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  • 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...

  • The boy who ran, the man who lived

    By Tom Tugend

    April 23, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    Every survivor of the Holocaust has a distinct story, and among the most remarkable is the one told in the movie “Run Boy Run.”

    It’s the tale of an 8-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and survives on his own for three years in Nazi-occupied Poland; the story could easily...

  • Polish home, about to be razed, found to have used Jewish gravestones

    April 1, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Seven Jewish gravestones were discovered to have been used in the construction of a home in Poland.

    The gravestones were used to build the ceiling of the basement of a home in Golina, TV Konin reported.

    It is believed that the headstones came from the destroyed Jewish cemetery...

  • Petition in Poland seeks referendum to legalize ritual slaughter

    March 10, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    More than 130,000 Polish voters signed a petition calling for a public referendum on an amendment that would legalize Jewish ritual slaughter, or shechitah, in Poland.

    The petition, circulated by the National Council of Agricultural Chambers, or KRIR, was submitted last week to...

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  • Lies, silence surround flouting of Poland’s kosher slaughter ban

    February 27, 2014 | 10:06 am

    After a Polish court tossed out a government regulation permitting kosher slaughter in 2012, Poland’s $500 million ritual slaughter industry was expected to be brought to its knees.

    Evidence shows, however, that not only was kosher slaughter still being performed in Poland as...

  • After Polish ritual slaughter ban, competitors carve up a lucrative market

    February 4, 2014 | 10:08 am

    His designer suits and expensive car project an image of success, but Salah Messikh has been on the brink of bankruptcy for more than a year.

    Messikh, the founder of one of Poland’s oldest halal slaughterhouses, saw his revenues halved because of a 2012 court ruling that...

  • Israeli parliament to convene in Poland

    January 27, 2014 | 11:14 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Moved by concern that few eyewitnesses to the Holocaust remain and determined to ensure that memory of the atrocities of that era pass to the next generation, a majority of Israel's parliamentarians will fly to Poland for a...

  • Israeli lawmakers, Holocaust survivors tour Auschwitz

    January 27, 2014 | 10:47 am

    More than 50 members of the Israeli parliament toured the prisoner blocks at Auschwitz on Monday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

    The delegation was the biggest ever from the Knesset, the 120-seat Israeli parliament, to come to the...

  • Sarah Leisner

    By Jane Ulman

    January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    Sarah Leisner — née Kanzer — was digging foxholes in a frozen field in northern Poland on the bitter cold and dark afternoon of Dec. 31, 1944, when she spied several small houses nearby, with smoke rising from the chimneys. “Let’s break in and steal a needle and thread,” Sarah, 19,...

  • Growing up Jewish in post-WWII Germany

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 9, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    Yascha Mounk’s “Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) starts on an ironic note and stays there. Two decades after the end of World War II, when the latest wave of official anti-Semitism swept over Communist-ruled Poland in...

  • U.S. falters on Auschwitz funds

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is charged with making happen, and the foundation is hoping to collect some $160 million from a...

  • U.S. Holocaust museum returns barracks to Auschwitz

    December 30, 2013 | 10:51 am

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has returned a section of wooden barracks that was given on long-term loan by the Auschwitz museum 24 years ago.

    The barracks — half of a wooden building in which Jewish prisoners slept while imprisoned in the death camp — arrived at Poland’s...

  • Skeletons believed from Warsaw Ghetto uprising discovered

    December 10, 2013 | 11:40 am

    Archaeologists in Warsaw discovered fragments of two human skeletons that likely were buried there during the Polish city’s ghetto uprising.

    On Monday, archaeologists searching through the archive of the Jewish socialist party Bund in the basement of a former house on...

  • Doli Sadger Redner

    By Jane Ulman

    November 14, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    Doli Offner (now Doli Redner) and her older sister, Lea, stood single file along with a group of young women at Auschwitz as Dr. Josef Mengele walked past, dispatching each with a flick of his thumb to one side or another. Lea was sent to the labor camp line and Doli to the gas...

  • Jewish world mourns passing of ex-Polish PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki

    October 29, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland’s first post-Communist prime minister, was being remembered by the Jewish world for fighting anti-Semitism and as a friend of Israel.

    Mazowiecki, a former journalist, died Monday in Warsaw. He was 86.

    “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great...

  • Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, survivor, 94

    October 25, 2013 | 9:10 am

    Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, 94, of Los Angeles passed away at home Oct. 10th with her family by her side. A Holocaust survivor, Sophie inspired many people with both her courage and her warmth.

