New Publications from 2005

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The government of Poland and the city of Warsaw have allocated $26 million and donated land in the former Warsaw ghetto for the construction of a new Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Jewish philanthropists have raised about $7 million for the exhibits and are trying to raise another $17 million.


MHPJ North American Council

Spotlight on Sigmund Rolat and The Exhibit of "The Jews of Czestochowa"

December 5 -9,Washington D.C.

Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda- located North of the main Capitol building at Delaware & Constitution Ave, N.E.
Please note: Photo ID required at door for admission  
Weekdays - 9.00am-4.30pm
Fridays - 9.00am-2.00pm


January 22 - April 2, South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University


For the further details of the exhibit go to www.czestochowajews.org


About Sigmund Rolat 


16, Ha'neviim st.
Ramat Ha'Sharon 47279

My holocaust is about memory. A memory of a child, thrown into a world that went mad. Memory that haunts me ever since.


19 November 2005

Auschwitz-Birkenau was among Hitler's mos torious death camps - and the museum which annually attracts millions of visitors from all over the world to this, the site of the most terrible mass murder in the history of humanity, undoubtedly plays a vital role in educating people about an era and a crime we should never forget. But should we encourage our children to visit such a place?


Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2005

By Lucyna Artymiuk

Poland has taken over a decade to rebuild relations with Israel, broken off under communism. Now it's hoped that the country is coming to be seen as Israel's gateway into the European Union.


Authorized by the Author

28 November 2005

Hi gang....

Tomorrow I leave Poland and head back to Melbourne. I can't believe that almost 5 weeks has gone by so quickly and that I'm going home already - so much done, yet so much still to do!



New York City, U.S. - Sixty-one years ago, Joanna Zalucka hid a young Jewish girl in her bedroom for eight months, saving the child from the Nazi killing spree in their native Poland.


Sunday, November 6, 2005, 2 PM

at the Lodzer Centre Holocaust Congregation,
12 Heaton Street, Toronto near Bathurst and Sheppard, tel. 416-636-6665

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation

The 25th Anniversary Holocaust Education Week in Toronto has already started.
We are proud to be part of it again.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

A renowned Canadian scholar of the Holocaust has pulled back the veils on one of the Second World War's most painful and inflamed controversies - the role Pope Pius XII played as Jewish leaders struggled to reclaim Jewish children from Roman Catholics to whom they had been entrusted for safekeeping from the Nazi death camps.


David Novak

Copyright (c) 1998 First Things 89 (January 1999): 20-25.

Something very significant has happened to Jewish-Christian relations, especially Jewish-Catholic relations. Last March, the Vatican issued the statement "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah," which was prepared under the direction of Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, president of the Church's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, and introduced by Pope John Paul II himself (see FT, May 1998).



26-25 October 2005

Net-like sheets of fabric hang from the ceiling of the Radegast train station on the outskirts of Lodz in central Poland. The fabric depicts black-and-white pictures of Jews who were once residents of the city - random photographs of youths, couples, families, and people in the streets.


November 10, 2005 at 8:00pm

The concert will be dedicated to the millions of victims of the Second World War. Victims of Holocaust, genocide and mass murder in all occupied countries.

The University of Ottawa Orchestra will perform, supplemented by select members of The Ottawa Symphony especially invited for this important performance. The Orchestra will be under the direction of University of Ottawa Professor and Director of the Ottawa Symphony, David Currie. The vocal soloist will be Maria Knapik.


Warsaw, 26th January 2004

Dear Sir,
Dear Colleague,

Acting as the Editor-in-Chief of the "Rzeczpospolita" daily, the most renowned opinion-forming Polish daily newspaper that has always focused on truth and the compliance with the ethical principles also in the sphere of journalism I have noticed with pain and grief that in many renowned newspapers all over the world a term "Polish concentration camps" appears time and again with the harm to the Poles.


His Excellency Ambassador of Israel to Poland

David Abraham Akiva Peleg

Accompanied by the diplomats and employees of the Embassy of Israel wish you a good, successful and peaceful year 5766.

The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) begins on the 3rd of October in the evening.


