Henryk Halkowski, z”l

To my dear friend and teacher, Henryk,

Do you remember when we met in front of the Old Synagogue when I came to Poland as a college student in 1991? Later, when I lived in Krakow  you welcomed me. You helped me. We shared many memories – we mourned together, celebrated together, laughed and danced together, we observed the changes to your beloved krakow together. We became good friends – and for my entire life I will cherish that friendship very much.

Remember when we started rocking the status quo – and  organized those Shabbat dinners in the TZKZ klub, Pesach, and Purim parties? Remember the first Jewish events at the Original Ariel?

Henryk – You were my teacher – about Poland, Jewish life, Krakow, and so much more.
I cannot imagine Krakow without you because you are an irreplaceable part of my connection to Jewish Poland.
I will never forget your generosity of spirit, wit, insight.
I will never forget the many memories.
Henryk – the world has a vacuum –
No one can replace you.
You left us too soon.

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Polish writer Henryk Halkowski dies

January 4, 2009

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – Polish writer Henryk Halkowski, one of Poland’s most notable contemporary Jewish personalities, died suddenly.

Friends said the cause of his death on Jan. 1, just days after celebrating his 57th birthday, was a heart attack


He wrote and translated several books and essays on Jewish culture, history and thought. An expert on the Jewish history and heritage of Krakow, Halkowski also was an acute observer of the transformation of Jewish life after the fall of communism.

With his thick glasses, gray beard and zest for conversation, Halkowski was a familiar figure in this city’s Jewish quarter, Kazimierz.

“Kazimierz will never be the same without him and all his craziness,” said Malgosia Ornat of the Austeria Jewish publishing house. “We will miss him a lot. He was so important for Jewish life in Krakow and a certain period of its revival is gone forever.”

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Senseless loss of civilian life after English raids on Germany in retaliation for V-1 attacks

bombed germanyThis piece below from the Huffington Post nicely frames the current conflict. NO amount of flexing of muscles by Jews is ever allowed.

This blog was filed on January 3rd 1944. There may have been a slight delay with the post appearing due to server problems…

Dateline: January 3rd 1944

Fury continues to mount worldwide about the senseless loss of civilian life in Germany caused by England’s callous bombing of German cities including Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden.

As of today many innocent German women and children have died in these utterly brutal bombing missions. And now there are ground offensives starting on mainland Europe.

The English have claimed that they are merely retaliating against the V-1 flying bombs being launched indiscriminately by Nazis at their civilian population in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Coventry and other cities.

It takes huge, uhm, chutzpah, to stand up to the the UN and its chorus of Arab and Muslim ambassadors shouting genocide at the new war. And while some might argue that this campaign wins Israel nothing but more sympathy for Hamas – others have reached a different conclusion. As did England in WWII.