New Publications from 2006

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The Jerusalem Post
Online  edition
December 4, 2005

When Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich was punched and pepper-sprayed on a Warsaw street in May while his attacker shouted "Poland for the Poles," it may have seemed to some that history was repeating itself.


Progressive Rabbi Installed in Poland
Poland's First Progressive Rabbi Since Holocaust

Installed in Warsaw
The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland - A Polish Jewish community installed its first Progressive rabbi since World War II Friday in a ceremony filled with lively music and solemn remembrance of those who perished in the Holocaust.



Irena Sendler mooted for Nobel Peace Prize - support this candidacy!

Norm Conrad, a history teacher at Uniontown High School, proposed the award for Irena Sendler, who saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis during World War II.


By Adam Easton
BBC News, Warsaw
December 12, 2006

Under Nazi and communist persecution, the few Jews who remained in Poland sometimes hid their identity, leaving a surprise in store for their descendants.


Museum Honors  Attorney Roman Rewald and the Law Firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, and Ryszard Krauze of Prokom and the Ryszard Krauze Foundation


Survivor from Poland makes

dialogue his own historical legacy

By Dinah A. Spritzer

October 23, 2006

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland, Oct. 23 (JTA) - Until recently, it was thought that a particular truckload of Jews selected for death by the Nazis in Czestochowa were all lined up, shot and killed. But as Sigmund Rolat, who survived the Holocaust in the Polish town, tells the audience about a day he thought he knew so well in the former Jewish ghetto, he has a surprise.


Listen - Polish Radio

An exhibition focusing on Jewish soldiers in the Polish armed forces during the Second World War is now on in Jerusalem.

The organizers say the fact that Polish Jews served in the army alongside Christian Poles hasn't been given enough attention. The current exhibition in Jerusalem is held under the patronage of the Polish President.


The Judaica Foundation - Center for Jewish Culture

Meiselsa 17, 31-058 Krakow, Poland
www.judaica.pl   info1@judaica.pl

November 19, 2006

The 'Felek' statuette, dedicated to the memory of Rafael F. Scharf has been awarded for the year 2006 to Professor Antony Polonsky of Brandeis Universit, Waltham, Massachusetts in the United States.


New York, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan,

November 16, 2006 - January 17, 2007

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Contemporary Posters, and The Polish Cultural Institute present the exhibition POLISH JEWISH CULTURAL POSTERS from the Contemporary Posters collection.


Compiled by Piotr Jassem.

Toronto Ceremony, Tuesday, September 19, 2006.

Funeral home: Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel

LIFE IS A JOURNEY by Alvin Fine Read by Rabbi Dow Marmur


Polish president: We're Israel's best friend in Europe

By Greer Fay Cashman

The Jerusalem Post September 11 2006 "Szalom Panie Prezydencie," (Peace, Mr. President) Polish President Lech Kaczynski said in an enthusiastic response to the warm welcome that he and his wife Maria received from President Moshe Katsav and his wife Gila during a visit to Beit Hanassi on Monday.




Construction on the long-awaited Museum of the History of Polish Jews will begin in the Polish capital Warsaw next fall, with its doors expected to open within three years.


North American Council

Newsletter # 7

C  O  N  T  E  N  T  S

:: Letter from Jerzy Halbersztadt
:: FUNDRAISING MILESTONES: New $1 Million Dollar Gift 
:: Benefit Performance of Brundibar
:: North American Council Gains 501(c)3 Status
:: West Coast Support for the Museum

:: North American Council Meetings in Poland

:: Lori Sherman Appointed NAC Director of Development


Festival of Jewish Culture in Warsaw

Polish Radio

September 9, 2006

Report by Michal Kubicki


The festival, now in its third year, features, as usual, the work of Nobel Prize winner Issac Bashevis Singer, who began his career in the Polish capital before emigrating to the USA in 1935.


An Appeal to the German Government to Restore the Jewish Cemeteries of Poland

September  15 2006

The invasion of Poland by German forces in 1939 brought for the Jews immediate and systematic dehumanization, plundering, forced ghettoization, starvation, and the "final solution", when 3 million Polish Jews were murdered-half of the 6 million Jews who were annihilated in the Holocaust.


