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14.12.2002r.

Guy Billauer

National Polish American - Jewish American Council

November 2002

Last summer, just as Washingtonians were enjoying the politically idle month of August, and as Poland and America were gearing up for the official state visit of President Aleksander Kwasniewski, those of us who had the privilege and honor to know and work with Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, celebrated an extraordinary contribution of one of the most important Polish leaders in modern history.


14.12.2002r.

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is an internationally supported project to construct a modern educational centre in Warsaw, Poland where over nine centuries of Jewish presence on Polish and formerly Polish lands will be presented to visitors from Eastern Europe and the rest of the world.


14.12.2002r.

Rzeczpospolita, 2 listopada 2002

Translated into English in FORUM

ZNAK - Christian Culture Foundation

Jedwabne today - the entrance into the small town - photo J. Sołtys

 

The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) has published the long awaited "white book" of Jedwabne entitled "About Jedwabne" (Wokol Jedwabnego). The book significantly supplements the conclusions of the investigation, since a prosecutor is bound to follow very strict rules of criminal proceedings while historians fulfill a different role. ...


14.12.2002r.

Not Only Jedwabne

Krzysztof Persak

Tygodnik Powszechny. 10 November 2002

Translated from Polish by: David M. Dastych.

In the summer of 1941 after the Nazi Germany attacked the USSR, a wave of pogroms against Jews passed through from Lithuania to Bessarabia, along the frontlines. Inhabitants of the territories which were occupied by the Soviets after 1939 (Lithuanians, Ukrainians and Romanians) took part in these pogroms. In the Lomza District and in the Bialystok Region, Polish people were also among the perpetrators of the crimes against the Jews.


14.12.2002r.

In these times of disgusting behavior, it is good to remember those who acted with quality and integrity.


14.12.2002r.

November 2002

The 'Never Again' Association and 'Polish Humanitarian Action' collected 27,552 signatures under a petition demanding action against racism in Polish stadiums.


14.12.2002r.

For Buffalo man, concern for roots leads to cemetery project in Poland

By Ruth E. Gruber

WARSAW, Oct. 31 (JTA) - For decades, the abandoned Jewish cemetery in Karczew, a small town near Warsaw on the banks of the Vistula River, languished as an eerie and disconcerting wasteland. Dozens of tombstones stood broken or eroded or lay toppled haphazardly on dunes of pale river sand, scattered with debris that included human bones
exposed by wind and rain.


5.11.2002r.

Reduta Adama Czerniakowa (Adam Czerniakow's Redoubt),

Joanna Szczęsna,

Gazeta Wyborcza, September 21-22, 2002

Translated in FORUM ZNAK- Christian Culture Foundation

Czerniakow, the chairman of the Warsaw Jewish Council, was accused of not realizing the threat of extermination; in his suicidal letter dated July 23rd, 1942, during the second day of the liquidation of the ghetto, he did not call on Jews to resist and fight.


5.11.2002r.

Rzeczpospolita, 2 September 2002

Translated in FORUM, ZNAK - Christian Culture Foundation

Two years ago the IPN started an investigation of the murder in Jedwabne. Below we publish an interview with the chairman of the Institute, Professor Leon Kieres, which appeared earlier in "Rzeczpospolita":


5.11.2002r.

Przegląd 37, September 16, 2002
Translated in FORUM : ZNAK Christian Culture Fundation

In July 2001, immediately after the anniversary celebrations Krzysztof Godlewski, the mayor of Jedwabne, handed in his resignation.


5.11.2002r.

Wawrzyniec Smoczyński

Przekrój 38, September 22, 2002

Translated into English in FORUM - Znak Christian Culture Foundation

A German officer Wilm Hosenfeld saved Wladyslaw Szpilman from death in the ruins of Warsaw. Wilm's son Helmut, 81 years old, a retired child therapist, started to collect the testimony related to his father.


5.11.2002r.


Dear Editors:

Peter Jassem pointed me to your interesting website. I would like to bring the following to the attention of your readers.


5.11.2002r.

