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  • Polish court reportedly rules against allowing ritual slaughter

    November 27, 2012 | 9:25 am

    A constitutional court in Poland reportedly has ruled against allowing Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter in the country.

    The Warsaw court’s ruling, which was made known on Tuesday, said the government had acted unconstitutionally when it exempted Jews and Muslims from stunning...

  • Anti-Semitic camp calls for overthrow of Poland on republic’s Independence Day

    November 13, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Young Polish nationalists and anti-Semitic extreme rightists called for the overthrow of Poland at the republic's Independence Day march.

    At Sunday's event, the groups established a new nationalist organization called the National Movement.

    Many of the participants in the march...

  • Jewish life in Poland – Towards a sense of joy and wonder

    November 2, 2012 | 9:44 am

    “We were over 1000 this year” - said someone on the bus as soon as we left the venue of the fifth edition of Limmud Poland, which took place between October 26-28, 2012.

    Between the prophets and Bruno Schultz, Yiddish film and Jewish social media, feminism and the Holocaust,...

  • Israeli tourist suffers ‘anti-Semitic abuse’ in Polish taxi

    October 26, 2012 | 9:52 am

    An Israeli tourist visiting Poland reportedly filed a complaint with police against a taxi driver for making anti-Semitic remarks.

    The tourist, Clila Bau, visited Poland last week with her sister, Hadas, according to the online edition of the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

    The...

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  • Romney casts Obama’s foreign policy as weak, dangerous

    October 8, 2012 | 11:29 am

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping critique on Monday of President Barack Obama's handling of threats in the Middle East, saying Obama's lack of leadership had made the volatile region more dangerous.

    In what his campaign called a major foreign...

  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up the Holyland

    October 4, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers made their first visit to Israel on Sept. 10, but the band member who stole the show wasn’t even onstage. Hillel Slovak – the group’s Israeli-American guitarist and co-founder – died tragically of a heroin overdose in 1988, but his presence was felt...

  • Israel trip helps Polish Jews in Jewish rediscovery

    September 5, 2012 | 11:37 am

    After Jerzy heard about frequent vandalism at an old Jewish cemetery in his home city of Gdansk, Poland, he decided to visit the graveyard.

    It had fallen into such disrepair that "people would go there to drink beer," said Jerzy, who gave only his middle name due to fears of...

  • Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires, Polish government honor Janusz Korczak

    August 22, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The Polish government and the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires inaugurated a two-day seminar about Janusz Korczak.

    The event, which began Tuesday, is part of activities marking 70 years since German soldiers sent Korczak and 192 Jewish orphans to their deaths in Treblinka, a Nazi...

  • Poland honors Janusz Korczak on 70th anniversary of death

    August 6, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Polish government officials unveiled a memorial plaque in Warsaw in honor of Warsaw Ghetto hero Janusz Korczak.

    Sunday’s unveiling took place exactly 70 years after German soldiers sent Korczak and 192 Jewish orphans to their deaths in Treblinka, a Nazi extermination camp.

    Korczak,...

  • Survivor: Sol Berger

    By Jane Ulman

    August 1, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “Where are the dollars?” two plainclothes Gestapo officers demanded as they appeared without warning on both sides of Sol Berger. Sol denied any knowledge, even though the daughter of a local currency dealer was hovering nearby at the train station in Tarnow, Poland, holding the...

  • Romney tours site of future Polish Jewish museum

    July 31, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    Mitt Romney toured the site of the future Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

    The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, completing the third leg of a three-country tour that also included Britain and Israel, on Tuesday met with museum chairman Piotr Wislicki,...

  • August Kowalczyk, Polish actor and Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz, dies

    July 31, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    August Kowalczyk, a Polish actor who was the last survivor of a group of Polish prisoners who escaped from Auschwitz, has died.

    Polish media said Kowalczyk died Sunday in a hospice he had recently founded in Oswieciem, the small town in southern Poland where Auschwitz is located. He...

  • U.S. Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal Visits Family Heritage Sites in Poland

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 25, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Hannah Rosenthal, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism took time out on a trip to Poland and Germany this month to honor her ancestors at sites of her own family history.

    Rosenthal’s family came from what is now Bytom, Poland. All were murdered at Auschwitz...

  • Lost Jewish Cities Found and Put Back on the Map

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 24, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    I’m already posted on this blog about the new ITunes app called Oshpitzin that uses smart phone technology to teach and tour pre-WW2 Jewish Oswiecim—the town where Auschwitz was built—which before the Holocaust was a majority Jewish town.

    In this JTA story I write about how this...

  • Wonderful Exhibit in Warsaw

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 16, 2012 | 1:25 am

    A wonderful exhibition opens today at the Arkady Kubickiego (Kubicki Arcade) of the Royal Castle in Warsaw and runs til the end of the month—the colorful ceiling panels that have been painted this summer as part of the Gwozdiec synagogue reconstruction project.

