Shavei Israel | Hidden Jews of Poland: Personal Stories

Hidden Jews of Poland: Personal Stories

[caption id="attachment_29388" align="alignleft" width="169"] Eliza with friends in Krakow[/caption] Ever since I was a child I knew I was Jewish; I also knew I could never reveal my Jewish identity. It’s hard to believe that in the 21st century a Jew still has to hide their Jewishness,...

It has been nearly two years since Batya Wieczorek made aliyah, but regardless of whom she meets, her interlocutor’s initial reaction upon learning that she is from Poland inevitably follows a similar pattern. It starts off with a healthy dose of surprise, peppered by disbelief,...

Agnieszka Z was on her way to Israel for the first time. That's because only two years ago, when she was 19, her grandmother invited her to her home for a chat and said the words she heard would change her life forever: “My child,...

Slowly and somewhat hesitantly, Karol began to recite the blessing before the reading of the Torah. With his parents and siblings looking on in evident pride, and the congregation enveloping him in warmth and joy, Karol underwent this sublime rite of passage into manhood, just...