Posts Tagged ‘Warsaw’


An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades After The Holocaust

editor 28 April 2017

By Jennifer Medelsohn.. My husband’s grandmother’s family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew. I hardly thought it was a life-changing question. We were driving home from a family gathering one evening this past May with my husband’s 95-year-old grandmother, Frieda, a Holocaust survivor from a small town outside Warsaw. I told her I’d been spending a lot of time on genealogy websites, immersed in tracing the trajectories of my immigrant relatives, most of whom—lured by the promise of America—had left Eastern Europe long before World War II. [Photo top right: Bessie and Rachel. (Courtesy of the author)] (more…)


Saved From Holocaust: ‘He Loved Me and He Wanted to Keep Me’

editor 16 February 2017

By Korey Kilgannon.. On Valentine’s Day, couples often reminisce about that moment they knew they would stay together, whether during a vacation, over a fancy dinner or, perhaps, while meeting their future in-laws. For Isaac and Rosa Blum, who became teenage sweethearts 75 years ago in a ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, that moment came as they and thousands of other terrified Jews were being herded to a death camp by Nazi soldiers. (more…)


Warsaw Bill to Criminalize Implication of Polish Collusion With Nazis Paints ‘One-Sided Picture,’ Says Antisemitism Scholar

editor 29 February 2016

By Ruthie Blum.. “The attitude of Poles toward the Jews before, during and after World War II is a complex issue,” a renowned antisemitism scholar told The Algemeiner on Wednesday(February 10, 2016), amid reports that Poland is set to criminalize any implication of its cooperation with the Nazis.  (more…)


Restoration of Wartime Diary Reveals Life in the Warsaw Ghetto

editor 15 February 2016

By Yad Vashem.. Alfred Zielony was born in 1897 in Warsaw, the youngest child in a Jewish family. His father and one of his brothers died before WWII, and another brother, Bernard, immigrated to Israel in 1921. The rest of the family remained in Warsaw, and were duly incarcerated by the Nazis in the ghetto. (more…)


50 Christian saviors of Jews honored in Warsaw

editor 16 July 2015

By WJC.. Jewish officials honored nearly 50 elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during World War II, praising them as heroes during an event in Warsaw on Sunday (July 12, 2015) which was organizedto express gratitude to the Righteous Gentiles. The oldest rescuer was 100 and others were in their 80s and 90s. They gathered for a luncheon at a hotel in downtown Warsaw where Poland’s chief rabbi, an Israeli diplomat and a representative of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous paid tribute to them. (more…)


Polish walkway named for savior of Jews

editor 31 May 2013

By YNet Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from Holocaust, honored by president of Poland with walkway in former Warsaw Ghetto. Polish officials have honored Irena Sendler, a Polish woman credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, by naming a walkway in a symbolically important spot after her. Sendler was a social worker who smuggled Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. (more…)


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