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  • Volunteers from seven countries clean up historic Jewish cemetery in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — An international group of 18 volunteers, aided by seven volunteer Polish scouts from Poznan, is cleaning a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw that is among the world’s largest. The work on the Okopowa Street cemetery, which was founded in 1806 and has over 80,000 identified gravestones, began last week and will continue through…

  • Polish TV station parodies ‘Arbeit macht frei’ sign at Auschwitz in story about Germany

    WARSAW (JTA) — The museum at Auschwitz criticized a right-wing television station in Warswa that adapted the infamous “Arbeit macht frei” sign above the gates of the Nazi death camp into an illustration for a story about German reparations. The illustration for the story on Republika TV about the call by some Polish lawmakers for Germany…

  • Polish soccer fans attack Israeli team after game, two people hurt

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A group of soccer fans in Poland attacked an Israeli team following a game. Two people affiliated with the Israeli team, Hapoel Petach Tikvah, were injured in the incident Wednesday evening in Sochocin, about 45 miles northwest of Warsaw, after the Israelis defeated MKS Ciechanow, 2-0, in an exhibition game. Following the…

  • Prince William and Kate visit former Nazi camp Stutthof in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, visited the site of the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland and met with five Holocaust survivors. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a five-day visit to Poland and Germany, toured the Stutthof Museum on the grounds of the former Nazi camp…

  • Yiddish comes alive in Warsaw every summer

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — When Gołda Tencer, the director of the Shalom Foundation and the Jewish Theater in Warsaw, lit the Sabbath candles last Friday, she was accompanied by dozens of people from various countries. Though their mother tongues differed, the voices at the table were united by a common language: Yiddish. The assembled crowd of…

  • Dozens, including local bishop, attend ceremony commemorating Jedwabne pogrom

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Some 100 people attended a ceremony commemorating the victims of the pogrom in Jedwabne in northeast Poland. For the first time ceremony was attended by Bishop Rafał Markowski, president of the Council for Religious Dialogue and the Committee for Dialogue with Judaism, who said that the Catholic Church prays for the Polish perpetrators of the murder and apologizes…

  • Polish former priest indicted for inciting hatred against Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The prosecutor’s office in the western Poland city of Wroclaw issued an indictment against former priest Jacek Międlar for “public incitement to hatred based on religious and national differences.” He could face up to 2 years in prison. On Nov. 11, 2016, during the Polish Independence Day, Wroclaw hosted the “March of…

  • Ivanka Trump visits Ghetto Uprising memorial in Warsaw

    (JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the Jewish daughter of President Donald Trump, laid a wreath at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland a day after her father was rebuked by Jewish leaders in that country for not visiting the same site. Ivanka Trump, a convert to Judaism, was at the Monument for the…

  • Ceremony marks 71st anniversary of Kielce pogrom

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists prayed together at the gravesite of the victims of the 1946 Kielce pogrom, marking 71 years since non-Jewish neighbors killed 37 Jews who had returned home after surviving the Nazis. “We are here to say that we remember and we will not let such excesses happen…

  • Muslim girls in Poland to study Holocaust turned away from Lublin synagogue

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A group of Muslim girls from Germany said they were prevented from entering a synagogue in Lublin while on a visit to Poland to study the Holocaust. The girls claim they were refused entrance to the synagogue at the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva last week because they were wearing traditional Muslim headgear….