Last Update: 11/09/2006


In 1942, in the midst of World War Two, Irena Sendler secretly packed a few Jewish children into an ambulance and smuggled them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. In the front passenger seat, next to the driver, she put a dog, whose loud barking drowned out the crying children. Throughout the war, Sendler worked to save Jewish children - 2,500 in total.


by David Margolick July 23, 2006

Sometime in the late 1950's, a pair of Jewish newlyweds walked arm-in-arm down the streets of Lodz. Like all surviving Polish Jews of their generation, the two had lived through the Holocaust against enormous odds, making the joy of that moment all the more poignant. "Look at them," a well-dressed passer-by suddenly sneered, loud enough for them to hear. "It's like they're in Tel Aviv." To them, his message was clear: Jews had no business living in Poland, let alone being happy there.


JTA, August 3, 2006
Dinah A.Spritzer

WARSAW, Aug. 3 (JTA) - Handsome, articulate and full of sympathetic words for the "Jewish nation," Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych is asked to account for years of anti-Semitic statements made by members of his party, the League of Polish Families.


By Dinah Spritzer

PRAGUE, July 17 (JTA) - They are despised by many. They face discrimination and stereotyping, and feel overwhelmed by the prejudice against them. They want to be seen as individuals, not as a group, and they want the media to stop slandering them.



The Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw (IPN) has had a general cooperation agreement with the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem since 2004. Now, the Israeli institute studying crimes of the Holocaust has promised to officially assist it in gathering archive documents about Poles who lost their life, or suffered repression for helping Jews during the Second World War.


August 8, 2006

Alfred Hitchcock once said, "In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director." I think about this when people congratulate us for our "brilliant" filmmaking. The truth is we were skating on pretty thin ice. Despite our best efforts things could just as easily have turned out otherwise. We went to Poland almost 60 years after the events, not knowing if the rescuers still lived in the same place or even if they were still alive.


Letters to the Editor

New York Times, August 20 2006

In his review of "Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz," by Jan T. Gross (July 23), David Margolick writes: "With the war over, and to tumultuous applause, a thousand delegates of the Polish Peasants Party actually passed a resolution thanking Hitler for annihilating Polish Jewry and urging that those he'd missed be expelled."


'Fear': An Exchange

Letters to the Editor

New York Times, August 20 2006

In his review of "Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz," by Jan T. Gross (July 23), David Margolick writes: "With the war over, and to tumultuous applause, a thousand delegates of the Polish Peasants Party actually passed a resolution thanking Hitler for annihilating Polish Jewry and urging that those he'd missed be expelled."


By Jan T. Gross. 303 pp. Random House. $25.95.

The announcement that Jan T. Gross would publish a book on anti-Semitism in postwar Poland prompted Polish Americans to ask: would the new book be as bad a book, and as bad for Poland and the Poles, as his earlier book "Neighbors" on the Jedwabne massacre?



PRAGUE, Aug. 8 (JTA) - Even a decade ago, almost no one could have predicted that Poland, of all places, would serve as a refuge for Israeli children.



July 16, 2006

THE United Nations has agreed to rename Auschwitz concentration camp to stress that Nazi Germans, not Poles, were responsible for the world's most notorious death camp, Poland's Culture Ministry has said.

"Auschwitz Concentration Camp", a UN heritage site, will be renamed "the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz", the ministry of culture said in a statement.


Friday May 19,  2006


KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - It is 7 a.m. on a weekday and the 17th century church of St. Florian, where the late Pope John Paul was once a parish priest, is brimming with worshippers at the day's first mass.


Renowned Polish poet and author Jerzy Ficowski dies at 82

Copyright 2006 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH: Tuesday, May. 9, 2006 - 9:20 AM

Warsaw (dpa) - The leading biographer of Poland's literary legend Bruno Schulz, Polish poet and author Jerzy Ficowski died in Warsaw Tuesday aged 82, Poland's Writers' Guild confirmed.


Some philanthropists dismissive of historical institution on site of  Warsaw Ghetto.

Steve Lipman - Staff Writer

The Jewish Week

Victor Markowicz, a Siberian-born philanthropist who grew up in Poland and later moved to the United States, spends much of his time these days asking fellow Jewish philanthropists in the U.S. to contribute to a Jewish museum to be built in Warsaw in the next few years.


