New Publications from 2004
"At the end of October I had a car
accident in which I broke my knee. I am going to
restart placing recemt publications on our Web site
in a few days - IB"
From lepers to Brahmins
By Shimon Redlich
Eva Hoffman's new book
6 October 2004
In the idealization of the Holocaust
survivor, Hoffman cautions, lurks the danger of turning
the horrific into the fashionable
Glimpses of Jewish Culture
By Edward J. Sozanski
October 7, 2004
More than 25 years ago, French photographer Frederic
Brenner set himself a monumental task: to document
the length and breadth of the 2,000-year-old Jewish
Holocaust Educational Series
Putting faces on a tragedy
Journal Sentinel art critic
October 9, 2004
Artist returns to Milwaukee
to paint portraits of Holocaust survivors he's known
all his life
Warm memories of "Babylon"
By Greer Fay Cashman
The Internet Jerusalem Post,
September 5, 2001
From the editor:
It is an old article, but worth
reading. Great thanks to Lucyna Artymiuk, who often
sends us interesting articles from Australia.
By the waters of Babylon, they
sat and wept for Poland as they prayed to get to Zion.
to where childhood ended
BY SUSAN KAHN Assistant Editor
Cleveland, September 30, 2004
The last weekend of August this
year, 1,700 "children of the Lodz Ghetto,"
gathered in Poland to remember the terrible events
that scarred their youth and robbed them of so many
loved ones. Organized by Lodz's mayor, Jerzy Kropiwnicki,
the four-day commemoration of the 60th anniversary
of the ghetto's liquidation was an attempt to publicly
atone for the city's long history of antisemitism.
Bashevis Singer exhibit
By Scott Eyman
Palm Beach Post Books Editor
Sunday, September 26, 2004
The world portrayed
in Isaac Bashevis Singer's fiction is gone now, but
it was gone even when he was writing it.
the Jews of Bocki
By BERNIE M. FARBER
Globe and Mail
September 30, 2004
My father was the only
Jew in his village to survive the Nazis, and I feared
the memory of the others had died with him.
honor America's tradition of tolerance
BY JOEP DE KONING
September 30, 2004
The beginning of Jewish history
in America began 350 years ago, when two ships arrived
in New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island within a few weeks
of each other - providing an important history lesson
in the origins of our country's long and difficult
tradition of tolerance.
recall Lodz ghetto horror
BBC News Online's Sarah Shenker
spoke to some of the survivors
The Polish city of Lodz is to
hold a major Holocaust memorial ceremony on Sunday
dedicated to the thousands of Jews and Roma persecuted
by the Nazis in the ghetto there during World War II.
Happenstance and Determination,
an International Exhibition
By JULIE SALAMON
New York Times, Arts,
10 September 2004
How did this retrospective come
to exist? Remember, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis had not
been heralded as an artist after World War II, but
as a teacher. Exhibitions of her work had been scant
in her lifetime - a few paintings in a group show of
Bauhaus artists, a solo exhibition in a London gallery
in 1940, which she couldn't attend because of the war.
Her work was scattered.
: The Pianist
Film Director Norman Polanski
By Carl DeVasto
Country Gazette Arts & Lifestyle
September 10, 2004
On DVD and Videocassette
... "The Pianist" is
a must, a significant addition to Holocaust art, another
worthy meditation on evil. Such darkness has always
been Polanski's domain ("Knife in the Water,"
"Macbeth," "Chinatown," "Death
and the Maiden"), and he has a right to hold forth
because he was a child in Poland during the Nazi interval
and lost family members in the Holocaust.
Still see their Faces
From the Web editor
This is the reply to my letter
addressed to Lloyd Robertson and published last week
on this page - you may find it if you go down a few
August 25, 2004
Dear Ms. Bellert
Thank you for your letter dated
August 10, 2004. A week ago after you wrote to me,
Robert Hurst sent out the enclosed directive to all
CTV staff. ...
survivors remember Lodz ghetto
August 29, 2004
LODZ, Poland - Sam Weinreich remembers the last time
he came to Radegast train station in Poland's second-largest
city - the day in 1944 he was forced into a cattle
car and sent to Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp.