Managing Editor
Toronto Globe & Mail

Dear Sir or Madam,
On behalf of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation in Montreal, we would like to express our deep concern over the reference to the "Polish concentration camp" in the article 'The return of the Auschwitz nightmare' in Toronto Globe & Mail, published on 20 September 2002


5.11.2002r.


Dear Colleague, Pilsudski Institute of America is pleased to announce its new bilingual website and e-mail address: ...


1.10.2002r.

Kansas students carry out a Holocaust investigation that is making headlines.

NEA Magazine, 2 September 2002

www.nea.org

In the fall of 1999, I encouraged four of my students to work on a project that would demonstrate our classroom motto, "He who changes one person, changes the world entire."


1.10.2002r.

September, 2002 www.forum-znak.org.pl

A monument to Jan Karski was dedicated at Georgetown University by W³odzimierz Cimoszewicz, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland.


1.10.2002r.

Washington, D.C. July 10, 2002 - The National Polish American - Jewish American Council (NPAJAC) congratulates Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld of Indiana University for being named by President George W. Bush to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.


1.10.2002r.

by Hanna Swida-Ziemba published first time in Polish

in Gazeta Wyborcza, August 17, 1998.

The controversy about the cross on the gravel area in Auschwitz is not a religious one. It is about a place. The place which to Poles is the site of a horrible concentration camp. To Jews, it is the territory of their mass annihilation, the Shoah.


1.10.2002r.

Danuta Hiż

It is a precious contribution to the Polish thought and FEELING about the Holocaust that you are posting on the Foundation's Web site the article by Hanna Swida-Ziemba. Penetrating and thorough, and careful in its judgment I hope it will be read with care and evoke new understanding. I became aware of this important article only, when I was asked to translate it. The reading made a profound impression on me and it is sure to do the same for other Polish readers.


1.10.2002r.

August 6, 2002

Belzec is an Important Step on the Road to Polish-Jewish Reconciliation.


1.10.2002r.

September 21 2002

Jews had made Losice their home for the last three hundred and fifty years until the evils of Hitler and Nazism destroyed all of it. Two months in 1942, August and November, marked the end of the Jewish community in Losice.


4.09.2002r.

In NEW PUBLICATIONS you will find a very important document, three chapters from Teresa Preker's book on Zegota that appear in English for the first time. Here is how I got the chance and honor to publish them.


4.09.2002r.

Polish-Jewish Relations Before September 1939

"We are helpless vis-a-vis German criminals. We cannot defend ourselves and no-one in Poland is in a position to defend us. Poland's underground authorities can save some of us but not the multitude. [...]


4.09.2002r.

Wanda Muszynski

August 20, 2002

It all started when a high school social studies teacher by the name of Norman Conard challenged his students to reach beyond the classroom and deliver a school project in keeping with the classroom motto: "He who changes one person, changes the entire world."


4.09.2002r.

Georgetown University, 17.07.2002

... I am coming here to you first of all as a countryman of Jan Karski, professor of Georgetown University. ...


4.09.2002r.

August 30, 2002…Washington, D.C.: Under the patronage of Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, the National Polish American - Jewish American Council (NPAJAC) will be awarded the Diploma in Recognition of the Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Poland in the World, in a ceremony at Warsaw's Belweder Palace, the former residence of the Polish President.


4.09.2002r.

Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


OSWIECIM, Poland -- By the side of the main railroad spur at Auschwitz, 14 Polish construction workers repair the death camp's barbed-wire fences. Concrete fence posts, cast by prisoners 60 years ago, are crumbling. For six years, an international preservation committee debated whether and how to restore them.


9.08.2002r.

Stefan Korbonski

East European History 0200

University of Pittsburgh
Fall Semester 1998-99
Prof. Irina Livezeanu

Selection from:

"The Polish Underground State: A Guide to the Underground, 1939-1945" Stefan Korbonski, pages 187-193

 

The Soviet "Help "


There was no question but that the Soviet Second Armored Army suffered a defeat on August 3, on the approaches to the suburb of Praga, which thwarted its advance on Warsaw. The Soviet offensive was renewed only a month later, on September 10, and resulted in the taking of Praga on September 14. Two days later, on September 16 (and the following days), a few battalions from the Polish army of General Berling crossed the Vistula and landed on the western bank, in Warsaw; the First Battalion was commanded by Soviet Major Latishonek. ...


