A yearlong first encounter with the great Yiddish author who gave me my middle name
Plus John Kerry to replace Clinton at State Department
The Polish long-form master and Kapuscinski heir talks about children in war and the fate of journalism
A new collection of Jerzy Kosinski’s interviews and speeches reveals an Everyman who worked on his own terms
The museum’s striking exhibit revives the work of Polish sculptor and Holocaust survivor Alina Szapocznikow
Their parents and grandparents hid their Jewishness, but now some Poles are converting back to Judaism
An excerpt from a dramatic new account of the young Jews behind the Warsaw Ghetto Underground
The untold story of the great epic poem of the Holocaust—and the generous, tragic hero who wrote it
A farming town hid a Jewish-born teacher during the Holocaust. I went to dig up what it had buried.
The Yale historian explains his masterwork and its transnational narrative of the Holocaust
From Hungary to Warsaw to Germany
With a reference to ‘Polish death camps,’ Barack Obama stumbled into a debate about World War II
After World War II, Polish peasants hunted for jewels and gold amid the human remains at former Nazi death camps
In stories written in Poland and the U.S., the modernist master Isaac Bashevis Singer mined folk tales to convey the 20th century’s essential cruelty
Polish has no word for a leisurely, late-morning meal, but brunch is catching on in Krakow, with french toast, stiff drinks, and schmoozing
Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet is a document of the cravings of 1960s America, and an attempt to bring the Holocaust to bear on America
A response to Agnieszka Holland’s Academy Award-nominated film
Activists want building declared a landmark
Diagnosed with cancer, my father decided to have his tongue removed. It’s an extreme treatment, but he’s always known how to make things work out.
Agnieszka Holland’s new Holocaust film, In Darkness, is a quietly moving take on a subject that should be inexhaustible—but isn’t
Visiting Poland—the country where my mother was born—upended the black-and-white fantasy I had created in my mind
Plus, Poland reopens Auschwitz probe, Oprah goes to the mikvah, and more
The ‘Times’ goes to Krakow
None of Poland’s spectacular wooden synagogues survived the war. Now a team of experts and novices is bringing one of them back to life.
The Holocaust museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau is charged with preserving the memory of a horrific past. Conservators struggle with the right way to maintain artifacts that never should have existed.
More than a million people visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland each year, where they’re led by specially trained tour guides charged with telling—and retelling—a story of unimaginable horror
But it’s so heavy!
After World War II, many Polish Jews abandoned their faith. Now their children are rediscovering the religion and culture that was hidden from them.
Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands contextualizes the story of Eastern European Jewry’s sad fate without relativizing it