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Rivlin: Poland ‘Breeding Ground for Soul of Jewish Nation, Grounds to Largest Jewish Cemetery’

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

At an emotional ceremony in Warsaw, Poland today (Tuesday, Oct. 28), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin inaugurated the Museum of the History of Polish Jews together with his counterpart, Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski.

It was at Komorowski’s invitation that Rivlin participated in the opening of the museum, which spans the history of the Jews of Poland throughout one thousand years of the community’s life in the country.

The president also laid a wreath in memory of the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on the street at the entrance to the museum.

“I do not stand here today as an individual, but rather as the representative of an entire nation,” Rivlin said in his speech, “a nation whose collective journey delves deep into the foundations of Jewish and human existence and into the depths of evil.

“As a Jew, even if you were not born in Poland, the very name, Poland, gives rise to a shuddering in your body and a longing in your heart. This country was breeding ground for the soul of the Jewish nation, and unfortunately, also grounds to the largest Jewish cemetery.

“Here the Jewish town, the shtetl, was born and here it died, converged unto itself in ghettos until it was ultimately murdered by the Nazis.

“Jews fought here as soldiers carrying weapons in the King’s army, decorated heroes of the Polish Army; and here too they marched to their deaths wearing yellow Stars of David, raising the banner of revolt of the Warsaw Ghetto… We can never think of Poland with equanimity. “Even if the Jews were disconnected from Poland it is difficult to impossible to disconnect Poland from the Jews. A history so rich, so full and so painful cannot be erased.

“Jewish history did not begin in Warsaw, and doesn’t end at Auschwitz. Auschwitz is its horrible pit, a horror of humanity, but the Jewish journey does not start there, just as it does not end there.

“The Jewish journey begins in the Land of Israel and it is there that we always strive to return to, against all odds and restrictions.

“There are those who mistakenly think that the State of Israel is compensation for the Holocaust. There is no greater mistake. The State of Israel is not a compensation for the Holocaust. The State of Israel was established in its own right.

“We forever remain aware of the danger,” he added. We build our future with eyes wide open and alert. We do not belittle threats. The Holocaust continues to serve as a warning sign against non-banal evil. Nevertheless, the horrors of the past and the threats of the present will not dictate our lives nor shape the lives of our children, and won’t dim the hope for a creative and prosperous future.

In my country, we have a bright red floor called ‘blood of the Maccabees.’ Legend has it that wherever a freedom fighter for Israel fell, a flower grew, red as his blood. Even in the world of Nazi evil, flowers continued to bloom. Among the ruins and rubble through the evil of hatred, betrayal and destruction, flowers bloomed.

These flowers are the Righteous Among the Nations, human freedom fighters who wrote a chapter on human dignity in the shared history of the nations. In Poland, they say, many such flowers bloomed.

“I cannot conclude without thanking all those who didn’t stand aloof, who saved lives that are worlds unto their own,” the president added, praising the Righteous Among the Nations, gentiles who saved Jews from the Nazi murderers.

“Thank you for your courage. You have a large warm family in Israel: grandparents, parents, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who owe you their lives.”

President Rivlin to Inaugurate Jewish Museum of Warsaw

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin is set to inaugurate the Jewish Museum of Warsaw next month during his first state visit to Poland.

Rivlin was invited by his counter part, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, with whom he will meet together with other senior state officials.

Rivlin is also scheduled to address Poland’s governing parliament during his visit, in Hebrew.

Israeli high school students travel to Poland every other year to participate in the “March of the Living.” The pilgrimage honors the fallen Jews who were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Polish Righteous Gentile Donates Memorabilia to Jewish Museum

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A Polish historian and statesman who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and recognized as a Righteous Gentile for saving Jews in World War II has donated a collection of his memorabilia to a museum in Poland.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 91 and a  former member  of the underground “Żegota” Polish Council to Aid Jews during the Holocaust, presented his donations to the new Museum of the History of Polish Jewish in Warsaw at a ceremony on Wednesday.

