Revisiting 'The Crippled Son of a Polish Priest'

50 years after the first issue of Haaretz Magazine featured a story about an eccentric steakhouse owner with an unusual story, the plot has thickened.

The article about Roman Dabrowski that appeared in the first issue of Haaretz Magazine ended with the interviewee making a “humble request” of the writer, Moshe Admon. “It is very important that you write in the magazine that people be careful of automobiles and that they not drive fast. Too many children are lying in hospitals.”

Dabrowski did not arbitrarily choose to convey a...