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  • Polish Jews commemorate anti-Semitic campaign of 1968

    WARSAW (JTA) — Polish Jews held a ceremony commemorating the anti-Semitic campaign of March 1968, when Polish authorities forced several thousand Jews who survived the Holocaust to leave the country. Golda Tencer, director of the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw, and the Shalom Foundation, organized the ceremony on Wednesday. “Our parents, after the experiences of war,…

  • American Jewish Committee official in Warsaw admits stealing cosmetics, resigns

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — An American Jewish Committee official in Warsaw — who twice served as Bulgaria’s ambassador to the United States —  was detained for stealing cosmetics at the Polish capital’s airport. Police said Elena Poptodorova, the director of the AJC’s Warsaw office for Central Europe, admitted her guilt after stepping out of a duty-free…

  • Sobibor closing to visitors during work to protect graves, build museum

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The memorial site on the grounds of the former Sobibor Nazi death camp will be closed to visitors during planned construction of a museum and work to protect the mass graves of camp victims. Work on the first stage of the international project to create a memorial is set to begin…

  • Polish official charged for allowing former Jewish school building to be demolished

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A Polish conservator is facing a prison term for allowing the demolition of a former Jewish school building in central Poland. The Prosecutor’s Office in Konin this week charged the conservator, identified as Janusz T. in Polish news reports, for abuse of power by a public official. Janusz headed up a…

  • Krakow JCC Poland receives grant to create pluralistic Jewish nursery school

    KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) — The  JCC of Krakow has received a $500,000 grant from the New York City-based Eric and Erica Schwartz Family Foundation, the largest single grant awarded to a Krakow Jewish organization in the last 20 years. The funds will support the creation of an Early Childhood Center at JCC Krakow located in Kazimierz,…

  • Police in Poland raid offices of center monitoring racism and xenophobia

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Police raided the offices of the Center for Monitoring Racist and Xenophobic Behavior in Warsaw as part of a fraud investigation. The search Friday came at the request of the Bialystok prosecutor’s office as part of its probe into fraud, counterfeiting of documents and other offenses, Lukasz Janyst, a spokesman for prosecutors…

  • List of Auschwitz commanders and guards posted online

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A list of the names of Nazi SS commanders and guards who served at the Auschwitz concentration camp was published online. The list, believed to be the most complete ever, went online Monday at the website http://en.truthaboutcamps.eu/. The list was prepared by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial…

  • Auschwitz museum appeals to Germans and Austrians for personal SS documents

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum has appealed to Germans and Austrians to donate documents, photographs, personal letters or any other materials related to the SS staff of the camp. “Without a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the motivation and mentality of the perpetrators, our efforts to wisely counsel future generations…

  • Polish president meets with Jewish community leaders ahead of Israel visit

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Polish President Andrzej Duda met with representatives of the country’s Jewish community, ahead of an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Duda, during his meeting with Jewish officials on Thursday explained that this year there was no traditional Hanukkah meeting at the presidential palace because Hanukkah coincided with Christmas….

  • Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-Jewish sociologist and philosopher, dies at 91

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Zygmunt Bauman, a Polish-Jewish sociologist and philosopher who authored more than 50 books, has died. Bauman, who wrote on subjects ranging from the fluidity of identity in the modern world to consumerism, died Monday at his home in Leeds, England. He was 91. His work focused on the outcasts and the marginalized, and dealt…