Ottawa, 21st of September 2005

Mr. Giles Gherson
Editor in Chief
The Toronto Star

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you to express my concern and to protest against the expression used in the article published on the 21st September 2005 edition of "Toronto Star" on page A1 and A6 treating on the passing of Simon Wiesenthal entitled "Nazi-hunter sought 'justice, not revenge'". It is written in the aforementioned article that: "Wiesenthal was also instrumental in the arrest of Franz Stangl, commandant of the Polish death camps at Treblinka and Sobibor".


scriptwriter of The Pianist and now Oliver Twist,
tells Jasper Rees about his friendship with the remarkable

Roman Polanski

Telegraph.co.uk, 30 September 2005

A few years ago, Roman Polanski saw a play in Paris about the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler's relationship with the Third Reich. He had already acquired the rights to the memoir of Wladislaw Szpilman, a Polish-Jewish pianist who through resilience and luck managed to cheat the Nazis of one more victim.


September 26, 2005 Monday

taking part in the conference are outstanding experts and historians from Poland, Israel, Great Britain, Germany and the USA.


The Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation


The Films of Agnieszka Holland

September 24-25 at the Bloor Cinema. Toronto

Oscar-nominated director Agnieszka Holland will speak about her life and work at the Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation's "Agnieszka Holland Film Festival".


By Adam Bernstein,
Washington Post

September 21, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Simon Wiesenthal, the controversial Nazi hunter who pursued hundreds of war criminals after World War II and who was ce l to preserving the memory of the Holocaust for more than half a century, yesterday at his home in Vienna, the city that was his base of operations. He had a kidney ailment and was 96.

Called the ''deputy for the dead" and ''avenging archangel" of the Holocaust, Mr. Wiesenthal after the war created a repository of concentration camp testimonials and dossiers on Nazis at his Jewish Documentation Center. The information was used to help lawyers prosecute those responsible for some of the 20th century's most abominable crimes.


By Eva Hoffman

Eva Hoffman (London) grew up in Krakow, Poland. After emigrating to Canada in her teens, she went on to study in the United States and received a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard University. Subsequently, she worked as senior editor and writer on several sections of the New York Times, serving for a while as one of its regular literary critics. She has also taught literature and creative writing at various universities in the US. and Britain. She is the author of 'Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language', 'Exit Into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe', 'Shtetl: The History of a Small Town and an Extinguished World'. Her first novel, 'The Secret', was published in 2001.


September 16, 2005 - New York
President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee with the organization's highest award, the American Liberties Medallion.


by Dan Pine
staff writer

Jewish News Weekly

August 26, 2005

PBS' "Hiding and Seeking"

Menachem Daum loves his sons, but when he saw them giving a wink to hatred, he decided to do something about it.


By Rabbi Dow Marmur

Canadian Jewish News

Each time he returned to Israel, he was asked if anti-Semitism in Poland is still prevalent. "Yes," he'd reply, "just as in other European countries." He'd add: "Polish Jews are tied to their bad memories and refuse to free themselves from them. They don't want to see a different Poland. I've the impression that they don't put similar questions to those who return from visits to Germany or France."


Personal ties spur philanthropist
to bring Poles, U.S. Jews together

By Carolyn Slutsky
JTA, August 17, 2005

RAKOW, Poland, Aug. 17 (JTA) - When Tad Taube decided to create the Polish Jewish Heritage Program, a branch of his Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, he did it for more than philanthropic reasons.


Carolyn Slutsky
Special to the Jewish Times

AUGUST 18, 2005
Krakow, Poland

When Tad Taube decided to create the Polish Jewish Heritage Program, a branch of his Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, he did it for more than philanthropic reasons.
"I was born in Krakow," Taube said. "I have linkages that I feel positive about, and I wanted to make those linkages stronger."



Jerusalem Post. August 23, 2005

Has anyone heard of Breslau? My grandparents lived there, and it was where my late father spent his childhood. Once it was the third largest city in Germany. It boasted an ancient university and a tradition of German scholarship that produced eight Nobel Prize winners. But then came World War II.


Radio Free Europe (archives)
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. Nationalist thought involved an especially deformed memory of the past; many issues could not be openly discussed. By the end of the 1940s, Jewish history, and the Holocaust, or Shoah, in particular, became such a forbidden topic.


