The Jews in Poland: then and now

Reposted from Polska Dotty:

“The Jews began to settle in Poland as far back as the Middle Ages.  At a time when their sophisticated and wealthy cousins were being expelled from Spain (1492), Polish Jews began to find peace in Poland, even making a play on the word Poland, corrupting it to “Po-Lin”, Hebrew for “Here, one rests”.  They were favoured by Polish Kings because they represented a commercially-savvy class, for example, lending money for interest at a time when Christians were loathe to do so…”

Read the full article by Polska Dotty author Jonathan Lipman at: http://polskadotty.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/the-jews-in-poland-then-and-now/

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