In a Divided Poland, Pope John Paul II Is Claimed by All Sides

www.nytimes.com | 1/12/2019 | Staff
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“I believe Karol was given the name Jozef in a tribute to Pilsudski,” said the Rev. Jacek Pietruszka, the director of the Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in the ancient town of Wadowice, where the future pope was born in a modest apartment. His birthplace is now visited by some 250,000 people annually, nearly 80 percent of them Polish.

The tour of his childhood home begins in a room dedicated to the history of the town and of its Jewish community, which then made up nearly 20 percent of the population.

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