Burt E. Schuman

From New York Jewish Week 05/19/2006


Thousands of Jewish teens and college students recently returned from Poland as part of the March of the Living, a program designed to educate young adults about the Holocaust and to reaffirm support for the State of Israel as our national Jewish homeland. The problem, however, is that the March of the Living treats Poland as merely a Jewish graveyard and ignores the near-miraculous renaissance of Jewish life in Poland today. This is a serious "sin of omission" on the part of the March and its organizers.


By Dinah A. Spritzer
June 25, 2006

PRAGUE, June 25 (JTA) - Anyone who thinks the planned $58 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews doesn't have the support of general Polish society might have to reconsider. Eleven leaders from the country's top business and employer associations joined forces recently to announce their endorsement of the museum and to urge members to contribute financially.



New York, May 26, 2006

Jerzy Ficowski, a peerless advocate for the arts and letters of a decimated Polish Jewry, died in Warsaw on May 9, at the age of 82.


Etgar Lefkovits

Jerusalem Post, July 3, 2006

A new Polish governmental department which will oversee the broadening of youth exchanges between Israel and Poland will circumvent the far-right Polish education minister whom Israel is boycotting due to his party's youth wing anti-Semitic ideology, Poland's ambassador to Israel said Monday.


By Suzanne Traverws

Herald News, July 2, 2006

"Most nightmares fade with the light of day, but the one through which Mrs. Sophie Straczynski and her two children lived for seven terror-filled years still haunts them, even though they have been free from its grip since last June." -- The Morning Call, Paterson, N.J., December 24, 1946


Jeff Heinrich

The Gazette (Montreal)

April 22, 2006

First, she bore a baby girl. Then, for years, she bore the burden of the past. Now, she is bearing witness.


Adam Gorlick,

July 6, 2006
The Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. - Some of the images seem almost mundane. A photograph of hunched women picking cabbage. Essays scrawled in the handwriting of school children. Posters advertising a summertime performance of the Jewish Symphony Orchestra.


Gazeta Wyborcza,  June 27 2006

The influential US daily Washington Post published on Sunday a review, by Nobel prize winner and Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, of a new book by Jan Gross, the author of Neighbors. The subject of the book, titled Fear, is the persecution of Jews in post-war Poland in the years 1945-1946.


Adam Gorlick,

July 6, 2006
The Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. - Some of the images seem almost mundane. A photograph of hunched women picking cabbage. Essays scrawled in the handwriting of school children. Posters advertising a summertime performance of the Jewish Symphony Orchestra.


Poland's Bigoted Government

New York Times, 11 June 2006

Some formerly Communist countries that eagerly joined the European Union are balking at the social policies that come with democracy. They are led by the union's largest new member, Poland, which is now run by a right-wing nationalist government that seems intent on violating the rights of minority groups, beginning with an attack on gays.


By Phil McArdle, Special to the Planet

Berkeley, 26 June 2006

On the day in 1980 when Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) received the Nobel Prize for literature most people in Berkeley had never heard of him. When we went to the bookstores looking for his work, we were disappointed. What little there was sold out before noon. But when the stores restocked and newly published books by him became available, we discovered he was a prolific writer. And one of extraordinary stature.


Greer Fay Cashman

Jerusalem Post , Online
June 26 2006

The Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture has become so important that it is listed on Poland's national calendar of events and is even used as a marketing tool for tourism.


       Mila Sandberg-Mesner

Published by
the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation in Montreal with the financial help of the Polish Socio-Cultural Foundation in Montreal

Light From The Shadows
Copyright: Mila Sandberg-Mesner 2005

Cover etching "Hands" by Beata Wehr


Mila Sandberg-Mesner, LIGHT FROM THE SHADOWS, 2005


The Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada
Toronto and Montreal

April 10, 2006

I am writing on behalf of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada (Toronto and Montreal) in response to the remarks made by Maram Stern, deputy secretary of the World Jewish Congress.  The PJHF, of which I am a founder and past Chair, is dedicated to exploring the history and culture of Polish Jewry.  It examines Polish-Jewish relations in an open and honest fashion.


International ignorance about Auschwitz

The Polish Outlook

European News Review
April 10, 2006

Knowing that there is a widespread misconception about the origin of and operation of the Nazi German Auschwitz Birkenau death camps, the Polish government is taking steps to change the name of the camps to emphasize that the camps were Nazi German facilities. This proposal to change the name has met with resistance from some quarters. At the same time it has stirred a sudden debate in Poland that has raised the ire of both the Jewish people who were prisoners at the camp, Polish veterans groups and the families of Polish people who were also prisoners at the camps.