    Sophie was born in Bedzin, Poland, in 1919 and was trained as a tailor before World War...

  • Letters to the Editor: Judaism in Poland, Jewish values and cleaning up Mount Zion

    October 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Judaism in Poland

    I want to thank and congratulate you for again getting it right (“It’s Warsaw, Jake,” Oct. 18). It’s amazing what happens when power and authority are motivators. Since the Twarda has dealt with only the Orthodox community under Rabbi Michael Schudrich for...

  • Judaism in Poland: It’s Warsaw, Jake

    By Rob Eshman

    October 16, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    You would think that when the Polish edition of Forbes, the internationally respected financial magazine, publishes a front-page exposé on the disappearance of tens of millions of dollars of Holocaust restitution funds, Jews everywhere would be outraged and demand an immediate,...

  • Hadasa Cytrynowicz

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2013 | 10:04 am

    “Don’t speak, don’t cry. The Germans will hear us, and they will kill us.” Four-year-old Hadasa Cytrynowicz — then Dasha Eisenberg — silently clung to her mother, wrapped in the goose down comforter they had brought with them from Konskie, Poland, to a hut near the Bug River,...

  • Torah hidden in Polish monastery is returned

    August 29, 2013 | 11:43 am

    A Torah scroll that has been hidden in a Tuchow monastery since 1942 was returned to the synagogue in Dabrowa Tarnowska in southern Poland.

    The Torah was returned earlier this month but reported for the first time on Aug. 24.

    It had been brought to the monastery in Tuchow,...

  • Making cookies ... And a difference

    August 28, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    Left destitute overnight when the Nazis confiscated his life savings in 1941, Ben Lesser’s father, Lazar, used a 100-pound bag of flour and some salt — a housewarming gift from a friend — to bake pretzels for the local bars in Niepolomice in southern Poland. 

    While his family of...

  • Dorothy Greenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Dorothy Greenstein — then Devorah Kirszenbaum — was upstairs in her family’s apartment in Otwock, Poland, preparing for her first day of third grade and coaxing her 2-year-old nephew to eat when suddenly the whole house shook. Bombs were falling. Dorothy grabbed the toddler and ran...

  • It’s rabbi vs. rabbi in competing campaigns to overturn Poland’s shechitah ban

    August 6, 2013 | 10:54 am

    A few weeks before Poland’s parliament voted last month on whether to overturn a ban on ritual slaughter, Rabbi Menachem Margolin was scheduled to meet the Polish president in an effort to find a solution to the problem.

    The ban had been imposed in January, when a Polish...

  • German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who saved Jews during WWII, dies

    August 1, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who rescued Jewish workers in occupied Poland by employing them during World War II, has died.

    Beitz’s death Tuesday at the age of 99 was announced by the foundation he headed, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung.

    In 1942,...

  • Give Polish Jewry a kosher choice

    July 31, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Remember “Had Gadya”? What satisfaction when, onto the scene of carnage, walks the Holy One of Blessing, and destroys the angel of death that slew the butcher that killed the ox that drank the water that quenched the fire that burned the stick that beat the dog that bit the cat...

  • What’s up with Poland?

    July 24, 2013 | 9:52 am

    As JTA’s Cnaan Liphshiz reported last week, the Polish legislature’s decision not to overturn a ban on kosher slaughter has stirred up a stew of anti-Semitic commentary and led to a sense of unease among some Polish Jews.

    But was the vote the product of a young democracy’s clumsy...

  • Polish minister asks Jews, Muslims to sue over ritual slaughter

    July 23, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A Polish government minister asked Jewish and Muslim representatives to petition the country’s Constitutional Court to sort out conflicting laws that have led to a ban on ritual slaughter.

    According to a statement Monday by the office of Michal Boni, the Polish minister...

  • Poles ban kosher slaughter

    July 17, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    In their Krakow home, Anna Makowka Kwapisiewicz and her husband, Piotr, skim through an online article about Poland’s recent ban on kosher slaughter.

    What they find even more disturbing than the actual news are the comments posted by other readers.

    Hundreds of comments calling...

  • No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 16, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    With great chutzpah and an undercurrent of antisemitism the Polish Parliament has rejected a bill proposed by the government to permit Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter. As has been the case in other European countries that have banned kosher slaughter, the process is deemed...

  • Robert Geminder

    By Jane Ulman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    In the early morning of Oct. 12, 1941, German authorities ordered the Jews of Stanislawow, Poland, to report to the town square. Six-year-old Robert (Bob) Geminder huddled there with his mother, grandmother and brother, George. The group of approximately 20,000 Jews was then...

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