Polish writer Teresa Toranska dies at 69

Teresa Toranska, a Polish journalist and writer who penned several books chronicling Polish-Jewish history, died in Warsaw on Jan. 2.

Toranska, a native of Volkovysk, now Belarus, died the day after her 69th birthday. In 2011 she was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Her most widely circulated book is “Them: Stalin’s Polish Puppets,” which includes interviews with Communist dignitaries. The book could not be published officially when she wrote it but was widely circulated underground. Now it is taught at many universities.

She authored several books on Polish-Jewish history, including “We Are,” about Jews who emigrated after the Polish government’s anti-Semitic campaign in March 1968, and “Death Is a Minute Too Late,” about Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors. Toranska also wrote the screenplay for “Gdansk Station,” a film about Polish immigrants living in Israel.

Toranska received many awards for her work as a Polish journalist. — jta