Mahananda’s mother’s family was Jewish and they lived in the Jewish quarter of Krakow. During the war, she ended up in Auschwitz, but survived, came to England, was married and her first son (Mahananda) was born. Many years later, when he heard that a new Buddhist Centre was opening in Krakow, and that they’d brought premises in the Jewish quarter, Mahananda left them a gift in his will. Mahananda died in 2009 and his gift is enabled the fledgling centre to translate and publish some Dharma texts into Polish.