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  • British teens arrested in theft of Auschwitz artifacts

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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,...

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  • 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...

  • Polanski escapes extradition again, plans Dreyfus Affair movie

    November 6, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    The Roman Polanski saga added another chapter last week, and it didn’t leave anybody looking too good.

    First, the United States petitioned the Polish government to arrest film director Roman Polanski and hold him for extradition, the latest in a fruitless, decades-long effort to...

  • Amid growing European anti-Semitism, new Jewish museum in Poland ‘reveals hope’

    October 28, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    In a Europe wracked by fears of rising anti-Semitism, and in a country whose Jews were all but annihilated in the Holocaust, a dazzling new “museum of life” celebrates the Jewish past and looks forward to a vital future.

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President...

  • Presidents of Israel, Poland tour new museum on Jewish history

    October 28, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing Jewish community before becoming a graveyard for Jews in World War II.

    Polish President Bronislaw...

  • ‘Last Witness’ of Treblinka keeps camp’s memory alive in film, art

    October 27, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

    Now 92, his remarkable story, featured in a documentary film produced by Miami public TV channel...

  • Polish constitutional court to discuss ritual slaughter ban

    October 27, 2014 | 11:23 am

    The Polish Constitutional Tribunal will hold a hearing to discuss the country’s ban on ritual slaughter.

    The hearing will be held Dec. 3. A request for a review of the case by the Constitutional Tribunal was submitted more than a year ago by the Union of Jewish Religious...

  • Survivor: Sally Zielinksi Roisman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 7, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Sally Roisman — at the time Sara Pola Zielinksi — was asleep in a bed she shared with her mother and two sisters in the Sosnowiec ghetto when she was suddenly awakened by loud pounding on the door. A Gestapo officer entered the room. “Get dressed,” he ordered, pointing at Sally....

  • Letters to the editor: Teshuva, Seoul food and a minyan a day

    October 7, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Tradition, Teshuvah and Trojans

    I am a sometime Christian (more “some” than “time”) who relates perfectly to those Rob Eshman describes in this most excellent column (“What For?” Sept. 26). I totally agree that teshuvah “is not a Jewish thing; it’s a human thing [and that]...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    September 23, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

    September 17, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers.

    The excavations in Poland have been going on since 2007, and thousands of inmates’ personal items have been found at the site. They include rings, pendants, earrings, jewelry, perfume bottles,...

  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

  • Survivor: Barry Weintraub

    By Jane Ulman

    September 10, 2014 | 11:55 am

    "Get out of the house. Go.” 

    Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just...

  • More than 40 Jewish Culture, Music, Film etc Festivals in Poland each year

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 29, 2014 | 11:44 am

    This post can also be read on my Jewish Heritage Travel Blog

    Readers of this blog know that each year since 2009 I have tried to put together a list of Jewish culture, music, film -- etc -- festivals that take place around Europe.

    This year (so far) the list includes 40 or so,...

  • Reflections on Sept. 1, 1939

    August 27, 2014 | 11:32 am

    Sept. 1, 2014, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. On that day in 1939, Germany launched the invasion of Poland, marking the beginning of hostilities in World War II.  Sixty million people died in the conflict over the next six years, including 6 million...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • UK’s Prince Charles likens Russia’s Putin to Hitler, Paper

    May 21, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler over his stance on Ukraine, according to a British newspaper.

    During a royal tour of Canada, the 65-year-old prince told a Jewish woman who fled from...

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