The Jews of Uchanie, my father’s shtetl in Lublin province, used to say about the Jews of Wojslawice just down the road, that they were meshumodim. Turncoats. What worse epithet could you hurl at a fellow Jew?
I borrowed the book from my parents, stashed it into my laptop case and begrudgingly cracked it open over Greenland. I couldn’t put it down.
Lublin’s Grodzka Gate Centre is striving to preserve the history of Lublin’s Jews and educate contemporary visitors about their fates.
Barbara Finkelstein’s father survived the deportation of Jews from Poland’s Uchanie. She met his old neighbor and found a sympathetic connection.