WORK FOR THE MEMORY - WORK FOR THE FUTURE
IF YOU ARE:
Age 18 - 25, fluent in English,
interested in the Jewish history and culture & Polish-Jewish
relationships, ready to work on cleaning the Jewish
cemetery YOU COULD:meet young people from Poland and
Sweden, talk about our common cultural heritage, co-operate
for preserving Jewish cemetery in Poland, and have
a good time altogether.
Satan taken on a human form?
By Benjamin Z. Kedar
August 6, 2004
Anyone who has seen Roman Polanski's
film "The Pianist" remembers the scene in
which a German officer listens to Polish-Jewish musician
Wladislaw Szpilman playing, hides him in an attic in
Warsaw and sees to his needs.
Poet Worthy of Protest
By ROBERT PINSKY
New York Times, August 26.
When I heard that protesters
were going to demonstrate at Czeslaw Milosz's funeral
tomorrow at the Mariacki Church in Krakow, it was easy
for me to imagine the great poet's laugh. The protesters
do not think he was Catholic enough, or Polish enough.
to get museum
Aug. 19, 2004
The government of Poland is planning
to establish a museum at the Treblinka death camp,
a senior Polish government official said.
Lloyd Robertson, Chief News Anchor and Editor CTV
PO.Box 9 Station O Scarborough Ontario M4A 2M9
Montreal, August 10, 2004
... we are all very concerned
that CTV referred in its news broadcast to the notorious
Nazi death camp in Treblinka as a "Polish camp".
Getto, sixty years ago
Jerusalem Post, online edition
August 13, 2004
The central Polish city of Lodz
will mark sixty years since the liquidation the Lodz
Ghetto at the end of the month, with a series of commemorations
and memorial ceremonies, climaxing with the inauguration
of a major monument in memory of the Jews of Lodz at
the site of a former freight train station from which
the Germans sent nearly 150,000 Jews to death in the
From the Web Editor:
Czesław Miłosz, one of the greatest
Polish poets of the 20th Century, 1980 Nobel Laureate
in literature, died in Krakow August 14 at age 93.
He was a member of our Web site's Advisory Council
since 2001. We will miss him, as a prominent poet,
writer and a kind person willing to help us.
poet Czeslaw Milosz of Poland and Berkeley, one of
the icons of the Solidarity movement
Felde, Media Relations
Czeslaw Milosz with Pope John
Paul II, circa 1980
BERKELEY - Czeslaw Milosz,
Polish poet, Nobel laureate and UC Berkeley professor
emeritus, died Saturday (Aug. 14) at his home in Krakow,
Poland. He was 93.
winner Milosz, who wrote of Holocaust and memory,
dies at 93
By: Ruth Ellen Gruber
August 17, 2004
ROME, Aug. 17 (JTA) - Nobel prize-winning
Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, who died Aug. 14 at age
93, was close to Jews and Jewish causes from and early
age and some of his most eloquent and disturbing works
dealt with the Holocaust, Holocaust memory and the
complex relations between Jews and Catholic Poles.
Milosz - The Nobel Prize in Literature 1980
Presentation Speech by Professor
Lars Gyllensten, of the Swedish Academy
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Czeslaw Milosz was born in Lithuania
and grew up in an environment in which primitive folk
traditions lived on together with a complex historical
heritage. Industrialization had not made itself felt
in earnest. People lived in close contact with a still
unspoilt nature. This culture and most of its people
no longer exist. The Nazi terror and genocide, war
and oppression have wreaked devastation.
from Ewa Wierzynska - member of the Museum of the
History of Polish Jews - North American Council
"Some years ago, I went
to hear Czeslaw Milosz speak at the Holocaust Memorial
Museum. He said that from his perspective today, the
poem I am enclosing below was not great poetry. For
me it remained great though and I am sharing it with
Olympics And The Holocaust
Their participation in the
Games did not spare these athletes from Shoah horrors.
Steve Lipman - Staff Writer
The Jewish Week, 12 August
The Jewish connection to the
Olympic Games is as old as the modern Olympics movement.
