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  • Film-maker Polanski relieved after court rejects U.S. extradition request in child sex case

    October 30, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Oscar-winning film-maker Roman Polanski said on Friday he was grateful and relieved after a Polish court rejected a U.S. request for his extradition over a 1977 child sex conviction.

    The case of the Polish-born Polanski, now 82, remains an international cause celebre nearly four...

  • Could guns for German Jews have prevented the Holocaust?

    By Tom Tugend

    October 13, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    In the mid-1930s, an English scholar wrote a book — with many learned citations — proving that Nazism was the wave of the future and made for a happier and healthier nation.

    In reviewing the book, one critic noted that if the distinguished author had spent only one day actually...

  • Survivor: David Lenga

    By Jane Ulman

    September 30, 2015 | 9:11 am

    David Lenga was riding a streetcar in Lodz, Poland, on Sept. 1, 1939, traveling across town on an errand for his mother, when the city’s air-raid sirens began blasting. The streetcar halted abruptly, and within minutes the 11-year-old saw German warplanes swooping down,...

  • 19th century Polish synagogue to be renovated for cultural center

    September 29, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    A former 19th century synagogue building in northern Poland will be renovated and used as a cultural center.

    The municipality of Koronowo signed a contract this week to renovate the dilapidated building, which it owns, for $ 625,000. The works are to last until May 2016.


  • A Polish spy named Magda

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2015 | 6:50 pm

    “I don’t know how I did it, but I did it,” declares 93-year old Magda Kasprzycki, a West Hollywood resident, in the eponymous documentary “Magda.”

    The “it” unwinds gradually in the 60-minute film, starting with a sheltered childhood in an affluent, scholarly family in the Polish...

  • Is the Nazi ‘gold train’ a hoax?

    September 4, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    The story that a Nazi-seized train containing Jewish gold has been found in a tunnel in Poland is a hoax, according to Poland’s central bank governor.

    On Wednesday, Marek Belka said nobody at the bank was taking the reports seriously.

    “I think nobody even thought to devote a...

  • Polish governor tamps down expectations of Nazi gold train

    September 1, 2015 | 10:54 am

    The Polish governor of the province in which a fabled Nazi train loaded with stolen treasures reportedly has been located tried to lower expectations of the discovery.

    Tomasz Smolarz, the provincial governor of Lower Silesia, in southwest Poland, said at a news conference Monday...

  • Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

    August 28, 2015 | 12:52 pm

    With evidence mounting that a Nazi train loaded with millions of dollars worth of plundered items has been found in Poland, the World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their legitimate owners or their heirs.

    On Friday,...

  • Matisyahu Played, but BDS Racism is Winning

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 23, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    We won the battle, but are losing the war.

    As much as anyone I’m thrilled that Matisyahu performed “Jerusalem” at the Rototom reggae festival this past Saturday night in Spain.

    Organizers had to apologize and re-invite him after they cancelled him.

    The cancellation was...

  • Two men say they found loot-filled Nazi train in Poland

    August 21, 2015 | 12:05 pm

    Two men claim to have found a Nazi train full of stolen treasures, but won’t reveal its location until they are guaranteed a 10 percent finder’s fee.

    Marika Tokarska, an official at Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych, said that the men, one German and one Polish,...

  • Lodz to have first Jewish kindergarten in decades

    August 18, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    A Jerusalem-based group announced the opening of the first Jewish kindergarten in decades in the Polish city of Lodz.

    Shavei Israel, which tries to bring people with Jewish roots back into the Jewish fold, said Monday that the kindergarten would open in partnership with the...

  • Lodz Ghetto Photos—My article in The Jewish Quarterly

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 27, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Downtown Lodz today


    The Jewish Quarterly publishes my review of the book Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, a fascinating collection of posed photographs and unexpected snapshots taken in the WW2 Lodz Ghetto and hidden underground until after the...

  • Rare Holocaust-era hideout preserved near Warsaw

    July 10, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Polish officials registered a rare hideout used by Jews during the Holocaust as national monument.

    The hideout in Rekowka, a village situated 90 miles south of Warsaw, was used by two non-Jewish families, the Skoczylas and Kosioróws, for sheltering several Jews in 1942, according...

  • Survivor: Sidonia Lax

    By Jane Ulman

    July 8, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    Early on the designated morning in December 1943, 16-year-old Sidonia Lax (née Sydonia Lewin) and her parents, Cyla and Isaac, left their bunker in the Przemysl ghetto, where they had been living for three months, and made their way to a building near one of the gates. Having heard...

