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

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    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...

  • Warsaw to restore 1,000 Jewish tombstones used for construction

    August 15, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    The City of Warsaw has agreed to return and preserve 1,000 Jewish headstones that were used to construct a recreational facility inside one of the city’s parks.

    The headstones, which are currently part of a pergola and stairs at a park in Warsaw’s Praga district, will be returned...

  • 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...

  • Warsaw’s other uprising

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    December 4, 2013 | 6:34 pm

    For most Jewish readers, I suspect, the phrase “Warsaw uprising” refers to the stirring last stand of the Jewish ghetto fighters in 1943.  But there was quite another upwelling of armed resistance in Warsaw a year later, and that’s the focus of “Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler and the...

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  • Russia giving up to $1 million to Auschwitz conservation fund

    August 14, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Russia will contribute up to $1 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation for the conservation and maintenance of the site of the former Nazi concentration camp.

    Russia’s pledge was reported Tuesday by the Polskie Radio website, which cited a statement issued by the Russian...

  • 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...

  • Opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 16, 2013 | 3:16 am

    I'm in Warsaw for events marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising -- and yesterday I filed a story for JTA on the "soft" opening of the long-awaited, long-delayed Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

    Though I am not in love with the exterior of the buildng --...

  • Moving speeches mark March of the Living

    April 10, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    Spring came exceptionally late to southern Poland this year, the patches of snow along the railway track into the former Birkenau concentration camp a reminder that winter had begun to loosen its grip just two days earlier. Yet that didn’t stop some 11,000 people marching the 3...

  • Australian businessman and survivor Frank Lowy addresses March of the Living

    April 10, 2013 | 5:29 am

    Australian-based Holocaust survivor Frank Lowy delivered the keynote address at the March of the Living ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Yom Hashoah.

    The program also marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

    Lowy, who survived the war on the run from his...

  • Poland has one month supply of kosher meat left

    April 8, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Poland's Jewish community has about a one month supply of kosher meat left, following a ban on ritual slaughter that went into effect at the beginning of the year.

    Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, confirmed to JTA on Monday from...

  • How the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum changed my life

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 3, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    My daughter, Ilana, then a young college student, asked if she could go with me to the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on April 22, 1993 (the date was tied to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’s 50th anniversary). I said: “I will be leaving very early.” She...

  • Help needed for Passover seder in Warsaw

    By Mark Paredes

    March 15, 2013 | 9:34 pm

    People who know me well know that if I had millions of dollars to give to charity, one of my projects would be to help build up the LDS and Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. I have spoken on the Mormon-Jewish connection in Hungary, Poland, and Romania, and remain optimistic...

  • Man arrested after altercation with Israeli teens at Warsaw airport

    March 14, 2013 | 8:31 am

    Polish police arrested a man suspected of intimidating a group of religious Israeli teenagers at the Warsaw airport.

    A spokesperson for Chopin International Airport in Warsaw said “a minor incident” occurred on March 11 when police officers arrested a man who approached one of...

  • Abe Rosenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 13, 2013 | 9:01 am

    "Abe, go. You’re young. You’re not afraid to work.” Bronia Rosenstein, Abe’s older sister, urged him to answer a call for strong, healthy men to work outside the Lodz ghetto. It was November 1940. Abe was 21 and for nine months he had been living in one small room with his parents,...

  • Reconstruction of synagogue roof unveiled at Warsaw Jewish museum

    March 12, 2013 | 8:53 am

    The reconstructed roof of a 17th-century synagogue was unveiled at Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

    The replica of the now defunct wooden Gwozdziec Synagogue was presented Tuesday to journalists in a sneak preview of what will be the core exhibition of the museum,...

  • Polish interfaith donor Aleksander Gudzowaty dies at 75

    February 15, 2013 | 5:51 am

    Polish businessman and philanthropist Aleksander Gudzowaty, who sponsored Jerusalem’s Tolerance Monument, has died at 75.

    One of the wealthiest people in Poland, Gudzowaty, who died of Feb. 14 at a hospital in Warsaw, was born in Lodz and in 1989 started the gas company...

  • Warsaw Jews want to trade historic building for new offices

    February 4, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The Jewish community of Warsaw is advancing plans to demolish one of its historic ghetto-era buildings in favor of new offices.

    Under the plan, the White House on Twarda Street would be replaced with a 20-story building where the community, which has tripled in size since the...

  • Hitler statue unveiled outside former Warsaw Ghetto

    December 31, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    An Italian artist reportedly placed a statue of Adolf Hitler in a building outside what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto.

    The statue, which depicts Hitler kneeling and is titled “Him,” is part of a new exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan titled "Amen," according to the Simon Wiesenthal...

  • 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...

  • Polish architects design five sukkot for display in Warsaw

    October 5, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Five sukkot designed by Polish architects are being displayed in a public square in Warsaw.

    The Poland office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which initiated and organized the Warsaw sukkot exhibition, had the temporary Jewish ceremonial dwellings placed at...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Muslims, Warsaw Ghetto, electric cars

    November 9, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    Suspicion of Muslim World Is Warranted

    Another word for “out of control” is anarchy (“The Muslim World Is Out of Control,” Nov. 4).

    Anarchy is breaking out in Yemen, where the embattled president insists on holding his grip over raging tribal factions and youth resistance....

  • Tracking a Warsaw ghetto fighter

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    I met Leon Weinstein, hale and hearty at 101, three months ago and listened to his dramatic recollections as a fighter and survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, one of the bravest chapters in modern Jewish history.

    By normal journalistic practice, the article should have been...

  • The new life

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2010 | 10:57 am

    Three things about Poland shocked me.

    The first shock came when I arrived in Warsaw on a very clear fall day last week — a bright blue sky, miles of green parks, the afternoon sun glinting off glass-fronted office towers in shades of steel, silver and blue.  I was taken aback,...

  • Shame on the MPAA

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    The only good that may come out of the MPAA’s shortsighted decision to give the documentary “A Film Unfinished” an R rating is that the spurt of controversy the action has caused might make more people aware of this important and powerful film.

    Last night the Simon Wiesenthal...

  • Not your father’s Poland

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm



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  • Timeline: Jewish life in Poland from 1098

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Recently released color footage of the Warsaw Ghetto.WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
    1098: Information on Jews in Poland begins to appear in Polish chronicles

    1241: A new era of colonization in Poland begins and Jewish immigrants are sought

    1264: Polish Prince Boleslaus issues the Statute of...

  • Why Is This Seder Different?

    By Dafna Hochman

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Every year, the retelling of the story of Passover sparks the same intergenerational debate around our family's seder table. Like singing "Dayenu" or eating charoset, we look forward to our traditional discussion of the nature and extent of anti-Semitism. My father, with my...

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