Unfortunately, some of the connections are tragic,
like the murder of 11 members of Israel's team at the
Munich Games in 1972.
time to move on
The Spectator, August 16,
Britain has no reason to apologise
to Poland, says Simon Heffer: we could not have helped
the resistance fighters during the Warsaw uprising
The Polish Prime Minister, Marek Belka, has been busy
these last few days commemorating the 60th anniversary
of the Warsaw uprising.
Day the Americans Bombed Auschwitz
by Dr. Rafael Medoff
Israel National News
Aug 12, 2004
Much has been written and said
in recent years about the failure of the Roosevelt
administration to order the bombing of Auschwitz. What
is not widely known is that sixty years ago this month,
U.S. bombers did strike Auschwitz.
recall revolt doomed to fail
New York Times
Saturday, July 31, 2004
WARSAW The stories Norman Davies
tells about the 1944 Warsaw uprising, whose 60th anniversary
will be celebrated here Sunday, are not memories, of
course, since he wasn't here to remember anything,
but they have a vividness and a moral urgency that
make it seem almost as if he witnessed the events himself.
heroes of Warsaw at last get their due
BY TOM HUNDLEY
August 1, 2004
WARSAW, Poland - (KRT) - Two
months after the successful Allied D-Day landings at
Normandy, the tide of the war had turned. Adolf Hitler's
armies were reeling. Rome had been liberated; the Americans
were about to march into Paris.
from the other Warsaw uprising
By Jonathan S. Tobin
Israel, August 4, 2004
This month marks the 60th anniversary
of the other Warsaw uprising. Though it is little remembered
outside of Poland, the lessons of this terrible battle
are worth remembering for a number of reasons in a
world where collective action against evil still seems
to be a difficult
Warsaw demands Schroder apology
ALLAN HALL IN BERLIN
1 August 2004
IT WAS one of the worst atrocities
of the Second World War, when more than 200,000 Polish
civilians and partisans were slaughtered in 63 days
of the Warsaw Uprising.
Now Poles are looking for more
than crocodile tears when German Chancellor Gerhard
Schröder visits Warsaw today on the 60th anniversary
of the uprising by a partisan army that was crushed
by the full might of the Nazi war machine.
Warsaw, a 'Good War' Wasn't
By Anne Applebaum
Washington Post, June 2, 2004
The veterans have left town.
The flags have been packed away for the Fourth of July.
The memory of the Second World War, our Second World
War, has been honored - so now perhaps it's worth taking
a moment to honor someone else's. An opportunity to
do so will present itself this Sunday, when CNN broadcasts
an unusual documentary called "Warsaw Rising."
reviews of Norman Davies's RISING 44 :
In New York Times and in New York Review of Books
'Rising '44': Betraying Warsaw
by CARLO D'ESTE
Sunday Book Review
New York Times, July 25, 2004
AUGUST 2004 will mark the 60th
anniversary of the Warsaw uprising, when 40,000 members
of the Polish underground Home Army spilled into the
streets to liberate the city from its Nazi occupiers.
The revolt was inspired in part by the belief that
the Red Army would come to the aid of the rebels.
Jewish Museum in Krakow
July 11, 2004
A Historical Museum was inaugurated
by the City of Krakow in the same place where once
operated the Pharmacy of the Krakow Ghetto.
On Sunday July 11th, the Mayor
of the City of Krakow Prof.Jacek
I.B. Singer, a rakish raconteur.
By Carlin Romano
INQUIRER BOOK CRITIC
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2004
There's an expression in Yiddish,
a warning to people with high ambition:
Az du kukst oif hoichen zachen halt tsu dos hitl.
("When you aim at the heights,
hold on to your hat.")
But who knew that Isaac Bashevis
Singer (1904-1991), the Nobel-Prize-winning writer
everyone remembers as a puckish Jewish grandfather,
might be wailing that song from above as the national
celebration of his birth rolls into town tonight?
focus from WWII destruction, donor pushes Jewish
culture in Poland
By: Ruth Ellen Gruber
KRAKOW, July 22 (JTA)
During a visit to Poland this
summer, Tad Taube recalled the moment when his mother
learned that her father had been killed at Auschwitz.