Copyright 2006 PAP Polish Press Agency PAP News Wire

April 13, 2006 Thursday

WJC removes controversial Auschwitz statement

Bielsko-Biala, April 13, 2006

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has removed from its website a controversial commentary criticizing Poland's plea to rename the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz.


The Bravest Man Who Ever Died
by Chris Kulczycki

Daily Kos
Wed Dec 14, 2005

Last week I wrote about Jan Karski, who tried to warn the world of the Holocaust. This article is about a man who showed that courage and dedication have no limits, a man who purposely had himself arrested and imprisoned in Auschwitz to help those already there and also to warn the world of the Holocaust. His name was Witold Pilecki and he has been called the bravest man in World War II.



23 and 24 March, 2006

The Presentation of the Irena Sendler Award "For repairing the world"


MHPJ Newsletter No. 6
North American Council



Listen -

Each year a March for the Living, is held to commemorate Jews who had to walk from the Jewish Ghetto of Cracow to the Plaszow Nazi concentration camp. This is just one of many such marches that take place every year in Poland.



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Join Radio Polonia's Gabriel Stille for a trip to Kazimierz - the old Jewish district of Krakow, boasting a rich heritage as well as vibrant nightlife


By Doug Kreutz
Arizona Daily Star

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.25.2006

You never know where love will grow. The Holocaust, for example. In that nightmare era of Nazi persecution of Jews more than 60 years ago, love somehow endured - and sometimes even blossomed in the aftermath.  An upcoming exhibit at the Jewish Community Center celebrates couples who forged lasting relationships amid a scourge of evil.


From the Web editor
Tecia Werbowski's literary activities

March 15, 2005

Tecia Werbowski is coming out with a new miniature novel, or novella entitled "Loveless duet", originally called Not a love story. It will be published and launched in September 2006.


Share their Troubles


JTA  -  Canadian Jewish News

March 1, 2006

PRAGUE - Hans Vuijsje, general director of the Jewish Social Work Foundation in the Netherlands, is worried about the nursing home he runs.


ZENIT News Agency

The World Seen From Rome
Date: 2006-02-28

ROME, FEB. 28, 2006 Benedict XVI's visit to Poland this May could serve to make clear his interest in reviving Europe's Christian heritage, says a bishop.


March 4, 2006


Spokesman of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Poland

Information for the media

A ceremony of bestowing the Irena Sendlerowa Award, named after the heroic member of an underground organization "Zegota", to Polish and US teachers. March 24th 2006, 1 p.m., Pałacyk MSZ, 6 Foksal street, Warsaw


By Cal Thomas

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Jews run Hollywood, some say. If they do, one might expect them to produce films that better reflect their heritage and values, rather than serve as apologists for those who wish to exterminate the Jewish people.


European Jewish Press
March 4, 2006

Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka is the minister in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczynski responsible for Polish-Jewish relations. The 52-year-old is a graduate of law and former journalist and editor-in-chief of the Dziennik Polski daily in Detroit.


A beloved Soviet writer's path to dissent


The New Yorker
Issue of 2006-03-06

In the terrible winter of 1938, just before the last of the Moscow show trials, the Soviet secret police arrested a woman named Olga Guber for having failed to denounce her anti-Soviet husband. It was an error. The husband she was to have denounced-the poet Boris Guber, arrested a year earlier-was no longer her husband. The novelist Vasily Grossman was her husband. Desperate, Grossman sent a carefully composed letter to Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the N.K.V.D. He wrote that Olga had severed all ties with Guber long before.



24th of JANUARY 2006

Tomorrow, instead of Friday, starts a celebration of the International Day of Commemoration to Honor Holocaust Victims. The Day is celebrated for the first time this year. It was established by the UN last year. The extermination of the Jews during the World War will be reminded in a few places around the world at the same time, in London, Copenhagen and Prague. In Poland the ceremony is planned for Warsaw.


Report by Michal Kubicki

From the external service of Polish Radio
February 15, 2006


During a recent visit to the United States, Polish president Lech Kaczynski met with representatives of the American Jewish Committee. Since the fall of  communism in Poland in 1989, Polish authorities have made efforts towards improving ties with Jewish communities in Israel and the rest of the world.


