We are pleased to present the second English-language issue of CHIDUSZ Jewish Monthly Magazine summing up another year of our work. It is a collection of the most important texts published in the original Polish version of the magazine from September 2015 to December 2016.
We put together a selective overview of the past 16 months especially for this issue in hopes of presenting an accurate picture of the social and political situation in Poland during that period, highlighting the most important occurrences of Jewish life, and providing a context for the events mentioned in the articles.
Our choice of articles reflects the numerous disheartening events that have occurred in Poland over the past 16 months. The climate of intolerance and xenophobia is becoming more apparent. The Jewish community was an unwitting target when a Jewish effigy was burned on the Old Town Market in Wrocław during an anti-immigrant demonstration in November 2015.
Jews have a moral and historic obligation to speak out against any and all acts of intolerance and xenophobia even when those acts are not directed specifically against them.
Most of this issue focuses on dangerous tendencies that have come to the forefront in Poland. They do not, for the time being at least, dominate our public space and discourse and we hope they never will, though the recent situation does not appear overly optimistic.
The most important events of the past 16 months
On the changes in Polish society
The tale of Polish nationalism
Drama in the theaters of Poland
On the difficulty of installing memory stones in Poland
The history of the first family commemorated with Stolpersteine
The Story of the Neue Synagoge wall in Breslau
How Poles murdered Jews
How Poland exploits its Righteous Among the Nations
Translation: Aga Zano
Proofreading: Barbara Pendzich
CHIDUSZ is published by CHIDUSZ Jewish Foundation