Lost For Words: When the Jew in me argues with the Pole

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

Stasio

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

Young Aliyah: 10 reasons why it’s not all Guns and Roses

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

Ha’aretz: the Israeli feeling of pride is a spreading fascist virus

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

Another exhumation of Jews murdered in Jedwabne?

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?

Holocaust Remembrance: We are losing the battle with ignorance

Probably “f*ck you mothef*cker” isn’t the choice of words one would expect to hear on Yom HaShoa in the middle of Jerusalem. As the businesses closed early yesterday in order to allow Israelis to participate in the Day of Holocaust Remembrance, the city was unusually quiet as for a regular Wednesday evening. I sat alone … More Holocaust Remembrance: We are losing the battle with ignorance

Israeli Apartheid? Two sides to maternity wards

Controversial news have been buzzing recently about the not-so-newest, but certainly on-the-news revelations that according to the recent survey at least 40% of Jewish Israeli women opt to be in a Jewish-only delivery ward. The survey was conducted following the uneasy feeling that was left by the comment of the Israeli MP Betzalel Smotrich, who … More Israeli Apartheid? Two sides to maternity wards