On Poland-Ukraine Border, the Past Is Always Present. It’s Not Always Predictive.

For a Jewish reporter with Eastern European roots, one of the hardest challenges covering the war is reconciling the horrors of the Holocaust with the Poland and Ukraine of today.

LUBLIN, Poland — On a recent morning, I sat in the sun-filled dining room of a tidy house in eastern Poland, across from one of the most generous men I’ve ever met.

He was a Polish apple farmer who took in eight Ukrainian refugees, all complete strangers, and gave them a place to stay, cooked them meals, brought them armloads of fresh bread every morning and has been trying to find them jobs.



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