The Jewish Ghetto in Kraków, 1941-1943

Some pictures from the Schindler Museum and the Jewish Ghetto in Podgórze, Kraków, Poland. Yes, you’ve seen the film. But this strange yet fantastically organized museum, in the original Schindler factory on a road so small you can barely find it, is a revelation. How all three groups lived, fought, and died: Poles, Jews, andContinue reading “The Jewish Ghetto in Kraków, 1941-1943”

Keeping Up With the Kashubians

A quick visit to the Pomeranian coast of Poland, the famous port city of Gdansk, and then down to Torun, a Renaissance delight along the Vistula. Traces of German heritage, scenes from modern history, and a lot of beer and sauerkraut…

At the National Paintings Gallery, Berlin

A cold, rainy day on the Museumsinsel in Berlin, ideal for visiting the Old National Gallery, home to the world’s best collection of German Romanticists, secessionists, and other ‘art princes’ of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Interesting, in moving from Schinkel to Friedrich to Boecklin and Beckmann, to watch the transition into a modern,Continue reading “At the National Paintings Gallery, Berlin”

Mothers’ Day Weekend in Berlin

Arrived in Germany just in time for Mothers’ Day. Given that my mother actually grew up in Berlin, spending the day here is somewhat apropos. Did some wanderings through the city center, the neighboring city of Potsdam, and enjoyed an awesome room at my hotel by the Hackescher Markt. Next stop: Kraków…

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