July 2nd, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Poland rediscovering its Jewish past

Seventy years after Poland's large Jewish population was virtually wiped out in World War II, their culture is making a comeback.

Poles are today exploring their country's Jewish past and forging links that were unthinkable a generation ago.

Before the Nazi invasion in 1939, Poland had one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. Almost all were killed or fled and their culture was all but forgotten under Communist rule.

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Filed under: Holocaust • Judaism

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chet Dettlinger

    Ho hum. More arguments about the unknowable among the unknowing.

    July 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  2. Reality

    Jewish past? As per 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis, Abraham, Moses and Noah did not exist. And David was a minor politician!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
    • Jacob

      I have noticed that Reality writes a response similar to this statement after just about every article on CNN.com that mentions Jews. As a Conservative Jew myself, I have yet to figure out (a) what it means, since most Conservative Jews I know assume that Abraham, Isaac and my namesake Jacob were actual people in our history; (b) how it really makes any difference one way or the other whether they existed 4,000 years ago in the context of modern Jewish, Christian or Muslim belief and practice - since their story (true or not) still resonates powerfully; or (c) how the truthfulness of 4,000 year old history (or myth if you insist) in the Middle East impacts the truthfulness and tragedy of what happened to Poland's Jews in the Shoah.

      July 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  3. Mark

    as long as you don't think your belief is better than someone else's; It's only different.


    I am not more than you are.
    You are not more than I am.
    I am not less than you are.
    You are not less than I am.

    You and I, we are not better or worse than someone else.

    No matter what color, yellow green black white brown blue or whatever
    no matter what faith or belief you have
    no matter what country you are from
    man or woman
    whatever race
    we are all Equal,

    and we are all Unique;
    no person on earth is the same as someone else.

    Equalness & Uniqueness

    This message will spread over the earth like an echo, and if this message comes to you,
    pass it on. The echo won't stop.
    Everybody will be reached finally.

    Buildings will be built,
    where people can meet
    in the understanding of Equalness & Uniqueness,
    or to receive this thought.

    The message will travel from mouth to mouth
    from face to face,
    heart to heart.

    It's on its way already.

    When people start living and acting according this thought,
    it will help to bring Peace back on earth.

    "We are all Equal and Unique"

    You are Unique, I am Unique and We are Equal.

    July 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
    • Bob Freedman

      I admire these thoughts, and I certainly agree with them; however, as a reply to the video they are somewhat upsetting. The video does not imply that Jews think that they're better! This is an admirable attempt to remember the Jews and their civilization that were decimated. Jews were slaughtered with the assistance of Polish citizens. How does that show that they think that they're better. Very nice thoughts, but you should examine the true spirit behind them.

      July 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
    • josephine

      the amount of belief might be equal, but if the different beliefs are spread into false categories, and true categories, that certainly does matter.

      July 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  4. peace2all

    Good to know that as a country and culture, they are recognizing and analyzing and embracing their past and moving forward with a more love to all.......hopefully.....

    July 2, 2010 at 11:47 am |
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