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70 Years after Holocaust, Poles Work to Revive Krakow Judaism

About an hour’s drive from the heart of darkness that was the Auschwitz death camp, there is a bright sunlit room in Krakow full of young Poles learning Hebrew. “Metzuyan!” (Excellent!) the teacher exclaims in Hebrew, encouraging her students, who like her, are not Jewish. Together they negotiate the foreign tongue with zest, and give it a Polish twist. “Teachers love to drink vodka with lemon,” they say in Hebrew in unison, repeating after the teacher. More than 3 million Jews...

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