I’d taken the 06.23 from Berlin to emerge into the sunlight in Warsaw at 12.30pm. I’d wanted the night train; it had been delayed and delayed and I had walked in circles around the empty Berliner Hauptbahnhof for two hours, smoking cigarettes on the platform, reading Orhan Pamuk, and thinking about kids in small towns in America who start hanging out by the tracks, dreaming of escape, and then some of the finally do. Exhausted, I’d boarded the train and immediately fallen asleep; waking-up intermittently, suddenly, as the other passengers around me spoke Polish, a beautiful language. At one point I dreamed that the woman sitting next me was trying to put something into my mouth and I had woken-up with a start.

I’d met Krieger in the square. He was crouching behind a camera on a tripod, taking pictures of five young men and women dressed in white, standing in front of the Memorial to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Other members of the group were there: Six people, two men and four women, dressed in white, were performing routines on the Monument. Dana Yahalomi was also there.The first thing Krieger said was: “Welcome home.”


After the rehearsal ended, we went to a well-designed nearby restaurant to meet a Polish journalist named Dorota Jarecka. The main art critic for the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Jarecka had written a couple of positive paragraphs about one of Public Movement’s previous actions. Jarecka turned on her tape-recorder and asked Yahalomi and Krieger about the nature of the action, the question of Israel, the psychological relationship between Israel and the holocaust, the nature of the group, the characters involved in the group, the activities of the Israeli Ministry of Education, the activities of over 400,000 Israeli high-school student visitors to Poland since 1988, spring, military policewoman, combat soldier, security guards, a suggestion for a walk in the Jewish ghetto…


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