    The reconstruction...

  • Another new App guide—to Oshpitzin: pre-WW2 Oswiecim

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 14, 2012 | 2:54 am

    The latest Jewish travel app for smartphones and tablets takes you to a place that no longer exists except in memory: Oshpitzin.

    Oshpitzin was the Jewish name for Oswiecim, the small town in southern Poland where the Nazis built Auschwitz which had a majority Jewish population...

  • Israel salutes non-Jewish Poles for heroism and preserving Jewish memory

    July 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Israel in twin ceremonies honored non-Jewish Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and those who have preserved Jewish memory since World War II.

    Israeli Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner on June 8 recognized five Polish women as Righteous Gentiles for risking their lives to...

  • Krakow waiters made anti-Semitic remarks, Jewish patrons allege

    July 9, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    A group of Jews patronizing a restaurant in Krakow said they were verbally and physically attacked by waiters.

    The anti-Semitic and racist comments allegedly were made over the weekend at the Moment restaurant during the Polish city’s Jewish Culture Festival. The group was from...

  • Warsaw prosecutor ceases probe into anti-Semitic forum entries

    July 5, 2012 | 10:19 am

    The Warsaw Prosecutor’s Office is discontinuing an investigation into anti-Semitic entries on Polish online forums.

    The investigation, which ended Tuesday, had been undertaken at the request of Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski. The prosecutor’s office concluded that there...

  • Polish billionaire Jan Kulczyk donates $6 million to Jewish museum

    July 3, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Poland’s richest person, Jan Kulczyk, has donated about $6 million to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

    The billionaire’s gift is the largest to the museum by an individual donor, according to the Warsaw Business Journal. The $96 million museum is set to open next year.

    The...

  • Gunter Grass told to stay away from Polish synagogue

    June 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Gunter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning poet banned from entering Israel, is being asked not to visit the Gdansk synagogue.

    Grass, 85, will arrive on Friday in the Polish city of his birth to open an exhibition of his paintings.

    “We wish to Gunter Grass very fruitful and pleasant...

  • Polish authorities unclear if graffiti meant as anti-Semitic attack

    June 28, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Polish authorities are unclear if graffiti painted on a gallery near Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts not far from an opening of an Israeli photographer’s exhibition was meant as an anti-Semitic attack.

    “I Miss You Jew” was painted on a gallery owned by Polish businessman...

  • Jewish leader ‘shocked’ French soccer team skipped Auschwitz

    June 13, 2012 | 9:51 am

    The president of the umbrella organization of France’s Jewish communities said it was “shocking” that France’s soccer team did not visit Auschwitz.

    The team is playing in the European championship, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine.

    The British, Italian, Dutch and...

  • What was President Obama’s mistake?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 31, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    The President made a simple and very basic mistake when he spoke of Polish death camps.

    There were death camps and they were situated in Poland – deliberately so – but there were no Polish death camps.

    The most accurate way to refer to these camps is “Nazi death camps in...

  • White House ‘regrets’ reference to ‘Polish death camp’

    May 30, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The White House expressed its regrets about President Obama’s use of the term “Polish death camp.”

    In a statement Wednesday morning, Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said the president “misspoke” during his presentation of a posthumous Medal of...

  • Article Highlights Jewish Culture Festivals in Europe

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 27, 2012 | 2:14 am

    An article in The Forward advocates something that I have long urged travellers to do—use some of the many Jewish culture and other such festivals in Europe as anchor points for summer travels.

    The article highlights just two festivals—the wellknown Jewish Culture Festival in...

  • Seven Krakow synagogues to open—for one night

    May 15, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Seven historic synagogues in Krakow that are closed for most of the year will open for one night.

    The synagogues will open June 2 as part of the the second annual 7@nite-Synagogues By Night, an evening of exhibitions, music concerts and fashion shows by young artists from Poland and...

  • Life in Oswiecim

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 11, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    I’ve been in Warsaw the past week and just came down today to Oswiecim—the little city in southern Poland outside of which Auschwitz is located. I’m not here to pay homage at the death camp (which I have visited a number of times) but to attend part of the third edition of the...

  • The right questions after the March of the Living

    May 9, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    I’m standing with my back against a brick wall at Auschwitz. Monise Neumann points to an area just beyond her and tells a story.

    When Freddy Diament arrived at the forced labor camp, she says, he was stripped of his material possessions. That was, of course, what happened when...

  • Synagogues in Northeastern Poland

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 6, 2012 | 1:30 am

    I spent the past week in Sejny, a small town in the far northeast of Poland near the Lithuanian border—and coincidentally just ran across a very good video about the synagogues and Jewish quarters in Sejny and several other towns in eastern/northeastern Poland. It’s worth watching.