For Marek Edelman the Jewish world disappeared with the end of the World War 2. He was a member of Bund, a party which preached the Jewish right to live the way they wished where their forefathers once lived. This was why Bund and Edelman were against relocating to Israel. Because of that, oftentimes, a misconception arose that Edelman did not wish the state of Israel well. I is not true. Marek Edelman was one of those who were critical of different aspects of Israeli life but who always stood for the rights of the Jews who lived there, especially for their security.
Nothing proves that better than his comment for a radio ZET reporter during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 18, 1993.
“How do you evaluate now the state of Israel. What’s the meaning of it to you?”
“And what’s the meaning of, say, Chile, to you? Those are all wrong questions. You want to position me in such a way that I be talking against a country. No, sir, I’m not for nor against. I recognize that fact and recognize those people. And I’d like to see them safe. For there is a potential that something wrong may happen to them. But I don’t get what you are up to. What sensational comments would you like to get?”
But the Jewish world is not only Israel with its history and the present day. It is also the Jewish culture and how it inspires nearly all cultures of the world. Isaac Babel and the Russian short stories; Steven Spielberg and the great American movie; Franz Kafka and the world literature; Julian Tuwin and the Polish poetry with one of its most beautiful pieces “The Polish Flowers” (Kwiaty polskie). The examples may be multiplied.
We intend to support those who create and describe the world of Jewish culture, the contemporary as well as that of the past.