Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Polish Jews: Washington Post Columnist Richard Cohen

Washington Post op-ed columnist Richard Cohen is a descendant of Polish Jews. His mother was originally from Poland. A few days ago he wrote a piece about the comment of Helen Thomas that Israelis should "get the Hell out of Palestine" and go home -- to Germany and Poland. Cohen wrote: "In the Polish city of Kielce, on July 4, 1946 -- more than a year after the end of the war -- rumors of a Jewish ritual murder triggered a pogrom in which 42 Jewish Holocaust survivors were killed. The Kielce murders were not, by any means, the sole example of why Jews could not "go home [following World War II]." When I visited the Polish city where my mother had been born, Ostroleka, I was told of a Jew who survived Auschwitz only to be murdered when he tried to reclaim his business. In much of Eastern Europe, Jews feared for their lives."

For more on my associations to Polish Jews and the Holocaust, read the following:

And, another Polish Jew, the pianist Arthur Rubinstein:


Gary Freedman said...

Ethel Blum, Eddie Lischin's maternal grandmother, was a Polish-born Jew.

It was Ethel Blum who started the Blum Delicatessen in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Bugaj-Portfolio said...