I gave an illustrated lecture — via Zoom — on Nov. 12 as part of a program organized by the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow. It was called Beyond Virtually Jewish: Adventures in Europe’s Real Imaginary Spaces.
In it I looked back over my experience in Poland, dating back to 1980, when I was a correspondent for UPI covering Solidarnosc and Martial Law (including when I was jailed and expelled from the country because of my coverage) and discussed how throughout my career I have dealt with dreams and aspirations — of freedom, of Jewishness, of the wild west. What I’ve called the “Real Imaginary.”
In this talk, I discuss both my exploration of Jewish heritage and the “virtually Jewish” as well as my adventures in the Imaginary Wild West.
I’m delighted to announce the publication of “Preserving Jewish Heritage in Poland,” an illustrated book marking the 10th anniversary of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland — in which I have a sort of introductory essay.