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  • 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…

  • Polish Jewry museum wins European Museum of the Year Award

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw has won the European Museum of the Year Award. The 2016 winner was announced at a ceremony on Saturday in San Sebastian, Spain. The museum opened to the public in April 2013. Its core exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews,…

  • Poland’s US ambassador says far right smeared him for Jewish origins

    WARSAW (JTA) — Poland’s ambassador to the United States said he and his family were the targets of a “campaign of harassment, slander and lies” launched by the far-right media over his Jewish origins. Ryszard Schnepf, in a Facebook post published Saturday, said the campaign started with an article written in the Gazeta Polska, a right-wing…

  • Poland allocates funds to renovate historic synagogue

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland allocated $26,000 for the renovation of the 18th century synagogue in Przysucha, in eastern Poland. The historic building is owned by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, or FODZ, which for several years has applied for funding for the revitalization of the building. Renovations began in 2007 when FODZ…

  • Polish president opens museum for Righteous among Nations

    WARSAW (JTA) — Amid a public debate about Poland’s Holocaust-era record, the country’s president attended the opening of a museum for non-Jews who saved Jews’ lives during the genocide. At a ceremony attended by approximately 2,000 people, Andrzej Duda on Thursday spoke of anti-Semitism as not only hateful to Jews, but also disrespectful to the memory of…

  • Polish institute stops investigation into WWII murder of 70 Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Institute of National Remembrance in Bialystok has discontinued the investigation into the 1941 murders of at least 70 Jewish citizens in a Polish town. Prosecutors have not identified and additional perpetrators besides the two Polish men already sentenced for the killings in Wasosz, in northeastern Poland, shortly after World War II. According…