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  • Jedwabne mayor calls for exhumation of Jewish mass grave

    6 days ago

    The mayor of a Polish town where locals killed and buried hundreds of Jews added his voice to a growing chorus of officials seeking to exhume the bodies from a mass grave to see if German soldiers were the killers.

    Michael Chajewski, the mayor of the town in northeastern Poland,...

  • 75 years after Jedwabne pogrom, Poland wrestles with evidence of complicity

    2 weeks ago

    As German army troops invaded eastern Poland, Ichak Lewin’s family fled their town of Wizna.

    On July 10, 1941, the Lewins approached the nearby town of Jedwabne, where hundred of Jews lived and had the means to shelter other Jews. But  the Lewins soon realized they had come to...

  • Locals absent at ceremony in Poland marking postwar atrocity

    2 weeks ago

    Some 150 people attended a commemoration on the 75th anniversary of a massacre of hundreds of Polish Jews by their neighbors in the country’s northeast.

    Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, also attended Sunday’s ceremony in the town of Jedwabne, whose...

  • Jewish artifacts in glass decanter of valuables found in Polish town

    3 weeks ago

    A backhoe operator working on a construction site in Poland dug up a glass decanter filled with valuables, including Jewish artifacts.

    Among the objects discovered inside the decanter found June 15 in Minsk Mazowiecki were kiddush cups, silver cutlery, a gold pocket watch and...

  • Belarusian Nobel Prize laureate accuses Poles of persecuting Jews in Holocaust

    3 weeks ago

    A Belarusian Nobel Prize laureate has stirred controversy in Poland by saying that many Poles, including priests, participated in the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust.

    Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, made the accusation last month...

  • Marking 70th anniversary of Jewish massacre, Polish president slams anti-Semitism

    3 weeks ago

    The president of Poland strongly condemned anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and xenophobia in leading the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of a massacre of Jews after World War II.

    Andrzej Sebastian Duda spoke Monday in the southeastern town of Kielce, where...

  • Leader of Poland’s largest political party honors victims of synagogue burning

    June 28, 2016 | 10:55 am

    The leader of the largest political party in Poland took part in ceremonies commemorating the burning of a synagogue in Bialystok during the Holocaust.

    In his speech at the Great Synagogue of Bialystok, Jaroslaw Kaczynski stressed German responsibility for the Holocaust, the...

  • Polish government wants to take over, upgrade Treblinka museum

    June 23, 2016 | 9:42 am

    Poland’s government offered to take over from a local authority the responsibility for preserving the grounds of the former Nazi death camp Treblinka, where 870,000 people were murdered.

    The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage made the offer in a letter it sent last week to...

  • Torah scroll that sat in home closet 15 years donated to Polish museum

    June 23, 2016 | 9:12 am

    A Torah scroll that sat forgotten in a closet of a home in Poland for 15 years was donated to a museum in the country.

    Waldemar Sawicki, the owner of a home in the western Polish city of Zielona Gora, gave the scroll to the Museum of Lubusz Region, also in western Poland. His...

  • Verdict due in German trial of 94-year-old ex-Auschwitz guard

    June 16, 2016 | 1:52 pm

    A German court is expected to announce on Friday its verdict in the trial of a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    In what could be one of Germany's last Holocaust trials, the prosecution has asked the court...

  • Polish adman creates buzz with his pro-Jewish graffiti

    June 16, 2016 | 11:36 am

    Anti-Semitic graffiti is so common in Poland that it hardly makes the news, except maybe when it’s on Holocaust sites or Jewish cemeteries.

    But huge philo-Semitic slogans painted in the national colors and confessing a sense of loss over the destruction of Polish Jewry in the...

  • In Krakow, night of the synagogues bolsters Jewish pride

    June 6, 2016 | 11:27 am

    For the sixth year in a row, the seven synagogues in Krakow’s historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, opened their doors for 7@Nite – or the Night of the Synagogues, a one-night mini-festival aimed at bolstering Jewish pride and promoting Jewish awareness among the public.


  • Teen arrested for allegedly smashing Holocaust memorial in Poland

    May 31, 2016 | 1:32 pm

    A teenager in Poland was arrested for allegedly smashing a Holocaust monument and scrawling anti-Semitic slogans and a neo-Nazi symbol on it.

    The 16-year-old had escaped from a state juvenile care center, the PAP news agency reported Tuesday quoting a police spokeswoman. The...

  • Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

    April 29, 2016 | 10:14 am

    Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago.

