Poland's Jews Step Into The Light...And Dream Of Their Own MuseumPeggy Simpson
Eight years ago, Bogna Pawlisz met a Polish Catholic who said flatly that Poles disliked Jews. Pawlisz had grown up an atheist and had never met a religious Jew, but the encounter so disturbed her that she decided to become one. Her grandmother was a Jewish communist, her father a secular Jew and Solidarity activist. Today, the 25-year-old Pawlisz studies Yiddish, works closely with Rabbi Michael Schudrich of New York, and plans to put her monthly newsletter Jidele (meaning "young Jew," once used as an epithet) on the Internet. She is irritated when the Western media paint Poland as a graveyard for Jews: "All Jews should remember about Auschwitz. But to show only Auschwitz is to say that Hitler wins."
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