The former pope’s childhood home has been put up for sale for $1 million by its Jewish owner.
American-Israeli psychologist Ron Balamuth, whose father Rabbi Yechiel Balamuth rented rooms to the Wojtyla family, is asking £600,000 for the 19th century house in Wadowice.
And at the head of the queue to buy the place of Pope John Paul II’s birth, now a popular pilgrimage spot, is the local Jewish community, which hopes to buy the tiny property as a gift to Poland’s Catholic church.
Krakow Jewish community head Tadeusz Jakubowicz said: "John Paul II did a lot for the Jews, and this would be a good way to thank him for it.”
I can't think of a nicer gesture from the Jewish community of Poland to the Catholic community. It would really signal a cementing of something, wouldn't it? And it's a much better buy than if some entrepreneur bought it and exploited it as a tourist site! I hope the Jewish community can do it--that would be fantastic.