There is a lot of info on this subject on internet. Try looking up word " schtetl ", a Yiddish word for " little town ". Most Jews in pre WwII Poland lived in these predomontly Jewish villages/towns, had their own language ( Yiddish, Hebrew ), Tumalic style, etc.
I have a great book I would like to recomend on this subject called " Jews in Poland " by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski. Iwo was born in LwÃ³w Poland , in 1921. A most amazing compilation of facts, maps, artifacts, pictures, etc.
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That's really interesting and brings in a different aspect. I hadn't taken on board what a problem communication would have been if there were Jews who did not speak Polish. Thank you for that.
From: charubab <charubab@...>
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 2:53 PM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: Pre-WW2 Jewish Life in the Kresy
It should be noted that while there were some Jews who were assimilated into the Polish culture (some of whom became vrey well known and celebrated (Marian Hemar and Julian Tuwim, for example), most Jews in Poland, and partucularly the Kresy were not. They kept themselves to themselves and lived a separate existence. This made proctecting them a very dangerours undetaking for Poles. What if the Jew you were hiding spoke no Polish, or spoke Polish with a Yiddish accent? I read somewhere that in the General Government during the war, it took an average of 30 non-Jews to save one Jew. We will probably never know the real numbers of Poles who courageously did this because very often when they were caught, no witnesses were left to tell the story.
Barrie ON Canada
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, Krystyna Mew <krystynamew@...> wrote:
> Thank you Helen. Ãƒâ€š It is very cheering to hear these things. Ãƒâ€š Actually my maternal grandmother also sheltered a Jewish family during the war despite Ãƒâ€š the fact that she was a staunch Catholic and was risking the lives of her young family. Ãƒâ€š These acts are obviously rarely recorded as this would have further endangered Ãƒâ€š lives but I suspect were not uncommon.
> I am reading a book called 'Rethinking Poles and Jews-Troubled Past, Brighter Future' which takes a more positive stance.
> Krystyna Mew