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The Mystery of the Origins of Yiddish Will Never Be Solved

How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself

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Jewish-Themed Movies, Without Jews

Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’: period fantasies that shy away from real Jews

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An Online Universe Without the Holocaust

Illustrated series ‘Radzyn’ reimagines shtetl life in a mysterious Polish town

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Poland Expands Survivor Pension Eligibility

Victims of Nazi and Soviet persecution living outside Poland today also eligible

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Prince Charles Likens Putin to Hitler

Compares Russian leader’s annexation of Crimea to Nazi invasion of Poland

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Visitors to Auschwitz Are Stealing ‘Souvenirs’

Vandals are also scratching their names onto bunks at the concentration camp

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‘If You Could Lick My Heart It Would Poison You’

Is Pawel Pawlikowski’s new film ‘Ida’ the Polish answer to ‘Aftermath,’ or a story of Jewish suffering and sacrifice?

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Neither Anatevka Nor Auschwitz: One Man’s Revelatory Roots Trip to Poland

Jonathan Groubert discovers just how unreliable family histories can be when held up against archives and artifacts

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Warsaw Gets Its Chickpea Fix With Hummus Bar

Israeli couple opens city’s first hummus restaurant in former Jewish ghetto

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The Jewish Poet Who Slept in Hitler’s Bedroom

A 1988 family trip to Poland offered Jerome Rothenberg rich material for art

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Section of Warsaw Ghetto Wall Coming Down

Officials say the decaying wall near the Umschlagplatz will be restored

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Jewish Gravestones Found In Polish Basement

Local historian discovered the headstones in a house set to be torn down

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For Centuries, Jews Ruled Poland’s Liquor Trade. Why Was That Legacy Forgotten?

Purim reminds us it’s unusual for Jews to indulge in recreational boozing—one reason Polish nobles liked having them run taverns

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Jewish Gravestones Destroyed in Poland

Just months after Myslowice residents restored the town’s Jewish cemetery

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Popular Images of Jews in Krakow: Folk Art or Stereotypical Caricatures?

Exhibit challenged locals and visitors alike to rethink controversial figurines

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Bergen-Belsen Diary, 1945

The great Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb records the first days after her liberation, in a stunning document of survival

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Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews Appoints Director

Polish historian and author Dariusz Stola to begin post in March

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Jewish Man Saved by Oskar Schindler Dies at 89

Abraham Zuckerman was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List

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Krakow’s Main Square Ranked #1 in World

Lonely Planet names Rynek Głowny most beautiful square

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Jewish Self-Government in Europe Was Not Just a Dream—It Was a Failure

The Council of Four Lands was the central body of Jewish autonomy in Poland for nearly two centuries. What went wrong?

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Jews and Booze in the Kingdom of Poland

The Friday Review of Books

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Jan Kott Would Have Loved ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Yiddish. No, He Didn’t Speak Yiddish.

I was reminded of the Polish critic and Shakespeare scholar at the New Yiddish Rep’s production of Beckett’s masterpiece

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Femmes Fatales: How German Women Used Femininity for Evil During World War II

As nurses, spouses, or secretaries, German women in the east were helpmeets. A new book examines their roles in the Holocaust.

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Don’t Worry, The Knish Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why a recent fire at a major knish factory isn’t the end of the fried potato pie

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Warsaw’s Stylish Side Caught on Camera

Residents of the Polish capital show off their fashion-forward sensibility

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On the Making of ‘Aftermath,’ the Controversial Polish Film Now Opening in the U.S.

What drove a veteran producer to champion—against all odds—a thriller on Polish-Jewish relations

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A History of the Grandparents I Never Had

A newly translated excerpt unearths the lives—from the shtetl to Auschwitz—of ancestors who died before the author was born

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The Pope’s Rabbi; A Tabernacle For Manhattan

Plus the six states 65 percent of U.S. Jews live in, and more in the news

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An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades After the Holocaust

My husband’s grandmother’s family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew.

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Poland’s Chief Rabbi May Resign Over Kosher Slaughter Ban

What the controversial ban means for Poland’s Jewish community

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