List of Polish Jews: Wikis


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Graves of Polish Jews among the fallen soldiers of the Polish Defensive War of 1939; Powązki Cemetery, Warsaw

From the Middle Ages until the Holocaust, Jews comprised a significant part of the Polish population. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, known as a "Jewish paradise" for its religious tolerance, attracted numerous Jews who fled persecution from other European countries, even though, at times, discrimination against Jews surfaced as it did elsewhere in Europe. Poland was a major spiritual and cultural center for Ashkenazi Jewry, and Polish Jews made major contributions to Polish cultural, economic, and political life. At the start of the Second World War, Poland had the largest Jewish population in the world (over 3.3 million[3]), the vast majority of whom were killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during the German occupation of Poland, particularly through the implementation of the "Final Solution" mass extermination program. Only 369,000 (11%) survived. After massive postwar emigration, the current Polish Jewish population stands at somewhere between 8,000 and 20,000.

Note that the list includes people of Jewish faith, Ashkenazi culture and/or Jewish ancestry.


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  • Bogusław Bagsik, financial hochstapler, swindler
  • Julia Brystigerowa, communist Security Services
  • Anatol Fejgin, Polish State Security Services,criminal
  • Maria Gurowska or Berger, Polish State Security, Services communist criminal
  • Wiktor Herer, Polish State Security Services, communist criminal
  • Adam Humer, Polish State Security Services, communist criminal
  • Aaron Kosminski, UK Jack the Ripper suspect
  • Meyer Lansky, US gangster
  • Salomon Morel, Polish State Security Services, communist criminal
  • Julian Polan-Haraschin, chairperson of the military tribunal in Cracow
  • Roman Romkowski, 1st vice-minister of MPS
  • Józef Różański, head of the Department of Investigations
  • Helena Wolińska-Brus, former Stalinist military prosecutor from Poland, court criminal

Fictional figures

See also



  1. ^ Menachem Begin - Biography
  2. ^ David Ben-Gurion The First Prime Minister
  3. ^ Antisemitism And Racism
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Burton
  5. ^ PRZEKRÓJ - Trzeci Kaczyński
  6. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Julian Klaczko
  7. ^,327162_Polski_rod_brytyjskiego_ministra.html
  8. ^
  9. ^ Shimon Peres - Biography
  10. ^ Yitzhak Shamir - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  11. ^ Notes for an Autobiography
  12. ^ Looking for The Political Graveyard?
  13. ^ Canadian Jewish News: "was born in 1898 near Łódź , into a traditional Jewish family" Accessed 10 November 2006.
  14. ^ Gaspar da Gama
  15. ^ Tributes to Sir Hersch Lauterpacht
  16. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography: born in Poland of Jewish parents
  17. ^ (British Dictionary of National Biography)
  18. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  19. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born in Prussian Poland of Jewish parents"
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  21. ^
  22. ^ Henryk Makower
  23. ^ [1] Polish
  24. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica, art, "Talmon, Jacob"
  25. ^ Kirshenblatt, Mayer and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. They called me Mayer July: Painted memories of a Jewish childhood in Poland before the Holocaust. University of California Press. Los Angeles:2007.
  26. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born of Jewish parents in Warsaw"
  27. ^ British Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born at Breslau of Polish-Jewish parentage"
  28. ^ review of the Audio Encyclopedia, Stars of David "This disc contains over 600 complete recordings of almost 200 singers of Jewish heritage" including Jan Kiepura; accessed 16 November 2006. The New York Times, August 10, 2005 The Kiepuras' European ascendancy was cut short by the rise of the Nazis; both had Jewish mothers." Accessed 16 November 2006.
  29. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  30. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  31. ^ [2]: "She was Jewish" Accessed 9 February 2007
  32. ^ Piotr Skrzynecki
  33. ^ Jewish Film Festival
  34. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  35. ^ Kazimierz Brandys - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  36. ^ List Teodora Parnickiego do Jerzego Giedroycia
  37. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica, art. Stern, Anatol
  38. ^ David Frum on National Review Online
  39. ^ Aleksander Wat: Life and Art of an Iconoclast
  40. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  41. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  42. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  43. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  44. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  45. ^ Dia-Pozytyw: Ludzie Sylwetki Biografie
  46. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica, art. "Chess"
  47. ^ JewProm


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