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.”

5 replies
  1. messenger4life
    messenger4life says:

    Prepare the Kingdom of God is at hand. Put on the full armor of God
    Message: To show faith you follow the instructions which are Ordinances.
    1. Offer the sacrifice of repented, IHS which is repent= Name your sins to God Almighty privately in prayer in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ them IHS.
    IHS= Immerse(baptism in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost)
    Hallow= Holy
    Sanctification= free from sin
    2. While in prayer ask God for understandin so that you can Sow Seed which is Sow=to read, Seed= the Word of God Almighty
    3. Keep the Commandments and Statues they are the way of living for the righteous. Remember the Ordinances of God Almighty come and they must be done in order to prove that you have true faith. Always know that God says nothing unrighteous. He never mislead His people. If instructions you receive are contrary to His way of living remember never to do them because they are not His.
    A word of knowledge: The Name of God Almighty is Yahweh in Hebrew.
    Sin brings death
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    darkness means sin(unrepented, IHS)

  2. Andrew "Aborygen" Skladowski
    Andrew "Aborygen" Skladowski says:

    I knew Henryk very well as a friend to whom I could talk for hours and hours. Many times, while walking through one of many kazimierz streets I would see him talking to someone about HIS KAZIMIERZ. He will be greatly missed by me and many others
    Andrew “Aborygen” Skladowski

  3. Ray Neinstein
    Ray Neinstein says:

    I was an old friend of Henryk’s when I taught in Krakow, 1984-86. He taught me so much about Jewish life in pre-War Poland. I could never repay the debt I owe him, for his company, hit wit, his intelligence.

    What I’m trying to do now is to find a way to endow a scholarship or a lectureship in his name, perhaps at YIVO

    If anyone has any fundraising ideas, please contact me.

  4. janet singer applefield
    janet singer applefield says:

    What a loss, to have never had the priviledge of knowing Henryk. He must have been an exceptional person and will be missed by so many. Krakow, the city of my birth, is a place that Henryk knew so well and loved so much.

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