|Jody and Anna, happy to have met|
|fields in May|
At the end of our three-hour train ride we were met at the Torun railway station by Anna B. She is as warm and funny and smart as ever. For the next two hours she talked pretty much non-stop, and Lucyna would barely start translating during a pause before Anna would begin anew with another tale. The whole tale was told quite out of order and interrupted with editorial comments like “they are a little crazy” and “it’s because of the antisemites” and “he is an angel,” oftentimes recited sequentially without pause. That much Polish I could understand.
|a little bit disgusting|
The documents were beautifully calligraphed on vellum, and the bottom of the parchment was folded over and punctured with two holes, through which was threaded a braided, colored tassel that ended with a round disk of brownish wax that was imprinted by the official seal.
|Jody, Zevi, Anna|
|Lucyna also charmed by Zevi|
|spanking new Higher School of Hebrew Philology|
It was primarily Father M who prevailed upon the town civic leaders to make the statue and plaque on the Kalischer house, buff up the cemetery, and make the public ceremony on September 21 to dedicate it all. Anna was Father M’s history expert, and the faculty from the Higher School of Hebrew Philology assisted. The school and the city produced a 3-language brochure (Polish, Hebrew, and English) which featured explanations of the Jewish heritage in Torun along with illustrations of Zevi Hirsch and a photo of the Higher School of Hebrew Philology.
|photo of Father M from Torun newspaper|
|"Catholic Radio in Your Home"|
So when suddenly, shortly before Christmas, the Franciscan Order decreed that Father Maksymin had to leave Torun and go serve in Gdansk, his friends concluded that the decision was influenced by Radio Maryja. How could such a notoriously evil and powerful man permit such a charismatic paragon of virtue like Father M in his own town?
|"Go sit out on the window ledge!"|
|Teutonic Knights building, 13th century|
|gorgeous ceiling detail|
|Copernicus the football fan|
They walked me to the bus station and arranged my bus ticket to Plock. Lucyna strong-armed a college student waiting in line to be my protector on the journey and get me a taxi when we arrived at our destination, and I rode off into the green green countryside.