From the monthly archives: May 2013

We’re in Krakow at an Italian restaurant eating rabbit, fully aware of the irony that my last name means rabbit in Polish, and we’re listening to Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag through the ceiling speakers, which is incongruous enough considering that the Basilica of the Holy Virgin Mary, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals […]

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Who knew Nicolaus Copernicus was a bit of a player? Well, that’s the rumor here in Gdansk at least. In fact, we stayed at the very house where some of his salacious behavior was supposed to have taken place…the Gotyk House, which is the oldest house in Gdansk, 1451, and now an award-winning B&B. Rumor […]

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Brothers In Arms

May 12, 2013 by

Nettie and I have come to Cmentaz Zydowski (the Jewish Cemetery on the outskirts of Warsaw) in hopes of finding any of Annette’s distant family grave sites. This cemetery is the only active Jewish cemetery in all of Warsaw, which is an everlasting indictment of the decimation of Polish Jewry at the hands of the […]

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The Plane To Warsaw

May 5, 2013 by

Who are all these people getting on the plane at the Bordeaux Airport and heading for Poland? What will they do there? Are they all Polish? Is my father among them? No, of course not, not him dead now more than forty years. No, not him, but people of his blood, and therefore of my […]

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