David Rapp

Haaretz, 19 August 2005

The testimony given by Vera Alexander at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem focused on her memories of the women's camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visual, subjective memories, of the sort that muted and faded over the years. Alexander, a native of Slovakia, took the witness stand on June 8, 1961. Gideon Hausner, prosecutor in the trial, presented the court and the witness with an album of drawings that depicted everyday life in Auschwitz.


bbc news, August 1, 2005

The Polish Home Army has begun a battle to liberate Warsaw, the first European capital to fall to the Germans fifty one years ago.

At 1700 local time, the code signal "Tempest" was given and there was a wave of explosions and rifle fire throughout the city.


Polemics between Rabbi David Lincoln who considers Poland as the victim of the Nazis and Fanya Gottesfeld Heller who claims that Poland was a victimizer. Below you have three texts from the New York Jewish Week:

The Rabbi's article, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller's opinion and the Rabbi's reply.

Jewish Week

New York, June 17, 2005

I was pleased to read recently in Haaretz that the Israeli government is considering changes in the March of the Living youth trips and concentration camp visits. Polish organizations have complained about the ignorance of youth leaders, with the result that young people (joining many Jewish adults in the United States) cannot distinguish between the German killers and Polish victims, and hold the Poles responsible for the fate of Polish Jews.


Picking Up Passengers

When we began this project six years ago, we had no idea where life would take us. A man in our early audience told us, "you are on a journey, picking up passengers, to make a difference in the world." We continue on this journey and find more and more people wanting to make a difference. During the last of May and the first part of June we traveled to Poland for a total of nine days. So here are paragraphs on Irena, presentations, projects and the press.


The Warsaw Voice No 27 (871)
July 3, 2005

Teacher Norman Conard and student Jessica Shelton from the Irena Sendler Project
Talk to Marcin Mierzejewski


By Jeff Jacoby

In a country with no more than a wisp of Jewish life, where does such an appetite for things Jewish come from ?


The Society of Friends of the First Social High School (the first independent school in Poland that was created in 1989) intends to open a new school in September, 2006. The curriculum of this school will include teaching the history, culture and traditions of Polish Jews and will also offer the study of Yiddish and Hebrew languages.



An international jury convened in Warsaw to announce that Finnish architects Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamaki have won the architectural competition for the building of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.



8 On November 19, 1942, the great Polish author Bruno Schulz left his home in the Jewish ghetto of Drohobycz-according to the generally accepted version of the story, he had gone to fetch a ration of bread-and was shot to death by a German SS officer. The author of two critically acclaimed short-story collections and a graphic artist of growing renown, Schulz had survived the Nazi occupation as long as he did under the protection of Felix Landau, a vicious Gestapo officer who fancied himself a patron of the arts. Landau was fond of Schulz's drawings, which frequently depict dreamlike scenes of sexual humiliation, and he had ordered Schulz to decorate his son's playroom with images from fairy tales. During the last year of his life, Schulz received special permission to leave the ghetto to paint Landau’s frescoes.


Mrs. Paula Sawicka, President of the Open Republic (Otwarta Rzeczpospolita) – an association to fight anti-Semitism and xenophobia created a couple of years ago in Warsaw - sent us a copy of the Theses presented by her to the OSCE conference in Cordoba. Two members of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation’s Board, Wanda Muszynska and I, are also members of this organization. I believe that the activities of this organization may be of interest to our members and readers:

Cordoba, 8 & 9 June 2005


Amiram Barket

May 5, 2005

More than 22,000 Israeli teenagers took part in Holocaust remembrance trips to Poland last year, an all-time record. Participation in delegations to Poland under the auspices of the Israel Defense Forces has also soared, from two delegations in 2001 to 15 this year. But alongside the standard visits to death camps, a growing number of Israelis, second- and third-generation Holocaust survivors, are involved in a more independent and profound manner with restoring Poland's Jewish past.


Arieh O'Sullivan

May 16, 2005

Chaim Ben-Ya'akov, a lieutenant in the Polish Army who was stripped of his rank by Poland after the Six Day War because he was a Jew, was given back his officer's bars Monday by visiting Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski.


Ingrid Peritz

Globe and Mail
May 11, 2005

Father Romuald-Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel is a living embodiment of an apparent contradiction: He is a Catholic priest and, as he discovered as an adult, also a Jew.


I hope one of the readers might identify the family in the photo that I received in the below e-mail from Viktor Lewin:


----- Original Message -----
From: viktor lewin
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 4:47 AM
Subject: Losice Family.


