August 10, 2015 |
At a business dinner in Brussels, a woman from Warsaw told me she always liked meeting in Brussels. Why? Because Brussels is the second-most boring city in Europe, she said, but she lived in the first. Warsaw gets a bad rap, even from the natives. (Sound familiar, Philadelphia?) After that dinner in Belgium, I resolved to go and see about the city in Poland for myself - which I did, last year with my 19-year-old son. It didn't start well. We connected through London's Heathrow, and upon arriving in Warsaw, my son Sam said, "But we were just in London.
May 23, 2013 |
WARSAW, Poland - Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful Nazi German force that occupied Poland, has died. Mr. Spiegel died May 9 in Montreal, where he had spent the last four years in a nursing home, his son, Julius, said Tuesday. With Mr. Spiegel's death, the tiny group of survivors of the legendary World War II revolt that was crushed 70 years ago this month grows even smaller.
May 10, 2013 |
Now that the Kimmel Center has disassembled the imaginary time machine that long dominated its lobby, the Gershman Y across the street has something closer to the real thing: The reconstituted 1918 film The Yellow Ticket , which was partly filmed in the later-razed Warsaw ghetto and was one of the first cinematic exposés of anti-Semitism. Now on a multicity tour with a live score by violinist Alicia Svigals, founder of the Klezmatics, The Yellow Ticket will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday (copresented by the National Museum of American Jewish History)
April 20, 2013
Venezuelan's rough start CARACAS, Venezuela - Inauguration day didn't go well for the man picked to lead Venezuela's socialist revolution for the next six years. Hours before his swearing-in, fellow South American leaders pushed President Nicolas Maduro into a concession allowing a full audit of the razor-thin vote that the opposition says he won by fraud. Then the massive crowds that used to pack the streets for late leader Hugo Chavez failed to appear. Finally, a spectator rushed the stage and interrupted Maduro's inaugural speech, shouting into the microphone before he was tackled by security in an embarrassing gaffe.
April 7, 2013 |
The two West Chester University graduates were in a Warsaw hotel lobby late one afternoon in May 2012 when they were told of an antiques shop in an old neighborhood. "It was a shop that carried a mixture of Judaica and Nazi paraphernalia," Hilary Bentman said last week. An odd mix. But in the early evening, she and Hadassah DeJack went there. The Christian shopkeeper, whose grandparents had hidden Jews during World War II, asked if they would like to see a section of a Torah rescued from the Nazi occupation.
April 3, 2013 |
Warsaw in 1937 was a city full of intrigue. A city crawling with spies. A city on the brink of war. Its story is told in BBC America's superb, gorgeously shot mini-series Spies of Warsaw , which premieres Wednesday. It's one of two major new TV dramas this week, along with Rogue , a gritty, violent cop series from DirectTV's Audience Network, which also begins Wednesday, with a feature-length pilot. Spies of Warsaw is a lush, classic spy yarn starring David Tennant ( Doctor Who , Hamlet )
December 30, 2012 |
WARSAW, Poland - A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees is on display in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the place where so many Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by Hitler's regime, and it is provoking mixed reactions. The work, HIM , by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, has drawn many visitors since it was installed last month. It is visible only from a distance, and the artist doesn't make explicit what Hitler is praying for, but the broader point, organizers say, is to make people reflect on the nature of evil.
June 9, 2011
Stefan Kurylowicz, 62, a Polish architect who helped modernize Warsaw in the two decades after the collapse of communism, was among four Poles killed Monday when their two small planes crashed in Spain, an associate said Tuesday. Mr. Kurylowicz (pronounced Kur-eh-WOH-vich ) was "a Renaissance man," the Polish news agency PAP said. Born in Warsaw in 1949, he helped shape the capital as it evolved from a city dominated by drab communist-era architecture to a modern city dotted with tall glass and steel structures - some of the architect's creation.
October 15, 2010 |
A canister of film on a shelf in a bunker in the German woods, an archive of Nazi propaganda, discovered after World War II. A label on the canister: " Das Ghetto . " In the extraordinary, powerful, disturbing A Film Unfinished , much of the footage from that reel, shot in May 1942 in the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw, is replayed - and revisited with the knowledge that it was a lie. Directed by an unknown Nazi official, who deployed cameramen...