Letter of the Law
7 July 2004
The International Association
of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ) was established
in 1969 at the initiative of, among others, the U.S.
Supreme Court, Judges Haim Cohn from Israel, Artur
Goldberg from the United States and Nobel laureate
Rene Cassin from France. The association is truly international;
its members are lawyers, judges, judicial officers
and academics in more than 50 countries. It is an open
organization and also has non-Jewish members.
It's All Relative: A lifesaver
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
July 1, 2004
No longer mere lists of ancient
ancestors, genealogy now saves lives IF only,"
muses researcher Stanley Diamond of Montreal, visiting
Israel for the 24th International Conference on Jewish
Genealogy, one of some 600 people attending the week-long
event beginning Sunday at Jerusalem's Renaissance Hotel.
to Europe a trip into the human soul
Jun. 27, 2004 12:00 AM
The first week of June, my husband,
Bill, and I walked the paths of two profoundly different
60th anniversaries. In Normandy we stood on the beaches
of Omaha, Utah and Juno on a damp, dreary day, and
walked the rows of crosses and Stars of David in the
American cemetery under the cold gray, rainy sky.
By Randi Weiner
THE JOURNAL NEWS.COM
July 3, 2004
Polish Army veteran and longtime
local resident has been named the state commander of
the Jewish War Veterans.
For Scrolls At Auschwitz
Special to the Jewish Times
Los Angeles, July 05, 2004
"On that day I told Zelinger
to prepare two large cases and to coat them in cement
and tar. I ordered him to collect all the Torah scrolls
and silver religious objects - with the exception of
two scrolls for praying - and bury them in a certain
place in the ground." - Eliezer Shenker, "The
Book of Oshpitzin" (Auschwitz, in Yiddish)
WARSAW, Poland (AP)
July 7, 2004
The ruins of gas chambers and
crematoria at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp
complex will be preserved as a "warning'' to future
generations, a spokesman for the memorial site said
dissident Jacek Kuron dies
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
June 17 2004
WARSAW, Poland -- Jacek Kuron,
who led the struggle against Poland's communist leaders
as a dissident in the 1970s and later became a popular
government minister, died Thursday. He was 70.
New Memorial at Belzec
Associated Press , WARSAW,
LOOKING BACK: A new memorial
at the Belzec death camp is part of Poland's efforts
to recognize that much of the Holocaust took place
on German-occupied Polish soil
by Miles Lerman and by Andrzej Przewoźnik at the
Opening Ceremony of the Bełżec Memorial
Address by Miles Lerman
THE DEDICATION OF THE BELZEC
JUNE 3, 2004
President Kwasniewski, Former
Prime Minister Leszek Miller, Władysław Bartoszewski,
distinguished dignitaries, Ladies & Gentlemen -
We are here to mark a unique event: the dedication
of a memorial to the victims of the notorious death
Forgiveness Possible? A Jewish Perspective
By Rabbi Albert Friedlander
23 June 2004
Can Jewish people forgive the
atrocities of the Holocaust?
Rabbi Albert Friedlander explores a question that has
troubled survivors and later generations alike.
Hotline Anger in Poland
BBC News Online , 17 June 2004
An international organisation
dedicated to hunting down Holocaust war criminals has
opened a telephone hotline for potential informants
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is
the group behind the move.
It is offering financial rewards
for information leading to the successful prosecution
of collaborators in the murder of Jews during World
War II. The move is part of a campaign to bring them
to justice before they, or witnesses, die of old age.
an Unlikely Tip,
Auschwitz Dig Unearths a Trove of Lost Judaica
By Joshua Cohen
FORWARD, New York, 25 June
June 25, 2004
Oswiecim, Poland - A crew of
Polish archeologists searching for a buried treasure
at the former site of the Great Synagogue here struck
gold Monday when they discovered a trove of artifacts,
including three synagogue menorahs, a Chanukah menorah,
the eternal light and several synagogue chandeliers.
