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

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – 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…

  • Polish government wants to take over, upgrade Treblinka museum

    (JTA) — 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 the regional government of Mazovia, the Rzeczpospolita…

  • Warsaw Jewish theater locked out over real estate dispute

    WARSAW (JTA) — Locked out by their landlord, Warsaw’s historic Jewish Theatre said its actors will protest by performing for free at a city square. Ghelamco, the company that owns the building where the theater operates, blocked entrance to it beginning Thursday. Looking to build a new high-rise at the site and move the theater, they cited a decision by the…

  • Jewish Theatre in Warsaw closed over building’s dangerous condition

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Jewish Theatre building in Warsaw was closed at the request of the district construction supervisor’s office. The official reason given for the closure on Friday night is the poor physical condition of the building. For the past several months, however, a private developer who wants to build an office skyscraper at the…

  • Record attendance overwhelms organizers of Auschwitz bike ride

    WARSAW (JTA) — A record 150 cyclists or more are scheduled to participate in the third Holocaust commemorative Ride for the Living in Poland. Participants aged 16-81 from eight countries are scheduled to join the 55-mile trek from the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland to the Jewish community center in Krakow that begins on Friday….

  • Auschwitz museum staffers discover jewelry in false bottom of victim’s mug

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Staffers at the Auschwitz museum found a gold ring hidden in a false bottom of one of the cups on display in the  main exhibition. During conservation work on one of the enamel mugs, a double, or false, bottom was discovered, the museum said in a statement this week. Inside the…

  • Lech Walesa says on Facebook he regrets he is not Jewish

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Former Polish President Lech Walesa wrote on his Facebook page that he regrets he is not Jewish and that there are no Jewish members of his family. He noted in the April 26th Facebook post that if he were younger he would “fix this mistake.” Lech Walesa in Poland is known…

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

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — 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 Union of the Jewish Communities in…

  • Rabbi in Poland not actually a rabbi, journalist discovers

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — 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…

  • Princeton Holocaust scholar grilled by Polish policy for saying Poles killed Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A Polish prosecutor interrogated a Jewish historian who researched Polish complicity in the Holocaust to determine if he had criminally insulted the nation. Jan Tomasz Gross, a Polish-American professor based at Princeton University, published an article in the German newspaper Die Welt that said Poles “had killed more Jews than the Germans…