1.08.2002r.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski

Foreword republished from the book:

The nature of Polish-Jewish relations has, over the passage of centuries had a varying nature. Poles and Jews lived in the same land for many centuries and they coexisted with each other or, on occasion perhaps they lived indifferently, sometimes unwillingly, antagonistically, and even in enmity.


1.08.2002r.

Julian Tuwim

August 1944, London

For my Mother in Poland or her most beloved shadow

I can hear the question immediately: 'Why US?' A question that is not baseless. Jews ask me, the ones whom I always told that I was a Pole, and now the question will be asked of me by the Poles, for the greatest part of whom I have been and will be a Jew. This is my answer for one and the other.


1.08.2002r.

Radoslaw J. Ignatiew

Institute od National Remembrance

9 July 2002

The analysis of the entire evidence collected in the course of investigation S1/00/Zn allows one to ascertain the probable course of action on 10 July 1941 in Jedwabne.


1.08.2002r.

By Jan Nowak

Washington Post,

Wednesday, July 3, 2002; Page A23

This July 4, many Americans may feel baffled and disappointed by the waves of anti-Americanism sweeping through countries that, not too long ago, were either saved or helped by the United States. Allies such as France and Great Britain and former enemies such as Germany and Japan benefited greatly from America's generosity and support in their time of need, as did Belgium, Holland, Italy, Russia, Poland, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and others. Without the United States, some of these countries might no longer exist.


1.08.2002r.

By Ruth E. Gruber

Fears of anti-Semitism may be stalking some parts of Europe, but you would never know it in this unique neighborhood located about a mile from Krakow's spectacular main market square.


2.07.2002r. 2.07.2002r.

By Ruth E. Gruber

KRAKOW, Poland, July 1 (JTA) -- The scene shown live on Polish television this weekend was extraordinary.

The camera panned across the 10,000 frenzied fans who crammed into the main square of Krakow's old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, for the final concert of the annual weeklong Festival of Jewish Culture.


2.07.2002r.

In Delayed Impact Franklin Bialystok explores the evolution of the legacy of the Holocaust in the collective memory of the post-war Canadian Jewish community. He seeks to understand why the Holocaust's effect was relatively muted up to 1960, moved to the forefront with the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1960s, and became a prominent concern and marker for Jewish ethnic identity after 1973.


2.07.2002r.

David Novak

FORUM - Christian Culture Foundation ZNAK

June 2002


History has led to a sea change in Christian attitude toward Jews, and this has led to a radical Jewish response


2.07.2002r.

FORUM - Znak - Christian Culture Foundation

In the Name of God who is Almighty, Merciful and Compassionate, we, who have gathered as religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, pray for true peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and declare our commitment to ending the violence and bloodshed that denies the right to life and dignity.


2.07.2002r.

18 04 2002

On April 11th in Germany an interrogation of Herman Schaper (age 90) took place. Schaper is a witness in the investigation on murdering Jewish inhabitants of a township Jedwabne on July 10th, 1941.


2.07.2002r.

18 04 2002

Information on the investigation of the crime committed in Jedwabne released by the Head Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation


In September of 2000, the Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation instituted an inquiry about the murder of Polish citizens of Jewish nationality on July 10th, 1941.


2.07.2002r.

Father Michal Czajkowski

FORUM - ZNAK Christian Culture Foundation
www.forum-znak.org.pl

The Shoah demonstrates the result of years of propaganda, spreading prejudice and hatred, years of racist indoctrination and centuries of anti-Jewish religious indoctrination. It warns us not to disregard first symptoms of the contagious diseases of anti-Semitism, nationalism or xenophobia.


2.07.2002r.

FORUM - Christian Culture Foundation ZNAK

03.06.2002

The International Council of Christians and Jews, the umbrella organisation of 37 national member organizations in 32 countries for the first time held its annual conference and general meeting in Riga, Latvia from 26 - 30 May 2002, at the invitation of the recently formed Latvian Council of Christians and Jews.


2.07.2002r.