Dedicate Memorial at Belzec Death Camp
Thursday June 3, 2004
American Jewish Committee,
NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire/
Dedication of the Belzec Memorial
and Museum took place today at the site of the notorious
Nazi death camp in Poland.
death camp memorial inaugurated
June 3, 2004
Jerusalem Post news
By Associated Press
A vast new memorial to victims
of the Belzec death camp was inaugurated Thursday in
the presence of Polish, U.S. and Israeli dignitaries,
ending decades of neglect at the site where some 500,000
Jews perished in 1942.
Opens at Death Camp in Poland
Thursday June 3, 2004
By VANESSA GERA
Associated Press Writer
BELZEC, Poland (AP) - A rabbi's
prayer and warnings against the evils of racism inaugurated
a new memorial Thursday to victims of the Belzec death
camp, where 500,000 Jews and other Nazi targets were
exterminated during just seven months of World War
Belzec death camp memorial opens,
Poles pay respect and Jews remember
NEW YORK, June 3 (JTA) - Norbert
Dikales, 75, walked down a pathway that goes 30 feet
below ground and descended into a nightmare.
Presents Remembers Forgotten Soldiers of WWII
Rare Footage, Recollections
Highlight Documentary about Polish Revolt Against Nazi
On the 60th anniversary of the
D-Day landing, CNN premieres a groundbreaking documentary
on a little-known chapter in the war.
Remembering the Holocaust and Those Who Survived, Part
By C. Hart
Middle East Correspondent
May 4, 2004
Hana Rojansky recalled that her
mother was determined to save her life, because she
was a little girl. Her grandmother knew of a Christian
woman outside the ghetto who was ready to adopt her.
NATIONAL IDENTITY AND DEFORMED MEMORY FROM 1945 TO
THE PRESENT: MYTHOLOGIZING THE POLISH ROLE IN THE
By Alix Landgrebe
Nationalism plays an important
role in Polish society. The discourse in and about
national paradigms is crucial even for many Polish
intellectuals, and national questions are omnipresent
in everyday Polish life. The period of Nazi occupation
is often discussed in connection with national identity.
Today, we are witnessing a revival of nationalist ideas
from the 19th century that were long taboo under socialism.
Although national ideas were strongly present during
the socialist era as well, they were articulated differently.
the President of the
Canadian Foundation of Polish Jewish Heritage
I am pleased to write you in
order to inform you that a committee on Jewish Polish
dialogue has been recently set up in Argentina.
new Jewish museum in Krakow,
past seen via lens of Poland's present
By Carolyn Slutsky
KRAKOW, May 10 (JTA) - A new
museum in Krakow hopes to fill a void in Jewish cultural
sites in this city and offer a new perspective on the
An Overlooked Renaissance
By SHANA PENN
Received from Guy Billauer,
24 March 2004
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?"
Polish Catholic pilgrimage site, Czestochowa,
Exhibition to open on Jewish history
By Carolyn Slutsky
KRAKOW, Poland, April 11 (JTA)
- Czestochowa is known around the world as the site
of the Jasna Gora monastery, a pilgrimage place for
Poles and other Catholics who flock there to see a
famous painting of the Black Madonna.
Second Generation's Task
Writer Eva Hoffman discusses
the role of children of Holocaust survivors in preserving
Interview by Rebecca Phillips
the fire of hate
The Montreal Gazette
Friday, April 09, 2004
The Western world has come by
hard roads to the practice of religious liberty and
mutual acceptance. As recently as 450 years ago, the
Peace of Augsburg decreed that the local prince would
decide, for each little German statelet, which religion
everyone would follow, Lutheran or Roman Catholic.
There was little room for dissent, and even less for
Memoirs Opens New Chapter for Holocaust Survivor
March 11, 2004
Zimering has spent enough years
hiding, first from her persecutors then from her own
memories surviving as a Jewish teenager in German-occupied
Poland during World War II.
for Kerry's roots finds surprising history
Michael Kranish, Globe Staff,
Boston Globe, February 2, 2003
For years, US Senator John Forbes
Kerry had sought to know the true story of his immigrant
grandfather, Frederick A. Kerry, the patriarch who
established the family in Boston and then mysteriously
took his own life.
the Web editor:
Our member, friends of
the Foundation and all those who promote mutual understanding
and reconciliation among Christians and Jews mourn
the death of Fr Stanislaw Musiał
Judaica Foundation - Center
for Jewish Culture in Kazimierz, Cracow
Council Mourns the Death of Fr. Stanislaw Musial, SJ
March 8, 2004 - Washington, DC
Members and friends of the National
Polish-American-Jewish American Council were deeply
saddened by the passing of Fr. Stanislaw Musial, SJ,
a pioneer and leader of Catholic-Jewish dialogue and
Polish Jewish reconciliation.
