Thoughts of a Polish Jew: To Kasie?ka from Grandpa is a document of a personal and family memory, authored by Artur Lilien-Brzozdowiecki (1890?1958) in 1944/45. This memoir, which was written in Polish and translated to English for the family circulation alone, w becomes a public asset. Lilien invites his new-born granddaughter to encounter her family, generations of Polish Jewry: merchants, lease-holders, bankers, industrialists, politicians, communal leaders, army officers, scholars, physicians, artists, and art collectors. They dwell in a broad Jewish and Christian world, integrated into the national life of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburg Empire, and the Second Polish Republic. The reader is encouraged to enjoy reminiscences of this worthy life and bitter choices that challenged Polish-particularly Galician-Jewry in the twentieth century.
Dr. Sergey R. Kravtsov is a researcher at the Center for Jewish Art, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was trained as an architect in his native Lviv, Ukraine, received his doctoral degree in architectural history in 1993, and has worked at the Hebrew University since 1994.