New Publications from 2004

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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


By Edward J. Sozanski

Art Critic

Philadelphia Inquirer

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 diaspora.


Holocaust Educational Series 2004



Journal Sentinel art critic

October 9, 2004

Artist returns to Milwaukee to paint portraits of Holocaust survivors he's known all his life


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


August, 2004

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.



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.


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.



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 articles below

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. ...


By Reuters

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.



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.


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.



New York Times, August 26. 2004

Cambridge, Mass.

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.


Etgar Lefkovits
Jerusalem Post
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 Television Network
PO.Box 9 Station O Scarborough Ontario M4A 2M9

Montreal, August 10, 2004

Dear Mr.Robertson

... we are all very concerned that CTV referred in its news broadcast to the notorious Nazi death camp in Treblinka as a "Polish camp".

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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 concentration camps.

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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.

Irena Bellert

Marie 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.

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By: Ruth Ellen Gruber
ITA, Rome
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.

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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.

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"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 you (...)"

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Steve Lipman - Staff Writer

The Jewish Week, 12 August 2004

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.

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Simon Heffer

The Spectator, August 16, 2004

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.

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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.

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Richard Bernstein

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.


Chicago Tribune,
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.


By Jonathan S. Tobin
Israel insider

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


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.


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."


'Rising '44': Betraying Warsaw

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.


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


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?


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.


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.


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.


Susan Levine

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

July 3, 2004

Polish Army veteran and longtime local resident has been named the state commander of the Jewish War Veterans.


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 Tuesday.


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.


Friday, June 04, 2004

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


Address by Miles Lerman

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 camp, Belzec.


BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/history
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.


BBC News Online , 17 June 2004

An international organisation dedicated to hunting down Holocaust war criminals has opened a telephone hotline for potential informants in Poland.

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.


FORWARD, New York, 25 June 2004

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.


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.


BELZEC, Poland

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.


Thursday June 3, 2004


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 II.


NEW YORK, June 3 (JTA) - Norbert Dikales, 75, walked down a pathway that goes 30 feet below ground and descended into a nightmare.


Rare Footage, Recollections Highlight Documentary about Polish Revolt Against Nazi Occupation

On the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landing, CNN premieres a groundbreaking documentary on a little-known chapter in the war.


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.


March 2004

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. ...


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.



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 Jewish past.


Received from Guy Billauer, NPAJAC
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?"


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.


Interview by Rebecca Phillips


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 nonofficial faiths.


Teri Keish

Sun Newspapers

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.


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.


From 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

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.


Review of "A Question of Honor", Olson and Cloud
by John Whiteclay Chambers II
The Washington Post, September 21, 2003

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 in 1939.


Businessweek Online

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 this fall.

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 New York


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.


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.


Brussels, 19 February 2004

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
The very fact that we are all gathered here today is important and significant. It sends a positive message of dialogue, openness and tolerance.


Boston Globe
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 positions.


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. ...



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.


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.




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.


New York Times, 15 January 2004

January 14, 2004

A Holocaust survivor and a survivor from the Rwanda massacres go together to speak to students.


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.


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.



Dateline December 12, 2003

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 tight budget.



The Guardian, December 23, 2003

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 with joy.

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.


Ayala Ben-Yehuda
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.


by Guillaume Siemienski

From the Web editor

The author, whom our Foundation members know as Wilczek Siemienski , is at present First Secretary and Consul at the Canadian Consulate in Bratislavia. He is a member of our Foundation and sent me this text for publication on our Web site


Alan Elsner

Special to The Washington Post

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.