70th anniversary of the Kielce pogrom
The “Struma” Tragedy
The 24th of February is the 77th anniversary of the ship “Struma” sinking in the Black Sea. Almost 800 Jews escaping Romania died on the ship. It is one of the most tragic, though today almost forgotten, episodes in the history of Jewish attempts to escape the Holocaust.
The anniversary of Majer Bałaban’s birthday
On 20 February 1877, Majer Samuel Bałaban (Meir Balaban), co-founder of the Institute of Judaistic Sciences in Warsaw, was born.
The first modern jewish school in Warsaw
91 years ago on the 19th of February 1928 the Institute for Judaic Studies was opened in Warsaw. It was “the first Jewish school in Europe with a scientific curriculum including not only theological subjects but also secular Judaic studies.”
„Superhuman medicine” of Adina Blady-Szwajger
On 19 February 1993 died Adina Blady-Szwajger, pediatrition in the Bersohn and Bauman Children’s Hospital in the Warsaw Ghetto.
109th anniversary of Irena Sendler’s birthday
Irena Stanisława Sendler, née Krzyżanowska, was born on 15 February 1910 in Warsaw.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE LAST LETTER I’M WRITING TO YOU...
In January 1942, Szlama Ber Winer managed to escape from the extermination camp in Chełmno nad Nerem (Kulmhof an der Nehr). He safely reached the Warsaw Ghetto, where he received help from members of the Oneg Shabbat group – Hersz Wasser and his wife Bluma, who in February 1942 wrote down Szlama’s detailed testimony of mass extermination of people in gas vans in Chelmno. His testimony had become the basis of Oneg Shabbat’s report, „The events in Chelmno” (25 March 1942), sent to the Polish government-in-exile in London two months later.