FORUM - Christian Culture Foundation

ZNAK

 

Much has happened since terrorists crashed airliners into New York's World Trade Center and Washington's Pentagon building last year, changing forever the world, as we know it. For Poles and Jews, the heart-wrenching events of the last ten months were intensified by the untimely passing of the best our respective communities could produce - George Szabad, an American Jew and Professor Stanislaus Blejwas, a Polish American.


9.06.2002r.

http://www.darmarch.republika.pl/holokaust.htm


Copyright © 2002 Dariusz Marchewka

 

On September 1, 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland, Kutno had about 27,000 inhabitants and was considered a medium size city. At that time about 6,700 Jews lived in the town making up 25% of the general population. On September 16, 1939 Kutno was completely taken over by the Germans. ...


9.06.2002r.

FORUM, ZNAK - Foundation of Christian Culture

24 May 2002

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research today announced that Father Stanislaw Musial, Jesuit priest and essayist from Cracow, Poland, has received the 2001 Jan Karski and Pola Nirenska Prize.


9.06.2002r.

UNIONTOWN, Kan. - cover hed and deck

The Holocaust jar

Kansas students shine spotlight on Polish woman who rescued Jewish children

When four high-school students in this small town decided to focus their national history contest project on the Holocaust, they flipped through legions of books and magazines for ideas.
Then a 1994 U.S. News & World Report article caught their attention. It was about the "other Schindlers," or people who, like the main character in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," saved Jews during World War II.


1.06.2002r.

The story about Irena Sendler, who saved over two thousand Jewish children smuggling them from the ghetto in 1942-1944 during the German occupation of Poland,



8.05.2002r.

"It has already become a tradition that every year Christians and Jews meet at the Ghetto Heroes Monument on the first Sunday after the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (the first uprising in Warsaw - as some would say). They come to pray together following along the trail of the Ghetto monuments"


8.05.2002r.

Anna Dobranowska

Foundation of Christian Culture ZNAK

15 April 2002

 

In Krakow a group of Polish students met with students from Israel taking part in the March of the Living.


8.05.2002r.

ZNAK - Christian Culture Foundation

FORUM, April 2002

 

He received the prize "for the awakening hope, a vision of Polish-Jewish neighborliness, and also for courage in opposing surrounding stereotypes and prejudices.


25.04.2002r.

ZNAK Christian Culture Foundation
April 2002

We - Polish Christians, Muslims and Jews participating in the interfaith dialogue - despair over the growing conflict in our common Holy Land. We share the suffering of every victim of terrorist attacks and military actions, of every Jew and Palestinian, of every Muslim and Christian who lives a life threatened by uncertainty and fear.


15.04.2002r.

Aufbach, 4 April 2002 http://www.aufbauonline.com/aktuell/pages7/14.html

A Review of Virtually Jewish by Ruth Ellen Gruber

On my first visit to Kraków in 1994, I was shaken up by the Jewish Museum in the Old Synagogue in the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. What surprised me was the way the displays - mannequins of shtetl Jews, a collection of ritual objects - were presented as remnants of a culture long dead. For a moment, I saw myself as a rare specimen of an extinct species. I knew better, of course. Jewish life was flourishing in many places in the world and, in fact, a small but growing Jewish community existed in Poland. But it was absence - not presence - that was on the mind of those who had put the exhibit together.


04.04.2002r.

From the Editors:

We are publishing the following text about Janusz Korczak - one of the greatest Poles and greatest Jews of the bygone century - in our April issue. April is the month in which the anniversary of the Ghetto Uprising will be commemorated.


04.04.2002r.

Warsaw Voice - Culture

31 March 2002

The BWA Bielska Gallery, 11, 3-ego maja St., is hosting an exhibition entitled ¯ycie codzienne ¯ydów Bielska i Bia³ej (The Everyday Lives of Jews from Bielsko and Bia³a). It includes photos from the collection of the local Jewish community and from private citizens.


04.04.2002r.

SIEC INFO: SIEC 23 March 2002 ( mietek@erols.com )

Rabbi Emanuel Rackman's and Stephen Wagner's essay is entitled:" Philo-Semitism in the Work of the Polish Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz: He pays tribute to Jewish Literature. "


18.03.2002r.

