All strands of Jewish life came together to survive in Warsaw, from Hasidim to converts and everything in between.
One of the exhibit objects – a simple pair of scissors from that period – show us exactly what a typical tool used by Jews looked like.
Yad Vashem chairman: “This is the loss of a special figure, because ‘Kazik’ was a real warrior in the full sense of the word.”
A Polish university will award an honorary doctorate to philanthropist Tad Taube, and thereby reinvigorate the Polish-Jewish relationship.
On a warm and cloudless spring day, Warsaw residents and Jews from abroad today remembered the ghetto uprising that began on this day in 1943. One in three or four people you passed on the streets in the center of the city seemed to be wearing the yellow paper daffodils being handed out by young women and girls at metro stations and bus stops, daffodils marked with the words “Warsaw ghetto uprising” and the date it began. A siren sounded all over the city at noon, and when it ended an impressive official ceremony began in front of the iconic statue of the ghetto fighters by Nathan Rapoport erected in 1948. The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, spoke, as did the Israeli ambassador, Anna Azari, and Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress. An unofficial ceremony two hours later at Mila 18, the site of the bunker in which some of the leaders of the uprising had been cornered and killed by Nazi troops, a ceremony organized by Jewish visitors from the US and Canada provided a sharp counterpoint to the claims heard in President Duda’s speech.
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“We should remember that gestures, while extremely important, do not replace grand action,” Boteach said.