From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

The historic 19th-Century Tempel Synagogue in Krakow’s Kazimierz district, once desecrated by the Nazis, is one of the more beautiful buildings I’ve ever visited. On Monday, this historic building was desecrated yet again, this time by vandals who defaced it with antisemitic graffiti. Fortunately, it sounds like the police have responded quickly. Although the building has seen worse, this most recent vandalism is another scar upon it, and one that updates its history of anti-Semitic attacks into this century.

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