Montreal
A letter from Norman Conard
After the trip to Montreal
25 May 2007

Montreal, you were wonderful.  We just returned from a powerful set of presentations in Montreal, Canada.  We salute Herman Gruenwald and the Eva and Herman Gruenwald Holocaust Education Fund for bringing us to Canada.  Also, we thank Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom for making this trip possible.



American Leads a New Generation of Polish Jews

By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, March 26, 2007; A01

WARSAW -- The anti-Semitic hooligan picked on the wrong guy when he yelled a slur, hurled a punch and fired pepper spray at a Jew walking near a synagogue here last May.



Sigmund Rolat And Wayne Zuckerman Honored At YU Museum
 By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Monday, April 2, 2007

Sigmund Rolat And Wayne Zuckerman Honored At YU Museum

The exhibit "And I Still See Their Faces," at the Yeshiva University Museum in the Jewish History Center in N.Y., was the site of a gala reception honoring two of Polish Jewry's greatest friends, Mr. Sigmund Rolat and Wayne Zuckerman.


'Faces' are traces of a decimated culture

Friday, March 23, 2007

And I Still See Their Faces: The Vanished World of Polish Jews

Where: Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W. 16th St., New York When: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays through June 24 How much: $8; $6 seniors, students and children ages 5-17. Price includes admission to other exhibits in the Center for Jewish History, where the museum is located. Call (212) 294-8330 or go to www.yumuseum.org. For the exhibit catalog, go to www.shalom.org.pl.


An Archive With Tales To Tell

By Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, March 6, 2007; A19 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/05/AR2007030501186.html

Anyone who has ever had the good luck to work in old archives knows how surprising they can be. A thick and unappetizing file might, with patience, yield a wealth of interesting detail; a pile of yellowed papers can contain the solution to an old riddle. Recently, an amateur archivist stumbled across the letters of Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father, in a collection of documents that had been gathering dust in the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for 30 years -- proving that there was still more to learn, even about the most famous of all Holocaust victims, even in the middle of New York City.


For these students, restoring Jewish cemeteries in Poland means history is alive

By Tamar Rotem

Twelfth grader Eliana Kessler has gotten used to the surprised reactions she gets when she tells people that her pre-army service trip will be a visit to Jewish cemeteries in Poland. It will be the second time that Kessler will be restoring old gravestones, and the names of the Polish towns she has already visited roll off her tongue.


We Will Never Forget Their Faces

Carolyn Slutsky - Staff Writer

The Jewish Week
22 March 200

Haunting photo exhibit brings together 450 images - and other artifacts - of Jewish life in prewar Poland



"A Family Clan Is in Power"

Former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, an Auschwitz survivor and a veteran of the Warsaw Uprising, talks to SPIEGEL about the center-right regime of the Kaczynski twins, dissatisfaction in Poland and soured relations with Germany.


Poles Asking Questions

Ryszard Bankowicz

Reprinted with permission from European Jewish Press

March 20,  2007

Jews lived in Poland for 900 years before World War Two, and about half the Jewish victims of the Nazis came from Poland. Today, Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka is a senior government representative of President Lech Kaczynski, charged with Polish-Jewish relations



An Overlooked Renaissance
Shana Penn

On one of my recent trips to Poland, a young Jewish man studying at Warsaw University asked me: "Why do you American Jews send your children on death camp tours of Poland? Why choose only death when you could show life?

Shana Penn / photo Bernard Osser


Polish radio broadcasts in Hebrew


Jewish culture is undergoing a revival in Poland

Poland's public radio station has begun broadcasting a daily programme in Hebrew for Israelis, many of whom have roots in Poland.


March of the Memory in Krakow


By Mike Urbaniak, 22 March 2007 

KRAKOW, Poland (EJP)--- Hundreds of people, including a large group of Israeli youths, marched through the streets of Krakow on March 11 in an annual commemoration of the thousands of Krakow Jews killed by the Nazis during WWII.


Museum to Tackle Poland's Complexities

March 08, 2007 - Bryan Schwartzman, Staff Writer


The idea of a museum dedicated to retelling the history of Polish Jewry -- a state-of-the-art institution erected on Polish soil -- is moving closer to reality after more than a decade of planning, fundraising and, at times, heated debate over what exactly it should convey.


By Yossi Lempkowicz

BRUSSELS (EJP) --- The President of the European Parliament is likely to seize the parliament's bureau this week on eventual sanctions against a Polish MEP whose anti-Semitic booklet has sparked outrage among European Union officials, Jewish organisations and in Poland.



President  Lech Kaczynski is deeply shocked by the views expressed by Polish MEP Maciej Giertych in his publication 'Civilisations at War in Europe'.



Searching for Bruno Schulz
Ruth Franklin

The New Yorker
(published in The Borderline Foundation)

In 1941, when the Germans seized the Polish town of Drohobycz, Felix Landau, the notorious Gestapo officer in charge of the Jewish labor force, took an interest in Bruno Schulz, a local writer and artist who had submitted samples of his work to the Judenrat in the hope of gaining employment.



By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer
Wednesday, February 28, 2007


The recent rededication of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, which I was honored to attend, was an event without precedent. It was the first time since the Shoah that the local community took over, planned and executed the restoration of a building of historic religious significance. For years the yeshiva building had been used as a medical college and was returned to the Jewish community just three years ago. The building had been in appalling shape with major renovations desperately needed.


Saurday, 24 February 2007


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correrspondent BosNewsLife with BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest


Fallout mounts from anti-Semitic Polish booklet


Poland's Foreign Ministry condemned an anti-Semitic booklet published by a Polish member of the European Parliament.