OF "A QUESTION OF HONOR" - EXCHANGE OF
LETTERS BETWEEN THE AUTHORS AND THE REVIEWER
BY MINISTER WŁADYSŁAW BARTOSZEWSKI
Review of "A Question
of Honor", Olson and Cloud
by John Whiteclay Chambers II
The Washington Post, September 21, 2003
BOOK WORLD; MILITARY HISTORY
Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud's
A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten
Heroes of World War II begins as an exciting story
of a group of heroic Polish fighter pilots fighting
for England after their own country fell to Hitler
and Memory" at Ground Zero
Daniel Libeskind discusses his plans for the site
where the Twin Towers once stood
March 11, 2004
Aside from architecture students,
few Americans had heard of Daniel Libeskind when two
hijacked jetliners destroyed New York's World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001. But his obscurity quickly
faded after Studio Libeskind won the competition to
redesign the devastated site with a plan that included
the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, scheduled to break ground
His success is a case of local
boy makes good. The Polish-born architect, now 57,
is the son of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to
Jewish Congress addresses concerns over the film
The Passion of the Christ
20 February 2004
OTTAWA, FEBRUARY 20, 2004 -
In advance of the release next week of the film The
Passion of the Christ, Canadian Jewish Congress national
president, Keith Landy and religious and inter-religious
affairs national chair, Rabbi Reuven Bulka issued the
following statement concerning the controversy. To
date, Canadian Jewish Congress has not been given the
opportunity to see the film.
of a Harvard hard-liner
February 24, 2004
Daniel Johnson reviews Vixi:
Memoirs of a Non-Belonger by Richard Pipes
If a medal had been struck for moral courage during
the Cold War, Richard Pipes would have deserved to
win it with several bars.
on Europe -- Against anti-Semitism,
For a Union of Diversity
Brussels, 19 February 2004
Distinguished guests, ladies
The very fact that we are all gathered here today is
important and significant. It sends a positive message
of dialogue, openness and tolerance.
Hamlet roots for Kerry as 'native son'
February 29, 2004
A year ago, Klech, the mayor
of this Czech hamlet, sent Kerry an e-mail message
wishing the Massachusetts senator good luck. But Klech's
enthusiasm has nothing to do with the Democratic front-runner's
exhibit to tour Ontario,
organized by the Canadian Jewish Congress, B.C.
Jan 07, 2004 - CJN
By: Cynthia Gasner
From the Web editor:
We have just received a letter
from Mrs Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Vice-director of the
Museum of Jews in Warsaw, informing us about some well
documented facts concerning the legendary Doctor and
Educator, Janusz Korczak. Apparently, he was offered
a save place at the so called Aryan side by his colleagues
and friends, Stefania Sempolowska and Maria Falska
who headed an orphanage for Christian children. However,
he refused to leave his orphans.
The information comes from Igor
Newerly's book (whose true name was Jerzy Abramow,
1903-1987). He worked as the secretary of Dr Korczak
and editor of children's newspaper that had been launched
by Dr Korczak and later passed to him. He married one
of Korczak's orphans. ...
and Sons Separated by Belief
By DAVE KEHR
New York Times
February 6, 2004
The film makers Menachem Daum
and Oren Rudavsky collaborated on the 1997 "A
Life Apart: Hasidism in America," a sympathetic
and informative documentary on Hasidim, members of
the Jewish sect, many living and working in large modern
cities while strictly following forms of worship developed
in 18th-century Central Europe.
