Last month, Israel and Poland came close to the precipice in their diplomatic relations when Israel’s Yair Lapid reacted strongly to a new Polish law. The law sets a 30-year limit on legal challenges to property confiscations that had taken place decades ago.
While the law affects Polish, Jewish and other contested property claims, many people felt the law was particularly unfair to Jews, especially since Jews were often late in filing petitions for property after the war, given how dislocated they’d been. The World Jewish Restitution Organization, for example, said that the law marked “a sad day for justice and the rule of law.”
Given the vociferousness of Israel’s response to the law, it might seem that its anti-Jewish nature is beyond debate. That’s not the case, however. In this conversation with David Bernstein, one of the truly great guides of Israelis and others to Poland, we hear much about the complexity of that law, and about the relationship of Jews to the Polish story in general.
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Join Rabbi Leon Morris and Dr. David Bernstein for a trip of a lifetime as they journey to Poland and back. This trip is for current students, alumni and friends of alumni. It will take place January 9-13, 2022 (pending Covid regulations). Save the dates now. For more information, you can e-mail David Bernstein.