Shalom Friends ,
Need help in identifying the family in this photo. There may be a Steinman connection , however I am not 100% positive. The reverse side of the photo is stamped -
Sz. Szpialter , Losice .
Thank you, Viktor.

Losice Mystery Photo


From Radio Polonia
May 9, 2005

More than 150 former prisoners of the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz have signed a document founding the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.


Michele Chabin - Israel Correspondent
Jewish Week. 13 May 2005

Jerusalem - Therese Collins never imagined she would major in Jewish studies in college.

"I came to Jewish studies by accident," said Collins, 20, a student at the City University of New York, explaining how a black Catholic woman from the Caribbean island of Antigua came to be standing outside the walls of the Old City, next to the Jaffa Gate.


Etgar Lefkovits

www.Jerusalem Post.com

May. 4, 2005

"Help us die honorably. We want to follow in the footsteps of the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. We are ready," reads the letter, smuggled out of a Nazi labor camp near the Polish city of Lublin in the months after the Warsaw Ghetto was demolished by the Nazis.


By Michael Evans

Times, 6 June 2005

Information about the gas chambers was kept from Churchill because officials would not accept the evidence of witnesses

BRITAIN’s intelligence chiefs refused to accept witness reports of the German massacre of Polish Jews in the Second World War and discounted the existence of the Holocaust, according to an authorised account based on official archives.


New York Times

11 June 2005

The last time the Rev. Andrzej Kurowski was at the Vatican, he met Pope John Paul II, who greeted him by asking where he was from. "Brooklyn," Kurowski said. The pontiff's eyes lit up. "Ah, Brooklyn," he replied.


Dana David
The Canadian Jewish News
June 9, 2005

Before arriving in Poland as a university participant on the March of the Living, I had several expectations.

I expected to cry all day, every day, for a week. I expected to find the answers to my many questions. I expected to understand the atrocity that occurred only six decades ago. I expected to leave Poland feeling depressed. Prior to leaving Toronto, these expectations seemed realistic to me. While in Poland however, it occurred to me how idealistic they really were.


Harriet J. Dobin
Jewish Ledger


DAY ONE: Mincha at Auschwitz

Twenty-nine men and women from Hartford got on a tour bus at Krakow Airport this morning, bound for a death camp in southern Poland. If it had been 60 years ago, perhaps only three of us would have made it out of that camp alive. Today, we smelled the air of Auschwitz, walked its muddy tracks and remembered the 1.1 million slaughtered Jews who never made it out of the Auschwitz gates of hell.


David Lazarus
The Canadian Jewish News, May 26, 2005

JERUSALEM - March of the Living participants who landed in Israel last week after being in Poland could not kiss the tarmac as in the past because the gleaming new airport connects aircraft directly to the terminal.


Reviewed by Arnold Aronson
The New York Times
May 25, 2005

Most of theater history belongs to actors and playwrights, but in the 20th century the stage became largely the domain of the director. From Meyerhold and Reinhardt through Chreau and Sellars, visionary and charismatic individuals have brought bold conceptions to theater and opera, reinterpreting classic plays, reinventing approaches to acting and investigating the relationship of the spectator to the stage. In the second half of the 20th century, no director has had more influence or recognition than Peter Brook.


As March of the Living
By Carolyn Slutsky
Poles learn about what was lost

KRAKOW, Poland , May 3 (JTA) - About 20,000 people from around the world, Jews and non-Jews alike, are expected in Poland for the 15th March of the Living this week.

The annual trip, which began in 1988, takes Jewish high school students - and, increasingly, adults and non-Jews - to Poland, where they spend a week visiting Holocaust sites. Many groups then continue to Israel to see the homeland of the Jewish people.


In mid April I had another car accident in which my leg was broken. I am still in hospital so will resume posting new publications in June once I am back home - IB


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.


Interpress Publishers, pp. 17-39 [undated]

I am not acquainted with the young author of this booklet, one of the leaders of the Jewish Uprising. He brought me a typewritten copy, and I read it all at once, unable to interrupt my reading for a single moment.

... "I am not a writer, " he said. "This has no literary value. "

However, this non-literary narrative achieves that which not all masterpieces can achieve. For it gives in serious, purposeful, reticent words a record, simple and unostentatious, of a common martyrdom, of its entire involved course. It is also an authentic document about perseverance and moral strength kept intact during the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind.


