polam 5 | 11 26 Jan 2009 / #91It strikes me that almost all of the posts concern 20th century Polish-Jewish relations. I guess that makes some sense, given the extraordinary events of the Second World War. But we should be thinking about the centuries of relatively peaceful co-existence between Poles and Jews. Doesn't anybody ever wonder why so many Jews lived in Poland or the lands of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth? The answer, of course, is that they were invited to live there. When every Western European country was expelling Jews, Poland was welcoming them with open arms. Jews and Jewish culture thrived in Poland for centuries.