I have just read an email sent last night from a Polish reader of SALA’S GIFT and — call me crazy and call me naive — but surely the world is a better place for this woman, who is lighting a candle today, on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising, in honor of my grandparents, Chana and Jozef Garncarz, and my mother Sala.
My family was from Sosnowiec, but I am imagining that for this reader, the Warsaw uprising is one of the dates that marks the shuddering end of 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland.
Here is her unedited email:
Few days ago I have read Sala’s Gift. It’s no first time that I read stories or films about holocaust – I’m Polish, I live in Poland. I should to be accustomed, I visited Auschwitz many times, but I’m not. Each time I go to know a war story of somebody, I’m shocked and I suffer with him . Specially with your nation during II war, and after it.
Tomorrow is a special day in Poland, in 01 August 1944 it was Warsaw Uprising. So we remember all victims – I will remember tomorrow with candel your grandparents Chana and Józef Garncarz and your mother Sala. I will pray for them.
I would like to propose you to see polish film from 2012 – POKŁOSIE – directed by Władysław Pasikowski. It touch a difficult topic of the murder of the Jews in Poland by polish people during II war. It’s difficult for Polish to accept the true. But true is true. We should know how it was. Maybe you just have seen it?
Anyway – I’m glad that I have read Sala’s Gift – now my daughter is reading it. And I’ll recommend it at friends.