By Detroit News wire services

Monday. April 11, 2005

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul's plea for God's forgiveness for the Catholic Church's past sins -- including its treatment of Jews, heretics and women -- is one of the most significant acts of his papacy.


By Andrew Baker

New York Post
January 26, 2005

When Polish President Lech Walesa organized the 50th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz 10 years ago, he so angered Jewish leaders and survivors they held their own ceremony one day earlier. This year, world leaders will participate in one program coordinated with Jewish organizations and Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum. It benefits from President Alexander Kwasniewski's diplomatic skills and a decade of change in Poland and the region.


Steve Lipman, staff writer

The Jewish Week, April 8, 2005

Shortly after a little-known cardinal from Poland was elected spiritual head of the Catholic Church in 1978, Rabbi Arthur Schneier received a call from a network television correspondent asking for comment. The correspondent, who "equated Poles with anti-Semitism," assumed that Rabbi Schneier, a Holocaust survivor and president of the Manhattan-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an ecumenical human rights organization, would comment negatively on the new pope, the rabbi recalls.


by Jeff Jacoby
April 2005

As the world mourns the death of Pope John Paul II, we present this commentary written in March, 2000.

The Baltimore Catechism instructed generations of American Roman Catholics that the marks of the church are four: It is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.


March 24, 2005:

Below is a translation of two articles by Piotr Gillert, on the "Polish
death camp" issue and the image of Poland in American media,
published in the Polish daily RZECZPOSPOLITA. The translation is by Charles Chotkowski


Sarasota-Manatee Jewish News, March 2005

Why would anyone want to reclaim and restore long-abandoned cemeteries located in remote former shtetls where there are no Jews? Why care about the dead when the needs of the living are so great? Why restore cemeteries in a country in which so many Jews perished and which was so deeply antisemitic? These and many more questions are asked of me since first taking on restoration of my ancestral cemetery of Ozarow, and later leading efforts to restore all of Poland's Jewish cemeteries. The following provides some answers and is also an account of the formation and purposes of the Poland Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project.


We Deeply Mourn the Passing of

Pope John Paul II

an Outstanding Historic Figure,
a Distinguished Pole and a Friend of Jewish People,
Deeply Devoted to Christian-Jewish
and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

The Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada


From the Editor :

We wish to thank Peter Jassem, the President of our sister organization, Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada (the Toronto Chapter), for placing this obituary notice in the 'Canadian Jewish News'


Mission to Poland June 26 - July 5, 2005

Dear Friend,

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is honored to invite you to join the 2005 Mission to Poland. The Mission will take place from Sunday, June 26 through Tuesday, July 5 2005 and will offer a unique exploration of a country to which most American Jews trace their roots. ...


Two years ago, I received a "letter to the editor" from Mr. Viktor Lewin concerning the devastated Jewish cemetery in Losice (in eastern Poland). Viktor expressed his plan to restore it with the financial help of some survivors or children of survivors born in that area. He explained that there were "hundreds of Matzevot lying in the backyard of a residence in Losice that had been brought by the Nazis after Jewish cemeteries were raided in Losice, Mordy and Sarnaki, to serve as paving stones for a courtyard at this residence".


Etgar Lefkovits


Mach 3, 2005

The construction of a Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw is a 'debt' that Poland owed both the Jewish people and the Polish nation, Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski said Wednesday.


Martin Davis

Cambridge University Press, 2004

All people use logic in making their way through the world. Scientists in particular use it in reasoning about relations among experimental results and theoretical explanations. The first attempt to make logic itself the subject of rational inquiry was by Aristotle in his theory of the syllogism.


8 March 2005

"I was young, I was strong, I was witty," said 79-year-old Katz. "But I was most of all lucky. What more can I say? There were people who were far better educated. I had a brother who was smarter, more cultured than me. He died."


Staff Writer

February 28 2005

TAMARAC · Sixty years after the Holocaust, the horrifying memories can still bring tears to Tamarac resident Sonia Weikes' eyes.


3 March 2005

At Rose Kryger's funeral, her son Meir, now a physician in Winnipeg, was surprised to learn from the rabbi's funeral oration that his mother had some bottled up secrets and had yearned to be a writer. After the week of shiva, he discovered a spiral-bound notebook and some audio cassettes in a drawer.


