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Rescuing Their Memory

Asked about how to get to Wińsko, Natala sends me a detailed railway timetable. She offers to pick me up at the station in Ścinawa, and gives me a ride to the cemetery. She says not to worry about anything, as she will also take me back to the station at the end of my…

Wajnbergowa jeszcze przed wojną pokazywała Helci granatowy materiał w białe kółka, z którego będzie mogła uszyć jej sukienkę. Na zdjęciu Helena trzyma fotografię, na której ubrana jest w sukienkę od Wajnbergowej.

The Only Testimony to the Murder of Jews in Gniewoszów

An article presenting testimony of the killing of Jews committed after World War II by their Polish neighbors is a small, yet, for us, highly significant element in the reconstruction of the history of Polish complicity in the Holocaust. In August 2014, 69 years after the murder of her Jewish neighbors, Helena wrote a letter…

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A Two Percent Chance of Survival

John Calvin will soon be able to work again as a vendor after regaining the right to work in Canada, which was taken from him last fall. However, this year the fall season may mean something worse for him than losing his job. November 4th has been set as the date of his final deportation…

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Zvi Rav-Ner upon Finishing his Diplomatic Mission in Poland

Excerpt from the article: Zvi Rav – Ner: We will never get back to having a Jewish community of 3.5 million people in Poland. Before the war, 80% of the inhabitants of Białystok were Jews. Now there is only one person there, and this person is introducing non-Jewish people to Jewish culture and tradition. It is…

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One of two fathers

Families with two fathers or mothers no longer raise eyebrows in Israel. The discussion about allowing homosexual couples access to surrogacy in the country has resurfaced following the earthquake in Nepal, one of the places where Israeli gay couples go to have children via surrogacy. At the very time that we had agreed to meet,…

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Jews Remain Jews, and Jesus Remains the Messiah

  In the past few decades our generation has witnessed milestone events and historic gestures that have significantly transformed relations between Christians and Jews. Thanks to these developments, today the dialogue between Christianity and Judaism seems so natural and obvious that we rarely think the mutual relations had not always been that cordial. Before the…

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On the Opening of the Core Exhibition at Polin Museum

The opening of the core exhibition at POLIN Museum (Museum of the History of Polish Jews) marked, in my opinion, a fundamental change within the Diaspora in Poland. I had been skeptical about this project, fearing it might border on the kitsch and not be entirely free from manipulation. I am happy to say that…

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How Jewish is the Jewish museum?

  Magdalena Wójcik, Michał Bojanowski: Is the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews a Jewish institution or not? Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett: Until very recently the website URL was jewishmuseum.org.pl. Taxi drivers would call us either the Jewish Museum or the Holocaust Museum. I would like to think of us as an international museum and…

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Wrocław Jewish Community

Although the history of the Jewish Community in Wrocław dates back to the thirteenth century, its most fascinating period started in the nineteenth century, parallel to the Jewish emancipation in Prussia which fueled the community’s unprecedented development. It was at that time that one of the most important Haskalah centers arose there and where the…