He also has twice served as Poland’s foreign minister and has held other senior positions and received many international honors.

The museum said the memorabilia include his Righteous among Nations medal, which he received in 1966; a certificate of his planting of a tree in honor of “Żegota” at Yad Vashem; his honorary citizenship of the State of Israel; the Elie Wiesel Award, which he received this year from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington; an original ring made in the Litzmannstadt (Lodz) Ghetto; as well as various books and historical documents from the period of World War II.

“One never knows what will and what will not pay off in life, but one always knows what is worth doing,” he said during the ceremony, recalling his experience in “Żegota.”

Holocaust Researcher Yisrael Gutman Dies at 90 in Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Warsaw Ghetto survivor and researcher Israel Gutman has died in Jerusalem at the age of 90. He was born in Warsaw, where he was wounded in the Jewish uprising against the Nazis in 1943. He is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

Gutman survived three concentration and death camps, including Auschwitz, but his parents and all of his brothers and sisters died or were killed in the Ghetto. He survived the January 1945 death march from Auschwitz to Mauthausen, where he was liberated by U.S. forces.

Gutman moved to Israel after the war and spent the rest of his life researching the Holocaust. He was the chief historian at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and was a professor of history at Hebrew University.

Holocaust Hideout in Warsaw Destroyed by Polish Couple

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

A Polish couple pleaded guilty to the desecration of a historic site for destroying a Holocaust-era Jewish hideout in the Warsaw apartment the couple was renting. The hideout was made into an official historic monument in 1999.

A Holocaust hideout built by a Warsaw ghetto inmate was destroyed by a polish couple who pleaded guilty to the desecration of historical property.

Dariusz P. and Elzbieta P. were indicted after their actions were discovered in 2012. They had removed the wardrobe hideout to make space for a kitchen. The original hiding place was built by Warsaw ghetto inmate Leon Jolson.

He and his wife, who survived the Holocaust, hid their family there from 1942 until September 1944, but his mother died while in hiding, the Associated Press reported.

Russia Giving Up to $1 Million to Auschwitz Conservation Fund

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Russia will contribute up to $1 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation for the conservation and maintenance of the site of the former Nazi concentration camp, the Polskie Radio website reported.

A statement issued by the Russian Embassy in Warsaw stated that support for the project is “a common moral duty as it serves the mission of preserving the memory of the huge number of victims of the Nazi camp and of other crimes against humanity.”

The four-year-old foundation is working to raise nearly $160 million for a perpetuity fund to continue to maintain the site. Twenty-four countries have contributed thus far. Germany has contributed $80 million, followed by the United States with $15 million. Poland, where the camp is located, has promised about $13 million, according to Polskie Radio.

Some 155 buildings on the site are in need of repair. The money is needed as well for conservation projects such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau archives, documents and objects in the museum collection.

Parts of Bulgarian Bus Bomb Smuggled from Poland

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Hezbollah terrorists smuggled from Poland the remote control and the detonating device used to set off the bomb that exploded on a Bulgarian tourists bus last summer and killed five Israelis, according to the Polish Trud daily newspaper.

Last week, Bulgaria named two native Lebanese as part of the cell that carried out the attack near the airport in Burgas, a resort city on the Black Sea.

Hassan El Hajj Hassan, who also holds Canadian citizenship, is suspected of detonating the bomb from the a remote control device,. Meliad Farah, who holds Australian citizenship, is suspecting of having put together the bomb in Bulgaria after receiving the parts that arrived on a train form Warsaw, according to Trud.

Hezbollah wired the terrorists $100,000 for their “success,” the newspaper added.

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry last week published pictures of the two wanted suspects, who it said registered at a  hotel and rented a car under fake names days before the bombing.

Bulgaria’s evidence that Hezbollah was behind the bombing helped pressure the European  Union to declare Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but the designation applies only to the military branch and to to the political arm, which gives orders to its terrorists.

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