Warsaw, Poland - Holocaust Survivors Philanthropists Return to Poland To Rebuild Jewish Life
Warsaw, Poland - They spent their childhoods in the rich, layered Jewish life of prewar Poland, then survived Hitler’s mission to wipe out European Jewry in the ghettos and gas chambers of occupied Europe.
Now, men such as Tad Taube, Sigmund Rolat and Severyn Ashkenazy, after making fortunes in the United States, have returned to Poland as philanthropists to nurture a grass-roots revival of Jewish life in their homeland.
Some Jews outside Poland cannot comprehend why the philanthropists would return to a land where their ancestors suffered such pain and loss. But members of Poland’s Jewish community praise the help as crucial to the small renaissance now underway.
“What the philanthropists have done — along with the importance of the material donation — is also empowered us, encouraged us, let us know we’re not alone,” said Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, an Orthodox leader from New York. “And that cannot be underestimated.”
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