  • Fragments of Jewish tombstones removed from Polish river

    July 7, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    Fragments of about 100 tombstones from a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis were removed from a riverbed in Poland.

    Archaeologists removed the tombstone fragments from the Warta River, located in Mstow, Silesia, on the border with the Czech Republic, Radio Poland reported...

  • British teens arrested in theft of Auschwitz artifacts

    June 23, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Two British teenagers were arrested in Poland after police found in their backpacks items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.

    On Monday, museum security guards notified Polish police of the suspected theft of buttons, a fragment of a hair clipper and a piece...

  • Poem: In my hands

    June 17, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    In my hands I lift

    the goblet of red wine

    in the middle of a field

    up toward the sky

    and bless the red strength

    that flames

    like a torch

    in dark

    bony hands.

    “In My Hands” is translated by Sarah Traister Moskovitz. The poem is from the Ringelblum Archives and appears in poetryinhell.org

    Simkha Shayevitch died 1944 in Auschwitz of typhoid. He was one of the best-known poets in the Lodz Ghetto and his poetry was popular throughout Jewish Poland.

  • Film tells of synagogue ceiling that builds bridge to the history of Polish Jews

    May 13, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Nearly 300 years ago, two Jewish artists inscribed their names on the upper walls of the Gwozdziec Synagogue, located in a bustling trading town in the Polish-Lithuanian countryside.

    With its spectacular, newly remodeled towering ceiling, a painted tapestry of luminous colors and...

  • FBI chief tells Poland’s U.S. envoy he regrets Holocaust remarks

    April 23, 2015 | 9:02 am

    The head of the U.S. intelligence service told the Polish ambassador to the United States that he regretted his remarks on what Poland has said was an accusation of complicity in the Holocaust, the Polish foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Poland now considers the matter settled,...

  • Polish fashion guru called out for posing with SS hat

    April 21, 2015 | 11:06 am

    Holocaust commemoration activists in Warsaw filed a complaint against a Polish fashion celebrity who posed for pictures while wearing Nazi SS symbols.

    Jonny Daniels, founder of the From the Depths commemoration group, filed the complaint with Warsaw prosecutors on Tuesday against...

  • Thousands march at Auschwitz to remember the Holocaust

    April 16, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Thousands of young people from at least 45 countries participated in the March of the Living in Poland at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex of concentration camps.

    The 27th International March of the Living took place Thursday on Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each...

  • ‘Letters to Afar’: Glimpses of a lost world

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 2, 2015 | 7:51 pm

    “Once upon a time” is a phrase we use for fairy tales and fables. Yet most Jews carry with them another time, another land, another city. It could be the Pale of Settlement or Vilnius, Krakow or Lvov or, in more recent times, the Lower East Side, the Bronx, Tehran, Moscow, Buenos...

  • Survivor: Morris Price

    By Jane Ulman

    February 18, 2015 | 11:02 am

    “You remain,” the SS soldier said, pointing at Morris Price  — then Moniek Prajs — instructing him to wait in the open truck that had just arrived at Birkenau from the Krakow ghetto. “You get off,” the soldier told another prisoner. Soon, as the soldier continued to shout commands,...

  • What Ida gets right, and wrong

    February 12, 2015 | 11:11 am

    A Polish farmer standing shoulders-deep in a hole he has dug in wet, black dirt, searching for Jewish skeletons. As Poles uncover and handle Jewish bones, past sins, dirty conscience, betrayal, and buried grief return and have to be faced. In Paweł Łoziński's Miejsce urodzenia (...

  • David Shapell, developer and philanthropist, dies at 94

    February 10, 2015 | 6:11 pm

    David Shapell, real-estate developer and philanthropist, died Feb. 8.  He was 94.

    For 60 years, Shapell and his wife, Fela, played a major role in furthering Jewish education and building the State of Israel. In 2013, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced the...

  • Large Jewish cemetery in Warsaw is vandalized

    February 2, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The fence of a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw considered to be one of the largest in Europe was defaced.

    The attack on the Okopowa Street cemetery took place on Saturday; the vandalism was discovered the next day. Burials are still held in part of the cemetery.

    “Jews for slaughter”...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    January 27, 2015 | 9:17 am

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Five years in the making, ‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 23, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German.

    The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in...

  • Poland sends request to extradite Polanski to court

    January 20, 2015 | 10:44 am

    Polish prosecutors have sent a request to a regional court in Krakow for the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex-crime conviction, the Prosecutors' Office in Krakow said on Tuesday.

    "The further actions in this case will depend on...

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