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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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.

    The...

  • 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...

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