Hasidim in Le¿ajsk

The Warsaw Voice, 12 March 2002

Every year on the 21st day of Adar (the beginning of March), Hasidim from all over the world make pilgrimages to Le¿ajsk to visit grave of zaddik Elimelech Weissblum, who is buried in the local Jewish cemetery.


18.03.2002r.

By Haim Shapiro

January 27, 2002 - 14 shevat 5762

In the last of a series about his roots trip to eastern Europe, Haim Shapiro discusses how he found Poland to be not only a place to remember Jewish suffering, but a pleasant, modern country worth visiting. The weather is perfect, the town is beautiful, the crowds are happy, only we are miserable.


2.03.2002r.

Information from CNN.com ; 25 February 2002

WARSAW, Poland -- A polish doctor who was feted as a hero for treating Jewish victims of Nazi beatings during World War II has died.

Arnold Mostowicz, 87, offered medical treatment to fellow Jews injured in the Lodz ghetto, one of Poland's largest ghettos during the war.


2.03.2002r.

An Electronic Publication of the American Center of Polish Culture
Volume 1, Number 2 February 2002


2.03.2002r.

CNN February 27, 2002

Pearl

KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) -- Slain American journalist Daniel Pearl discussed his Jewish heritage and made propaganda statements, under apparent duress, on a roughly produced videotape that also contained violent footage of his death.


21.02.2002r.

Elaine Kalman Naves

The Gazette, Montreal, 16 February 2002

Virtually Jewish, Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
University of California Press (304 pages, $59.95)


In her earlier works, Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Central Europe and Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe. Yesterday and Today, Ruth Ellen Gruber displayed a keen curiosity about Jewish history and a solid handle on contemporary Jewish life in eastern Europe.


21.02.2002r.

THE PIANIST

Best Book of the Year 2001 in France - Journal "Lire"

Ronald Harwood

The Guardian 22 June 2001

In the ghetto with Polanski

For his latest film, the Chinatown director rebuilt the ruins of occupied Warsaw in the Babelsberg studios in Berlin. Ronald Harwood, who wrote the movie's screenplay, was with him


18.03.2002r. - 21.07.2003r.

By Haim Shapiro

January 27, 2002 - 14 shevat 5762

In the last of a series about his roots trip to eastern Europe, Haim Shapiro discusses how he found Poland to be not only a place to remember Jewish suffering, but a pleasant, modern country worth visiting. The weather is perfect, the town is beautiful, the crowds are happy, only we are miserable.


2.03.2002r. - 21.07.2003r.

Information from CNN.com ; 25 February 2002

WARSAW, Poland -- A polish doctor who was feted as a hero for treating Jewish victims of Nazi beatings during World War II has died.

Arnold Mostowicz, 87, offered medical treatment to fellow Jews injured in the Lodz ghetto, one of Poland's largest ghettos during the war.


2.03.2002r. - 21.07.2003r.

An Electronic Publication of the American Center of Polish Culture
Volume 1, Number 2 February 2002


2.03.2002r. - 21.07.2003r.

CNN February 27, 2002

Pearl

KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) -- Slain American journalist Daniel Pearl discussed his Jewish heritage and made propaganda statements, under apparent duress, on a roughly produced videotape that also contained violent footage of his death.


21.02.2002r. - 21.07.2003r.

Elaine Kalman Naves

The Gazette, Montreal, 16 February 2002

Virtually Jewish, Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
University of California Press (304 pages, $59.95)


In her earlier works, Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Central Europe and Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe. Yesterday and Today, Ruth Ellen Gruber displayed a keen curiosity about Jewish history and a solid handle on contemporary Jewish life in eastern Europe.


21.02.2002r. - 21.07.2003r.

THE PIANIST

Best Book of the Year 2001 in France - Journal "Lire"

Ronald Harwood

The Guardian 22 June 2001

In the ghetto with Polanski

For his latest film, the Chinatown director rebuilt the ruins of occupied Warsaw in the Babelsberg studios in Berlin. Ronald Harwood, who wrote the movie's screenplay, was with him