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  • Polish journalist Leopold Unger dies

    December 21, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    The Polish journalist and commentator Leopold Unger has died at the age of 89.

    Polish media said Unger, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Lvov in 1922, died Tuesday in Brussels, where he had lived for many years.

    Unger was forced to leave Poland along with thousands of other...

  • Janusz Korczak Sukkot Workshops for kids in Cafe Cheder- Krakow Poland

    November 3, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    On Saturday 22nd October at Jozefa Street 36 the meeting for children was held once again. The workshop was conducted in a nice atmosphere and professional way by Agnieszka Wozowicz and Sylwia Liszka. The subject of the meeting was the Jewish Holiday SUKKOT ( Feast of Tabernacles/...

  • Tracking a Warsaw ghetto fighter

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    I met Leon Weinstein, hale and hearty at 101, three months ago and listened to his dramatic recollections as a fighter and survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, one of the bravest chapters in modern Jewish history.

    By normal journalistic practice, the article should have been...

  • Polish president reaffirms right to shechitah

    November 2, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Polish President Bronisław Komorowski said he supports European Jews’ right to kosher slaughter, or shechitah.

    “In Poland, we are proud to stand firm in supporting the Jewish community’s right to shechitah, and will play our full part in the EU deliberations,” the president...

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  • Polish museum opens exhibit on Warsaw Ghetto Uprising leader

    October 5, 2011 | 11:37 am

    A Polish museum has opened a section dedicated to Marek Edelman, one of the commanders of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis.

    The exhibit at the Historical Museum in Lodz opened Oct. 2, two years after Edelman died at the age of 90.

    Edelman, a cardiologist by...

  • Poland, currently heading EU, withdraws from Durban III

    September 19, 2011 | 11:42 am

    Poland, which is currently heading the European Union, will not participate in the Durban III anti-racism conference.

    Tad Taube, the honorary consul for the Republic of Poland in the San Francisco Bay Area, said Poland had withdrawn its official participation in the Sept. 22...

  • Reports highlight Jewish issues in Poland, Hungary

    September 15, 2011 | 11:43 am

    Reports released by a Jewish think tank in London highlighted the need for the reform of Jewish infrastructure in Hungary and support for Orthodox and non-Orthodox alternatives in Poland.

    The reports issued Thursday, published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, assessed...

  • Another Jewish memorial vandalized in Poland

    September 12, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    A Jewish memorial in eastern Poland was vandalized—the second time this month that a Jewish monument in the country was defaced.

    The monument to a Jewish cemetery in Bialystok that no longer exists was attacked Sunday night, local police said Monday. The bushes forming a Star of...

  • Memorial to Jedwabne pogrom vandalized in Poland

    September 1, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Vandals have defaced the monument in the eastern Polish town of Jedwabne that commemorates the hundreds of Jews burned alive in a barn there by their Polish neighbors in July 1941.

    A decade ago, the publication of Jan T. Gross’s book about the massacre, “Neighbors,” prompted a...

  • Child Holocaust survivors meet in Poland for first time

    August 22, 2011 | 10:43 am

    More than 300 people who survived the Holocaust as children are meeting in Warsaw—a first for Poland.

    The four-day meeting of the 23rd annual conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust, which ends Tuesday, marks the first time that the group’s...

  • Nazi-looted painting of Warsaw Ghetto life returned to Poland

    August 1, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A Nazi-looted painting depicting Jewish life in the Warsaw Ghetto was returned to Poland.

    “Jewish Woman Selling Oranges,” a 19th-century oil-on-canvas work, was one of several by Polish artist Aleksandr Giermyski depicting Jewish life in the ghetto.

    The painting, which was believed...

  • The Legacy of the Kielce Pogrom

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 28, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    “... The sight of the large, modern apartment house on Planty Street was the ultimate in ruthless havoc. ... The immense courtyard was still littered with bloodstained iron pipes, stones and clubs, which had been used to crush the skulls of Jewish men and women. Blackening puddles...

  • Work by Israeli artist is Poland’s entry in Venice Biennale

    June 10, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    The official Polish exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale is a controversial video installation by Israeli artist Yael Bartana that examines the complexities of Polish-Jewish relations.

    It is the first time that a non-Polish artist has represented Poland at the Biennale, a major...

  • Raise restitution issue in Poland, group asks Obama

    May 26, 2011 | 10:43 am

    President Obama should raise the issue of restitution of private Jewish property during his meeting this week with Polish officials, a Jewish group has urged.

    The World Jewish Restitution Organization made the request two days before Obama meets Friday with Polish President...

  • Synagogue restorations garner awards in Poland

    April 27, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Restoration projects on two synagogues in Poland have garnered awards.