Poland is Israel's new best friend,
as evidenced by recent Nobel proposal

By Tad Taube
JTA, 10 March 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19 (JTA) - A Polish-Israeli Nobel Peace Prize candidate? Sounds crazy, no? The idea was advanced by Polish President Lech Kaczynski during his visit to Israel last month and received the enthusiastic support of Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres.


A Polish-Jewish revival - at least for a weekend

By Yair Ettinger

LUBLIN - Michael Terizon threw his head back and downed a shot. Outside the dimly lit Fabrika pub, snowflakes covered Lubartowska Street. The pub was filled with a surprising mix of hedonism and Yiddishkeit. The Sholem klezmer band had traveled all the way from Krakow not in order to perform in front of a Polish audience, swept up in the Jewish trend spreading through the country, but in front of real Jews. Chiribim-chiribom, sang the soloist, and a group of women gathered at the end of the hall to dance in a circle. Those remaining around the wooden tables moved their heads to the rhythm, or joined the refrain.


Salute to Righteous Poles:
A boon in restitution battle?

WARSAW (JTA) - Arranging a reunion between a hidden Jewish woman and her Catholic rescuer may have paid unseen dividends for Jewish organizations fighting a property restitution battle in Poland.


A march for the living

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Each year a March for the Living, is held to commemorate Jews who had to walk from the Jewish Ghetto of Cracow to the Plaszow Nazi concentration camp. This is just one of many such marches that take place every year in Poland.


Ryszard Kapuscinski, Polish Writer of Shimmering Allegories and News, Dies at 74

Michael T. Kaufman

New York Times

Ryszard Kapuscinski, a globe-trotting journalist from Poland whose writing, often tinged with magical realism, brought him critical acclaim and a wide international readership, died yesterday in Warsaw. He was 74.


Letters sent from the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation
to the Norwegian Nobel Committee
in support of the nomination of Irena Sendler
for the Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian Nobel Committee
Henryk Ibsens gate 51
NO - 0255 OSLO

As a former president of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada (Montreal Chapter) and now web editor of the website:

I wish to support the nomination of Irena Sendler for the Nobel Peace Prize.


A jewel in the crown of humanity


International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be dedicated to Irena Sendler, the Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children during the Nazi Holocaust.



Former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, an Auschwitz survivor and a veteran of the Warsaw Uprising, talks to SPIEGEL about the center-right regime of the Kaczynski twins, dissatisfaction in Poland and soured relations with Germany.


On 62nd anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, Poland honors those who tried to save inmates

The Associated Press
Published: January 27, 2007

OSWIECIM, Poland: Poland's president paid homage on the 62nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to those people living near the Nazi death camp who risked their lives to help inmates during World War II.



Dedication of renovated yeshiva is spiritual beacon for Polish Jews
By Dinah A. Spritzer
February 13, 2007

Community members and supporters celebrate the reopening of the Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin on Feb. 11 in Poland


The Canadian Jewish News
January 15 2007

I grew up hearing the word "kehillah" - the Hebrew word for community - quite often in the Toronto Jewish community. They were, and still are, important words that permeate my life. In the past several months, I have learned a new word - a word that has been infused into my new vocabulary and into my new life outside of Canada.


Continent Warsaw

A new portal has been launched to communicate the 'multicultural' nature of the capital.

Report by Danusia Szafraniec

Warsaw-based "The Other Space Foundation" has come up with an idea to launch a cultural porta ...






"A specially warm tribute of applause was forthcoming from the crowds all along the Victory Parade route as the troops of our Allies marched by; and as they passed the saluting base, the war leaders grouped there beside the royal dais made grateful acknowledgement to the flags of countries whose men had fought side by side with our men. Headed by the Guards band the representatives of Allied forces were led by the United States, whose contingent included the Marine Corps.



The main celebrations of the Day of Judaism are held in Gdansk. This is already the tenth edition of the Day in Poland, which had been established by the late Polish born Pope John Paul II. One of the main points of the observances is a Declaration of Youth and a debate at Gdansk University under the motto 'When Politics Is A Tool Of Peace'. The debate is chaired by Defence Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and former Israeli ambassador to Poland, professor Shevach Weiss. A common prayer led by the rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich and the archbishop of Gdansk Tadeusz Goclowski is also to be said at the site of a pre-war cemetery of various religious faiths. St. John's church is also the meeting place of Christians and Jews for joint reflection.


By: Shmuel Ben Eliezer
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Lodz Jewish Cemetery


The cemetery in Lodz is said to be one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, with about 230,000 graves. It was first opened at the end of the 19th century with a large separate building for the preparation of bodies for internment and funerals. Today there is an exhibit of original pre-war items used by the burial society.


Ryszard Kapuscinski, Polish Writer of Shimmering Allegories and News, Dies at 74

New York Times

Ryszard Kapuscinski, a globe-trotting journalist from Poland whose writing, often tinged with magical realism, brought him critical acclaim and a wide international readership, died yesterday in Warsaw. He was 74.


Jewish Poland today by: Leslie Bunder


For the past 60 years, Jews have been returning to Poland and remembering their past, remembering those who died and remembering the destruction of communities and culture, but now Jewish life is once again emerging and looking to the future.


Jewish Cemeteries in Poland

The first Jews had probably appeared on Polish territories in the nineth or the tenth century and were living among us for more than one thousand years. The relations with Christian population were different - sometimes better, sometimes worse, but Poland was not an exception. A lot of Jews, banished from other countries, found a shelter here and settled down, and some medieval chroniclers described our country as Paradis ludeorum. At the beginning of twentieth century 3,5 million Jews lived in Poland, every tenth citizen of Poland was of judaic religion. In many towns the Jews made up more than half of the population.



International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be dedicated to Irena Sendler, the Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children during the Nazi Holocaust.