Artifact Spotlight: Omega watch

This Omega watch is inside a case branded by Natan Scharf’s watch store and dates from the interwar period. The store at 8 Kościelna Street sold Omega, Roskopf, and Zenith watches, as well as jewelry and glasses. This object is on loan from Piotr Kolasa. Learn more about the AJC’s collection here.   The Auschwitz Jewish … Continued

New Łódź Jewish Cemetery

By Todd Hennessy, 2015 AJC Faculty Fellow The New Łódź Jewish Cemetery, established in 1892, is the largest Jewish Cemetery in Europe. More than 180,000 graves and 65,000 tombstones, ohels (structures built over graves), and mausoleums occupy the cemetery located on Zmienna Street, south of the Radogoszcz train station. During the Nazi occupation, the cemetery became part … Continued

Alumni Profile: Captain Stefanie Culp, 2008 ASAP

What inspired you to apply to the American Service Academies Program?  I first visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in middle school and was surprised, more accurately stunned, by the experience. I remember being amazed that children just like me had endured such a horrific experience. Even at that age and with … Continued

Volunteer Profile: Paul Martin Sautner, 2015

Hometown: Vienna, Austria What attracted you to the AJC? A few years ago, I developed an interest in Middle Eastern cultures and languages. I became fascinated by the thousands of years of traditions, rituals, and the rich cultural history. When I learned about the AJC, I was drawn to the opportunity to teach and learn about … Continued

Artifact Spotlight: Libanon Nuta

This is the title page of the religious pamphlet “Libanon Nuta” by Rabbi Natan Landau, which is part of the AJC’s collection. It was published in 1901 in Podgórze, near Kraków, and details the subject of ritual purity. Natan Landau, whose family was part of the local rabbinic dynasty, was president of the rabbinic court … Continued

In Search of Authenticity

By Helen Rubinstein, 2014 AJC Jaffa and Larry Feldman Fellow The first thing I do when I get to Auschwitz is put on sunscreen. Then I take out my notebook and write, The first thing I do when I get to Auschwitz is put on sunscreen. Because being here makes us scrutinize ourselves; being here makes … Continued

Jewish Sites in Poland as Transnational Spaces

By Nicole Freeman, 2014 AJC Fellow While visiting Jewish cemeteries and memorials in Poland last summer, I reflected upon the sites I had previously seen in Germany. What are their differences and similarities? How have Germany and Poland comparatively come to terms with their difficult pasts? My own academic research on twentieth-century Germany and Poland … Continued

Moved by Wooden Synagogues

By Evan Alberhasky, 2014 AJC Fellow  The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” aptly conveys how I felt upon viewing the replica of the Gwoździec Synagogue, which now stands as a centerpiece of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Wooden synagogue construction was common during the sixteenth to … Continued

Bobowa’s Jews

By Waitman Wade Beorn, 2008 AJC Fellow In 1939, the town of Bobowa had a population of approximately 700. During the Holocaust, it served as a concentration point for Jews from smaller villages in the surrounding countryside, including 60 Jews from Oświęcim. During the course of the war, many Jews were sent to work in … Continued

Alumni Profile: Captain David G. Krueger, 2007 ASAP

What inspired you to apply to the American Services Academies Program? My interest in the American Service Academies Program started during my junior year at West Point, when I began preparing for my upcoming thesis on the Armenian Genocide. My thesis advisor, Dr. David Frey, emphasized nationalism and ethnicity as concepts fundamental to understanding the … Continued