Polish students clean up local Jewish cemetery in Zalewo Activists take care of site in north of country, which was home two some dozen Jewish families before World War II

WARSAW, Poland — Students of a school in northern Poland cleaned up the local Jewish cemetery and learned to read the Hebrew inscriptions on the gravestones.

The students in Zalewo were joined in the task by their teachers and a priest.

Before World War II, the town of Zalewo was located in Germany. A dozen or so Jewish families lived there. During the war the town was almost completely destroyed. A Jewish cemetery with some tombstones survived. Today, some 3,000 people live […]

2019-11-01T20:10:16+00:00November 1st, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

Sugihara House: Where a Japanese government official issued transit visas to Jews fleeing from Nazi-occupied Poland.

original link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sugihara-house

In an unassuming Art Deco house in Lithuania’s second-largest city, visitors can learn the extraordinary story of Chiune Sugihara, the only Japanese national to be included in the Righteous Among the Nations (the list of gentiles who risked their lives to help Jews during World War II compiled by Yad Vashem). Before the war, this building hosted the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, which was at that time the provisional capital of Lithuania. In […]

2019-10-02T21:11:04+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

A Message for the Jewish New Year from Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich

Welcome 5780!!

It is sometimes challenging for us to realize that we are living in the best time to be Jewish in the last 2000 years. 71 years ago we regained our land of Israel. 30 years ago, we Eastern European Jews regained its freedom. There are almost no Jews today who live in a country where it is forbidden or almost forbidden to practice Judaism. Simply put, the best time for Jews in 2,000 years.

So we have the best of […]

2019-09-27T21:40:05+00:00September 27th, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

The Holocaust is ‘part of our national memory,’ says Polish presiden

original link: https://www.jns.org/the-holocaust-is-part-of-our-national-memory-says-polish-president/

Speaking with “Israel Hayom” on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, Andrzej Duda calls it “the most tragic day in the history of the Polish nation.” Regarding reparations, he says the issue “concerns all those who lost property, irrespective of their nationality.”

2019-09-16T19:23:12+00:00September 16th, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|