Saturday, April 10, 2010

For Poland

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The White Eagle, the symbol of Poland, wears black today.
There will be seven days of mourning.
What a terrible tragedy. How can a country, in the brief seconds of a plane crash, lose its president and his wife and so many of its top leaders??
I can't even imagine such a disaster.


President Lech Kaczynski was a firm friend of Poland's Jewish community, which has enjoyed a revival in recent years after it was nearly wiped out in the Holocaust and later suffered from communist-era repression.
In 2008 he became the first head of state to attend a religious service at a synagogue in Poland. As mayor of Warsaw, he promoted a planned museum on Jewish history by donating city land to the project.
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May President Kaczynski and all the victims of this crash now rest in peace. God help the Poles as they try to come to terms with this and rebuild the government.
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(The monument pictured is on Jerusalem's Mount Herzl. It remembers the Jews who fought and died serving in the Polish army during World War II.)
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13 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Yes, this is a tragedy, which wiped out a family and important representatives of Poland. Thanks for giving this information about a president we hardly heard of in my country. Shame on the Dutch!!

RuneE said...

A tragedy indeed.

VP said...

A tragedy in a very important moment in Polish-Russian relations. Those forests have already taken so many Polish lives, that it is incredible that it happened again...

cieldequimper said...

I've been out and about in Paris all day and haven't yet switched on the radio (no tv at home). How awful and yes, like VP said, at a bad moment (but isn't it always bad?) Thank you Dina.

Pietro said...

Really a tragedy. It's strange that the disaster happened not in the sky but after the landing.

Hilda said...

A beautiful and sympathetic post for Poland.

I am envious of a country that mourns the loss of its president and top leaders. If the same happens to ours, most of us will rejoice. :(

Jew Wishes said...

It is so tragic, so unfathomable, and leaves one speechless.

Ania said...

Thank You for Your kind words.

JM said...

Very nice tribute, Dina!

bagafarna said...

Thank You for Your kind words about Poland. I'm Polish and it is very nice to see such words on foreign blog. It is really tragic moment for us and it's comfortable to know that we are not alone. Thank You once more!

Petrea said...

It is indeed heartbreaking. Thank you, Dina.

jeannette said...

You are only one of the few blogs giving attention to this tragedy. Thank you for remembering this Polish president!

Mariusz from Nowy Sacz said...

Dina, pain over the loss of President Lech Kaczynski is today.
Your post is a beautiful testimony.