    Occurring amid an acrimonious debate in Poland on local complicity in the Holocaust and the attention it...

  • Reporter who revealed fake Polish rabbi taking heat from Jewish community leader

    April 25, 2016 | 12:41 pm

    The Polish reporter who revealed the imposter rabbi serving in Poznan said the Jewish community’s leader has insisted he stop writing about the case.

    In a report published Monday, Glos Wielkopolski said Alicja Kobus, head of the Poznan Jewish community and vice president of the...

  • Rabbi in Poland not actually a rabbi, journalist discovers

    April 19, 2016 | 11:10 am

    A rabbi in Poland embraced as a Jewish community’s spiritual leader actually is not a rabbi, a Polish journalist uncovered.

    Jacoob Ben Nistell, aka Yaakav — he used different forms of the name — admitted two weeks ago during an interview that he is not a rabbi. He has served for...

  • Tel Aviv high school stopping students’ concentration camp visits over ‘ultranationalist’ influence

    April 12, 2016 | 1:04 pm

    A Tel Aviv high school principal will no longer send pupils on an annual educational trip to former concentration camps in Poland because of its perceived “ultranationalist” influence on the students.

    Zeev Dagani, principal of the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, also cited high costs...

  • Hillel International to launch in Poland

    April 12, 2016 | 10:04 am

    Hillel International will launch operations in Poland, the organization serving Jewish college students announced.

    The opening of Hillel Warsaw is scheduled for April 18, on the eve of the 73rd anniversary of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. A delegation of Hillel...

  • 93-year-old Auschwitz guard dies a week before trial

    April 7, 2016 | 3:57 pm

    A former SS guard died a week before he was scheduled to go on trial for his alleged role in the murder of more than 1,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

    Ernest Tremmel’s death was announced Thursday, The Jerusalem Post reported. Tremmel, 93, was...

  • Imre Kertesz, Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivor, dies aged 86

    April 1, 2016 | 11:02 am

    Hungarian novelist and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertesz, winner of the 2002 Nobel Literature Prize, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long illness, the state news agency MTI reported, citing his publisher.

    Kertesz became a Nobel laureate for works the judges said portrayed...

  • Polish institute stops investigation into WWII murder of 70 Jews

    March 14, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    The Institute of National Remembrance in Bialystok has discontinued the investigation into the 1941 murders of at least 70 Jewish citizens in a Polish town.

    Prosecutors have not identified and additional perpetrators besides the two Polish men already sentenced for the killings...

  • Poland wants punishments for use of ‘Polish death camp’ phrase

    February 18, 2016 | 10:29 am

    Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday.

    Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical...

  • Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

    February 5, 2016 | 11:26 am

    A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016.

    A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS guard, whose name has not been released, is fit to stand trial, Agence France Press reported.

  • Bernie Sanders’ ancestral town in Poland kvells over his Iowa performance

    February 2, 2016 | 1:17 pm

    Residents of the Polish town where Bernie Sanders’ father was born are watching the Jewish candidate’s presidential run with pride.

    Many citizens of Slopnice, in southern Poland, viewed the results of the Democratic caucus in Iowa with interest on Tuesday, according to Agence...

  • Pope expected to visit Auschwitz during trip to Poland in July

    January 29, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Pope Francis is expected to visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during his visit to Poland in July, the Vatican said.

    The Vatican spokesman, speaking during the presentation of a book by a 90-year-old Italian Holocaust survivor on Wednesday night, said the visit was "highly...

  • Israeli travel agents arrested for Nazi camp tour price-fixing

    January 19, 2016 | 1:55 pm

    Israeli investigators have busted a ring of travel agency officials they say are suspected of price fixing for school trips to Nazi death camp sites in Poland, police said.

    Nine people were arrested, spokeswoman Luba Samri said in Tuesday, from various travel agencies suspected...

  • Auschwitz memorial breaks record with over 1.72 million visitors in ’15

    January 4, 2016 | 1:32 pm

    A record number of more than 1.72 million visitors came to the Auschwitz memorial in 2015.

    The new mark breaks the standard of 1.534 million visitors set last year, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland reported Monday.

    In 2015, Poland had the most visitors with...

  • Happy Thanksgiving—with Jewish Turkeys!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    November 26, 2015 | 8:29 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I'm reposting this item from my Jewish Heritage Europe web site -- an online resources to Jewish heritage across the continent. See the full post here.

    Thanksgiving is often called “turkey-day” because of the tradition of eating roast turkey at the...

  • 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...

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