Temple Beth Sholom's new Warsaw
Ghetto memorial is a haunting reminder of man's dark
By Scott Dickensheets
LAS VEGAA WEEKLY
January 25, 2004
The new Warsaw Ghetto Remembrance
Garden at Temple Beth Sholom is not, in fact, a garden
in the leafy, green sense of the word. Made of stone
and concrete, it's really an interaction of history,
memory, metaphor, the senses, architecture and sky.
1.Olmert honors Warsaw ghetto heroes
2. Poland honors cantor
3. Jewish community receives title to property
4. Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival
Poland, floating art exhibit is testament to Jewish
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
JTA. January 25, 2004
Received from Guy Billauerg
A floating art installation by
a Polish artist in a former synagogue provides a dramatic
counterpoint to the now-infamous installation in Stockholm
about a Palestinian suicide bomber.
Israel's ambassador to Sweden made headlines earlier
this month by unplugging an artwork that featured a
portrait of Palestinian suicide bomber Hanadai Jaradet
floating in a white boat in a basin of blood-red water.
Hate, Across Cultures and Generations
New York Times, 15 January
January 14, 2004
By COREY KILGANNON
A Holocaust survivor and a survivor
from the Rwanda massacres go together to speak to students.
Such Knowledge': A Prisoner of Memory
By JAMES E. YOUNG
New York Review of Books
January 18, 2004
In the beginning was the war.
That was my childhood theory of origins, akin perhaps
to certain childhood theories of sexuality. For me,
the world as I knew it and the people in it emerged
not from the womb, but from war. The theory was perhaps
understandable, for I was born in Poland, in 1945,
that is, on the site of the Second World War's greatest
ravages; and so soon after the cataclysm as to conflate
it with the causes of my own birth.'' So begins Eva
Hoffman's extraordinarily clear and unsentimental meditation
on how she was indelibly shaped by the memory of catastrophic
events she never knew directly.
abroad options expand for Summer Break
By Laurel Jorgensen
The Daily Northwesterner,
London, 13 January 2004
China among new sites; program
pushes better awareness of cultural issues.
Students studying in Poland will
stay in Krakow, "the literature capital of Poland
and Eastern Europe in general," said Andrew Wachtel,
the founder of the program and the chairman of the
Slavic languages and literature department.
Portrayal of Poland as an anti-Semitic
country is a particularly persistent stereotype
Museum for Jews or Poles?
Dateline December 12, 2003
English translation by Urszula Gorniak,
received from Ewa Wierzynska (Nowy Dziennik)
Polish Parliament will shortly
begin the budget debate. This year it promises to be
particularly heated and acrimonious. I hope - though
reason and experience suggest otherwise - that the
MPs will seek savings, rather than recklessly throwing
money about. There is one item, however, that must
survive, regardless of any need for deep cuts in a
Separated by Holocaust Reunited
By JONATHAN M. KATZ
The Guardian, December 23,
BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) - For
nearly 60 years, Binyamin Shilon believed his sister
was among the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during
the Holocaust. Now he holds her in his arms and cries
Shilon, 78, and Shoshana November,
73, were separated from each other and their two brothers
in their native Poland during the 1930s. After World
War II broke out, Shilon ended up joining the Soviet
Red Army. His sister was sent to the Auschwitz concentration
camp in southern Poland.
Holocaust survivor meets with Catholic savior
December 11, 2003
The Bayside living room of Jack
Silverman is far removed from the terror of Hanukkah
1941, when the Nazis who occupied his village of Jody,
Poland massacred nearly all of its Jewish residents.
moments from the journal of the Canadian consul in
by Guillaume Siemienski
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Poland, a Forgotten Nazi Camp Becomes Hallowed Ground
Unearthing the Horror of Belzec
Special to The Washington
December 28, 2003; Page D01
In a back room at the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum just off the Mall, Jacek Nowakowski,
the Polish-born curator of acquisitions and research,
is laboring over a new exhibit, patiently sifting through
archives, assembling rare photographs and documents.
But visitors to the museum in Washington will never
see this display. Early next year, it will be boxed
up and shipped off to Belzec, a small town in eastern
Poland near the Ukrainian border. There, it will become
an integral part of a new memorial to more than half
a million Jews, gassed to death in the space of less
than a year in 1942.