Writer Finds Only ‘jews in Search of Their Past’ in Polish Provinces

The Polish Yiddish weekly “Folkstimme” reports in its current issue that the Polish countryside and provincial towns are virtually devoid of Jewish community life today although individual Jews can be found and occasionally “a few lost souls wandering in the ruins of their old homes–Jews in search of their past.”

“Folkstimme” is published by the Jewish Cultural and Social Association in Warsaw. Last year. It was reduced from daily to weekly status. The writer of the article said “Jewish cultural and social life is no longer as rich and pulsating as it used to be. But even today one can still come across Jews who are workers, teachers, shop assistants and craftsmen. You may even meet a Jewish manager here and there, if you look long enough.” The writer said that travelling through Galicia where he was born he couldn’t find a single Jew in such former Jewish towns as Lesko and Sanok.

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