I’ve just returned from Kraków. It is a beautiful city, populated by beautiful people but saturated in tragedy, misery and suppression at an industrial scale. The most vibrant part of town is Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter. Before the Second World War, tens of thousands of Jews lived there. Now, only five hundred do so. The Nazis created a walled ghetto for just 16,000 Jews with 2 square metre living place per person in a neighbouring part of the city. Later, those people were exterminated at Auschwitz or sent to other camps to work as slaves, apart from the lucky ones helped by Schindler or the Polish Pharmacist of Kraków. Nearby Auschwitz is huge, the Birkenau camp being the end point of a ruthlessly efficient conveyer belt to extermination for 1.5 million people, mostly Jews. When Russian soldiers liberated Auschwitz, there were only a few hundred survivors. Soviet rule continued until 1989.
I come home to find The Labour Party still embroiled in a row over anti-semitism. Margaret Hodge, one of the few politicians I admire, has been accused of abusing her leader. She is fighting her corner very strongly. She is upset that Labour has decided to adjust the internationally » Continue Reading.