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  • Krakow march recalls centuries-old Jewish presence

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Hundreds marched through the streets of Krakow to commemorate the centuries-old Jewish presence in the city in an event organized by local Christian organizations. Marchers waved Polish and Israeli flags at the “memory march” held Sunday. Among those on hand was the Krakow bishop, Grzegorz Rys. The aim of the march…

  • Warsaw’s Jewish theater holds public Shabbat dinner as future uncertain

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Several hundred people attended a Shabbat dinner organized by the director of the Jewish Theatre here, which has a rich history and an uncertain future. Golda Tencer, who also heads the Shalom Foundation, held the public celebration Friday evening in Grzybowski Square. Long tables were set with challah, fruits, kosher dishes and sweets. The…

  • Lithuanian towns mark 75th anniversary of Holocaust massacres of Jews

    (JTA) — The president of Lithuania called the Holocaust a tragedy for the entire country at a ceremony commemorating the 1941 massacre of Jewish residents in Moletai. “Their memory is an uncompromising obligation for all Lithuanian people to fight against hatred, violence, discrimination and indifference, and to respect and protect those who are around us,”…

  • European Union allocates $1.5 million to expand Lodz train station museum

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The European Union allocated $1.5 million for the expansion of the museum at the Radegast train station in Lodz, from which Jews were shipped to death camps during the Holocaust. The money will be used to modernize the building and construct a multimedia model of the Lodz Ghetto, which existed from April…

  • Jewish center slated for Polish town with no Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Jewish center will be built in a central Poland town that has been empty of Jews since the Holocaust. The foundation stone for the center in Radomsko, a town of about 48,000 approximately 115 miles from Warsaw, was laid Monday. It is being built to host the hundreds of Hasidic…

  • Poland proposes to jail users of term ‘Polish death camps’

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Polish government proposed a bill that would make the use of terms like “Polish death camps” a crime punishable by jail time. The bill, which the government put forward Tuesday, would prohibit assigning blame to Poland for the actions of Nazi Germany. Historians and artists would be exempt in their…

  • Pope Francis becomes newest Krakow JCC member

    (JTA) – Pope Francis is the newest member of the Krakow Jewish Community Center. JCC Executive Director Jonathan Ornstein presented the pontiff with a JCC membership card and an acid-green JCC T-shirt during a reception Sunday at the residence of the archbishop in Krakow. Francis was concluding a four-day visit to Poland to mark the Roman Catholic…

  • Warsaw march commemorates doctors, nurses who worked in ghetto

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Some 700 people marched through the streets of Warsaw to remember the doctors, nurses and other health care workers who gave aid to Jewish ghetto residents during the World War II era. The march began Friday at the monument at the Umschlagplatz, the square where Jews during the German occupation were…

  • Polish officials rapped for perceived revisionism of Holocaust history

    (JTA) — Several Jewish organizations condemned recent statements by Polish officials that the critics see as detrimental to historical accuracy on the Holocaust and World War II. The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia last week took aim at Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz for telling the public broadcaster TVP that Russians were actually behind…

  • Jedwabne mayor calls for exhumation of Jewish mass grave

    (JTA) — The mayor of a Polish town where locals killed and buried hundreds of Jews added his voice to a growing chorus of officials seeking to exhume the bodies from a mass grave to see if German soldiers were the killers. Michael Chajewski, the mayor of the town in northeastern Poland, told Gazeta Wyborcza…