I think the most reasonable thing to do given the current international climate between Israel and Poland, is perhaps not to prematurely judge, but ask some serious questions. Yesterday I have received messages and phone calls asking for explanation about what exactly is happening in Poland. I am not a politician and I am not an international expert. What I offer is comprehensive understanding of the text, insight into the Polish media, understanding of the Polish and Israeli mentality and a few straightforward questions, which I hope the Polish Government will be ready to answer as part of the international dialogue, before they conclude that the Israeli side is “clearly over-reacting”. … More Who Owns the Holocaust?: On the Israeli-Polish Dispute over the “(Non)-Polish Death Camps”
I kept asking myself about what draws Poles to Israel. I do not mean, of course, pilgrimages to the Holy Land, but rather young people choosing to take time off their lives and move to Israel for a specific time period in order to immerse themselves in culture and meet the community. With 66 thousand … More Experiencing Israel: Non-Jewish Poles in the Holy Land
And here I am, yet again, with my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, sick in my stomach and a hand over my mouth, reading about a neighbour-to-neighbour slaughter of every Jew (men, women, children) at the hands of not just the Nazis (I’m sorry, all of my history teachers, you have been white-washing the history while indoctrinating us with false patriotism, talking about the Polish pride, golden freedom and your righteous code), but their own neighbours, who took kitchen knives in their hands, entered the houses of their Jewish neighbours and within less than a week slaughtered every single one of them. Five thousand Jews were slaughtered in that pogrom. In that small, tiny village that means absolutely nothing on the map, the representatives of three different nations (German, Polish and Ukrainian) managed to find determination and unfailing strength in their arms to lift their guns and knives at people who were defenseless. Love your neighbour like yourself, the commandment that is central to Christianity, just at it is central to Judaism, didn’t apply here. Chas v’shalom.
I know where to look for the said family now – in Yad vaShem.
I am at war with myself most of the time. On one hand, I grew up in Poland. I had friends there. My family still lives there. My brother studies at the university near the town I am reading about at this very moment and he has friends too. Sometimes I call my Mum to say: “Hey Mum, I’m now in X”. She answers usually: “Oh, that’s next to us”, but she never asks for details. … More Lost For Words: When the Jew in me argues with the Pole
Sanatorium Dzwonkówka Połoniny St. Szczawnica Pieniny Date: 21st of May 1946 PATIENT HISTORY On 17th of May 1946, Stanisław Rożek was admitted to our sanatorium at the request of his mother, Eva Weiss. The patient presented with a classic case of post-traumatic stress disorder combined with psychotic episodes and a suspicion of schizophrenia. The initial … More Stasio
Dear Readers, March is almost over, which means one thing – spring is coming! The month of April is around the corner providing us with countless opportunities to de-hibernate and get involved in all the activities that we planned to get do when we sat in our homes, tucked in and over a mug of a hot beverage. Remember … More Newsletter: March 2017
Rypnik, 18th October 1937 My dearest Leib, I am very sorry that you had to wait so long for my reply. As you know, sending letters from Poland is quite impossible at this moment and so I had to wait for Helena to travel to Paris to visit her in-laws, thus forwarding my letter to the … More From Poland with Love: The Case of Leib
Jewish? You came on Birthright. You experienced the beauty of this vibrant country, perhaps even fallen in love; scoring the majority of points on your bucket list including Masada, the Dead Sea, the Kotel, the Tel Aviv beach, amazing food and/or an Israeli soldier (whatever rocks your boat, I’m not judging) and now you’re on your … More Young Aliyah: 10 reasons why it’s not all Guns and Roses
The Israelis fans were ecstatic when Yarden Garbi and Or Sasson won two bronze medals in the judo competition in Rio earlier this month. The years of training in preparation for the big day have paid off and, despite the unpleasant atmosphere that they were greeted with, they managed to succeed with the eyes of the world upon … More Ha’aretz: the Israeli feeling of pride is a spreading fascist virus
Following the most recent denial campaign conducted by the Polish Ministry of Education Anna Zalewska the plot seems to be thickening dramatically growing out of proportions and resulting in simply idiotic attempts to whitewash history from the national guilt. Dr Ewa Kurek from Lublin initiated a national appeal to gather signatures in order to resume … More Another exhumation of Jews murdered in Jedwabne?
Well, that’s an interesting turn of the events. I have always considered myself Polish. Born and bred. Full stop. You can ask absolutely anyone that has even come in contact with me outside the borders of the Republic of Poland. It’s actually interesting why it’s called a republic even though it’s a democracy (just a … More You’re too Israeli to be Polish