Tag: Poland

Podgórze

One of the more popular features of the Nazi “resettlement” policy was the way it opened up housing stocks for Aryans who otherwise couldn’t afford to buy homes. My own Jewish step-mother returned to Vienna after the war to find the house she grew up in occupied by a former neighbor with a […]

Oświęcim

Many, including Steven Spielberg, the director of Schindler’s List, have debated whether to portray this place in color or black and white, the thought being that color might somehow make it more palatable. We have no real opinion on that, except to say that no movie or documentary […]

Gliwice

The lunacy all started here. On the night of 31 August, 1939, when Gliwice was still the German town of Gliewitz, a Nazi thug named Alfred Naujocks murdered and scattered an assortment of concentration camp inmates around this radio tower, all dressed in stolen Polish Army uniforms, their […]

Kazimierz

We’re all happy again in Kazimierz, the ancient Jewish neighborhood of Kraków. After the German invasion in 1939, the Nazis forced the Jews out of here and across the river into the hideous ghetto and killing ground most people associate with wartime Kraków. This once wealthy neighborhood fell […]