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  • Polish Supreme Court rejects request to overturn Roman Polanski extradition case

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland’s Supreme Court rejected a government request to return the extradition case of filmmaker Roman Polanski to a Krakow court. “Even if we agree with certain views contained in the appeal, we found that the ruling issued by the Krakow Court didn’t violate the law,” Judge Michal Laskowski said Tuesday. Polanski,…

  • Polish man sentenced for burning effigy of haredi Jew

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) -– A Polish man was sentenced to prison for burning an effigy of a haredi Orthodox Jew at a demonstration against Muslim refugees in western Poland. Piotr Rybak received a 10-month jail sentence on Monday for burning the effigy in the Wroclaw central market in November 2015. The decision by the Wroclaw…

  • Burned effigy of haredi Jew was supposed to represent George Soros, Polish defendant testifies

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The defendant on trial in Poland for burning an effigy of a haredi Orthodox Jew said it was supposed to represent Jewish philanthropist George Soros. Piotr Ryba testified Monday in a Wroclaw municipal court about the effigy burned in the central market of the city in November 2015 at the end of…

  • Polish Independence Day celebration at Warsaw synagogue cancelled over security concerns

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Board of the Jewish Community of Warsaw cancelled a celebration of Poland’s Independence Day in the city’s historic Nozyk synagogue, reportedly citing security concerns. The Jewish community learned of the cancellation Thursday, the eve of the scheduled celebration, which was to be held on Independence Day. Among the scheduled speakers…

  • Religious leaders from Israel visit Poland, meet with Jewish and Catholic leaders

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The leaders of several religious groups in Israel visited Poland to learn about Jewish life there now and in the past. On Sunday the delegation met with representatives of Warsaw’s Jewish community at the Nozyk synagogue and the following day visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Later the group…

  • Poles who preserve country’s Jewish heritage awarded

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poles involved in the preserving of Jewish heritage in Poland received awards during two separate ceremonies in Warsaw. Professor Ewa Geller received the Jan Karski & Pola Nirenska Award during an award ceremony at the Jewish Historical Institute. Geller teaches at Warsaw University’s Department of Neophilology. She earned a PhD degree in…

  • Warsaw’s Jewish Theatre finds temporary spaces to perform

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Jewish Theatre in Warsaw has found new temporary venues with the help of two government ministries. The historic company has faced eviction since the beginning of June when its landlord, looking to build a new high-rise on the site, blocked access to the theater. At a news conference this week, the theater unveiled plans to launch a…

  • Polish right-wing groups seek to deny that Kielce pogrom was motivated by anti-Semitism

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Representatives of right-wing organizations have applied to the Institute of National Remembrance to resume investigation of the Kielce pogrom, saying its cause was not anti-Semitism. In the application submitted this week, they claim the murders in the 1946 pogrom, which killed 42 Polish Jews, were committed by Communist officials and not…

  • Polish women working in Jewish organizations join strike over proposed tightened abortion law

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Polish women working for Jewish organizations joined other women in striking their jobs over proposed changes in the law on family planning in the country. Thousands of women in many cities throughout Poland held protests on “Black Monday” in opposition to stricter anti-abortion legislation proposed by an independent group that would forbid…

  • Polish priest did not commit hate crime, prosecutor finds

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Prosecutor’s Office in Bialystok has ended an investigation of a Polish priest who spoke of Jews being a “cancer” during a sermon, determining that no hate crime had been committed. In a sermon on April 16 in Bialystok, Father Jacek Miedlar spoke of the “cancer which swept Poland,” apparently meaning Jews. He…