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As a son of one of the partisans, Hornstein was invited to attend. “I had such a sense of solidarity, that we were one large family,” he said.
That sense was stronger still as he connected with Poles of his own generation who are working to eradicate anti-Semitism in today’s Poland and preserve Jewish history in the country that was the epicenter of Judaism before the war.
“I feel a connection to the country of Poland that I never felt before,” Hornstein said. “It wasn’t a place that my mom had fond memories of. Horrible things happened there.
“But there’s a present as well. There are people there who recognize that reconciliation [with exiled Polish Jews] is in their interest. I found that very encouraging. Seventy years later, we need to move forward together to build a better world.”
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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