By Michael Phillips

Chicago Tribune

February 12 2005

The man who wrote "Death of a Salesman" died Thursday. As Linda Loman told the sons of Willy Loman, that sad and epic American dreamer: Attention must be paid.


The Guardian, 28 January 2005

Sir, thank you for publishing my letter (Poland's people have nothing to hide, January 27), which was a reaction to the opinions concerning Poland, expressed in Ian Black's article (World Watch, January 24). However, I must express my opinion on yet another, even more striking matter. In one of the leading articles, (Eternal memory, January 26) you wrote that during the World War Two, the French Jews were rounded up and shipped into cattle trucks to the Polish gas chambers and crematoria'.


The JTA, February 10, 2005

The last time Trudy Spira was in Auschwitz, she was 12 years old. The day of liberation "is my second birthday - I was reborn on that day," said Spira, who came from Venezuela with her son Ernesto, 48, to show him the place that robbed her of her childhood.


BBC News, 7 February 2005

Medieval Krakow is the spiritual home of Poland's Jewish revival.

Today the city is home to only a tiny number of Jews, but it is rich in historical relics, including six synagogues and two Jewish cemeteries.


60th anniversary of liberating KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, 27th January 2005
Address at the state ceremony dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz Birkenau


60th anniversary of liberating KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, 27th January 2005.
Address at the state ceremony by the President of Israel


60th anniversary of liberating KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, 27th January 2005.
Address at the state ceremony by the President of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah


60th anniversary of liberating KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, 27th January 2005.
Address at the state ceremony


60th anniversary of liberating KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, 27th January 2005.
Address at the state ceremony dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz Birkenau by the President of the Republic of Poland


Jan Nowak Dead at 91

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Washington / Prague - January 21, 2005

Jan Nowak, the legendary fighter for the Polish resistance during World War II who went on to head the Polish service of Radio Free Europe for a quarter of a century, died Thursday evening, January 20 in a hospital in his native Warsaw. He was 91 years old.


Jewish Time Online

JANUARY 29, 2005
Oswiecim, Poland

The last time Trudy Spira was in Auschwitz, she was 12 years old. The day of liberation "is my second birthday - I was reborn on that day," said Spira, who came from Venezuela with her son Ernesto, 48, to show him the place that robbed her of her childhood.


January 30, 2005

New York American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris issued the following statement today:


Timesonline. co.uk
January 17, 2005

The surrealist artist and poet Erna Rosenstein was at the forefront of the Cracow avant-garde for half a century. Her mixed-medium creations, sometimes sinister, often playful and nostalgic, were glimpses into dream-worlds.


AUSCHWITZ: INSIDE THE NAZI STATE, airing in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation, is a comprehensive look into the decisions that led to the creation of history's largest mass murder site. The programs air on PBS Wednesdays, January 19-February 2, 2005.


Special to the Jewish Times

January 08, 2005

The Polish Jewish community has turned to an American as its new spiritual leader, filling a post left empty since 1999.


JTA, 23 Decembre 2004

By: Carolyn Slutsky

After the dual destructions wrought by the Holocaust and communism, Eastern European Jewish communal life was little more than a memory 15 years ago.



Staff Report

A six-page diary kept by a Jewish woman during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising - the only known Jewish account to be written in the midst of the 27-day revolt - was discovered in the archives of the Ghetto Fighter's House, a museum in northern Israel.


Cezary Podkul

The Daily Pennsylvanian
6 December 2004

'My great-grandparents lived in Poland, and they didn't get treated very well over there, so why shouldn't Poland just fall off the map into the sea?"


By Marcin Mierzejewski

4 November 2004

In his writings, he mocked official stances, contested the traditional notion of the artist's role in society, and caused indignation for questioning national values. One hundred years after his birth, the writer was put on a national pedestal and deemed "great." In Poland, this year is celebrated as the Year of Witold Gombrowicz.


Ed Vulliamy
The Observer
Sunday January 2, 2005

It is daunting to try to find words with which to lament the parting of someone whose command of language was as absolute as that of Susan Sontag. Words such as 'aesthete', 'essayist' and 'thinker' (her own least favourite) get in the way. Susan Sontag preferred simply the description of 'writer'.