    The mainly European Union-funded restoration of the twin-towered synagogue in Ostrow Wielkopolski in south-central Poland was awarded the top prize in the fourth edition of the Facade of the Year contest, the...

  • An open letter to my son

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Dear Adi:

    This column will appear online just about when you arrive in Poland.

    As a participant in the March of the Living, you’ll visit the Jewish

    Quarter of Krakow, the Lodz Ghetto, Schindler’s factory, the site of the forced labor camp at Plaszow, the original homes of two...

  • Search for Polish past inspires film, education

    April 20, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    “I made the most amazing discovery of my life!” Sarah Golabek-Goldman says in her documentary, “Finding Leah Tickotsky.”

    She was speaking of a monumental event that occurred during her first trip to Poland, in 2007, when she was a student at Stanford University and got the...

  • Historic Polish synagogue rededicated

    April 5, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    The historic synagogue in Zamosc was rededicated after a $2.4 million restoration, though the Renaissance town in southeast Poland no longer has a Jewish community.

    Ambassadors, Jewish leaders and other dignitaries attended Tuesday’s festive ceremony, which was followed by the...

  • Poland shelving property compensation plans

    March 14, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Poland is shelving plans to compensate former property owners—among them Holocaust survivors—for assets confiscated during the communist period.

    The announcement by Poland’s state treasury was met with “shock and dismay” by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, which represents...

  • Photos capture remnants of Jewish life in Poland

    February 22, 2011 | 6:26 pm

    The Jews of Poland may be mostly long gone, murdered by the Nazis or escaped to the safer confines of Israel or America, but the echo of their civilization remains, frozen in time for all to see. Jonathan Webber, a British social anthropologist and a professor at the Institute of...

  • Egypt uprising carries echoes of Poland’s Solidarity movement 30 years ago

    February 15, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The day after Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a widespread public uprising, I found myself presenting a lecture about Solidarity, the mass trade union movement that convulsed Poland 30 years ago and paved the way for the collapse of the Iron Curtain a decade later.

    It...

  • Record numbers visit Auschwitz

    January 13, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp attracted a record number of visitors in 2010.

    Some 1.38 million people visited the site in southern Poland, up from 1.3 million in 2009, the Auschwitz memorial museum announced Wednesday.

    More than a half-million Poles visited the site, as well as...

  • A potent mix of sex, booze, polish history

    By Tom Tugend

    December 15, 2010 | 9:59 am

    In 1967, following Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War, the Polish communist government joined other Soviet bloc countries in launching an “anti-Zionist” (read anti-Semitic) campaign, which, by the end of the following year, drove out most of the country’s remaining...

  • The new life

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2010 | 10:57 am

    Three things about Poland shocked me.

    The first shock came when I arrived in Warsaw on a very clear fall day last week — a bright blue sky, miles of green parks, the afternoon sun glinting off glass-fronted office towers in shades of steel, silver and blue.  I was taken aback,...

  • Poland rediscovering its Jewish past

    July 2, 2010 | 11:06 am

    From CNN.COM:

    Seventy years after Poland’s large Jewish population was virtually wiped out in World War II, their culture is making a comeback.

    Poles are today exploring their country’s Jewish past and forging links that were unthinkable a generation ago.

    Before the Nazi invasion in 1939, Poland had one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. Almost all were killed or fled and their culture was all but forgotten under Communist rule.

    Read the full story at CNN.COM.

     

  • A Hope-filled Look at Poland’s Jewish Renaissance

    June 8, 2010 | 6:06 pm

    An annual Jewish film festival; a week of performances by world-class klezmer acts; the construction of a $26 million Jewish museum in the country’s capital; “Tot Shabbat”: This is the stuff of Jewish communal life in many American cities.

    But when all this is happening in...

  • Poland’s tragedy is our tragedy

    April 12, 2010 | 11:01 am

    When the plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and dozens of other officials crashed in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk, Russia on Saturday, this immense disaster was also a personal tragedy.

    I lost friends in the crash that killed key leaders from the Polish...

  • ‘Tov’ Gallops Onto Stage in Blend of Jewish History, Tradition, Dance

    March 16, 2010 | 5:08 pm

    Dancers simulating the behavior of horses gallop across the stage, stepping, prancing, tossing their heads as though shaking their manes.  Their performance is mixed with spoken text, music and vocals in “Tov,” a dramatic dance work by choreographer-director Rosanna Gamson...

  • Paper pieces for peace

    By Jay Firestone

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    An ancient Japanese legend holds that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. If three L.A.-area day schools were to get one, it might be for peace and understanding.

    Pasadena's Weizmann Jewish day school hosted an interfaith origami session on Tuesday, May...

  • Briefs: Drug and immigration bust at kosher meat plant, Israel says no Hamas truce without Schalit

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Feds: Drugs Made at Kosher Meat Plant

    Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

    The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the...

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