Reuters, Poland
February 17, 2006

Poland's Foreign Minister Stefan Meller on Friday ruled out allowing any Iranian researchers to examine the scale of the Holocaust committed by the German Nazis on Polish soil during World War Two.


Michal Kubicki reports

Radio Polonia

February 12, 2006

At a meeting in Warsaw this week, historians from Poland and several other European countries have recommended two more items in Poland to be included on the United Nation's Memory of the World list.


The Associated Press
Friday, February 17, 2006

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- In the eyes of Jewish law, 76-year-old Herman Rosenblat has finally become a man.



Europe | 27.01.2006

The world will remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust on January 27
January 27, 1945: The Red Army liberates Auschwitz and exposes Nazi brutality to the world. The same day in 2006 will be the first international Holocaust Day. It comes at a time of heightened anti-Semitism.



http://www.ejpress.org/article/5463 [Photo at website]

An empty tramcar bearing the Star of David instead of a number rolled silently through the streets of the Polish capital Thursday to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust


Holocaust Children's Objects: Ordinary but Powerful

By Edward Rothstein

Exhibition Review | 'Life in Shadows'

New York Times, 24 January 2006


Their mundane appearance is loaded with implication; their stains and signs of wear haunt the mind if not the eye. The very fact that they look as if they were plucked from a rummage heap contributes to their power


Jewish museum in Poland set to open in 2008
Staff Reporter
Canadian Jewish News

Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka

In the first project of its kind in Poland, a museum of Polish Jewry
will be built in Warsaw, on the site of the Nazi wartime ghetto.


New York Review of Books
February 9, 2006

Peoples can be luckier than people. People are only young once. They seize their chances or miss them; then they grow old and die. Despite the anthropomorphic similes beloved of romantic nationalists-"young Italy," "young Germany"-peoples "live," in some important sense, for centuries, even millennia, sustained by real or imagined continuities of political geography and collective experience. They can be "sick" or "old" for hundreds of years, but then become renewed and youthful


Received from Lucyna Artymiuk
January 28, 2005


As I boarded my flight from Warsaw to Washington, DC, I tried to distill my many experiences, thoughts and emotions acquired during a whirlwind 8-day trip through Poland.  Of the painful trips to the death camps, the meetings with the nascent Jewish communities of Warsaw and Krakow, the tours of the few reminders of what had been 700 years of Jewish life in Poland, the sorrowful yet uplifting stories of survivors having been reunited years after separation, and the saga of the righteous gentile who risked all to save an unknown Jewish child, these are the memories of my eight-day stay that permeated my thinking:


November 3, 2005


By Michael Freund

Jewish World Review
Nov. 17, 2005 /15 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

KRAKOW - This past Sabbath, Benjamin Klein had every reason to let the tears flow freely.

The scene was this city's famed Rema synagogue, where the great 16th century scholar Rabbi Moses Isserles once presided. The small sanctuary was filled to capacity, as the melodies of Friday evening hymns and supplications filled the room.


Radio Polonia
December 2005

The modest house in the southern Polish town of Wadowice, where the Late Pope John Paul II was born has been put up for sale for one million US dollars. The house holds many artifacts and family heirlooms of Karol Wojtyla and his family. The Polish Roman Catholic church as well as the Polish Jewish community are interested in buying the property.



An 85-year-old man accused of having been a guard at a Nazi death camp is to be deported from the US to his native Ukraine, an immigration judge has said


More celebration stories

Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 12/22/05

My wife, Suzanne, and I have been married for 16 years. I am Jewish and Suzanne is Irish Catholic.

While we are raising our two children . Rachel, 15, and Christopher, 13 . Catholic, we have made a conscious effort to expose our children to both religions. At the holiday time, our home has all the Christmas decorations that you would expect to see including a live tree, Spode dinnerware and lots of wreaths, garland and poinsettias. We also proudly display a menorah.


A report from Robert Kusek
Radio Polonia's correspondent in Krakow

Radio Polonia,  December 27, 2005

We go to the southern city of Krakow now where the Israeli Ambassador to Poland has opened the Square named after the Heroes of the city's Jewish Ghetto - a monument commemorating the extermination of the southern city of Krakow the Israeli Ambassador to Poland has opened the Square named after the Heroes of the Jewish Ghetto - a monument commemorating the extermination of the city's Jewish population during World War Two.