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  • Demolition begins on Jewish Theater building in Warsaw

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Work began on demolishing the Jewish Theater building in Warsaw. The demolition of the building at Grzybowski Square began Friday, but actors, staff and spectators came to the site on Saturday to say goodbye to the 50-year-old building. The demolition could last for several weeks as it is dismantled in accordance…

  • American Jewish Committee returns to Warsaw

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The American Jewish Committee returned to Warsaw after eight years. AJC on Monday opened a new office in the city dedicated to serving Poland and six other Central European countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia. “Welcome home!” Andrzej Folwarczny, founder of the Forum for Dialogue and recipient…

  • Warsaw residents burn effigy of Jewish women

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A group of Warsaw residents celebrated the first day of spring by burning the effigy of a Jewish woman. A video from last week’s incident was removed from YouTube. A Polish prosecutor reportedly will investigate the incident, the Wporst news website reported. The recording features a group called Conscience of the…

  • Protesters who killed sheep, stripped and chained themselves to Auschwitz gate charged

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Eleven protesters who slaughtered a sheep, stripped and chained themselves to the gate of the Auschwitz memorial have been charged with desecrating a monument. The Polish, Belarusian and German demonstrators — seven men and four women all in their 20s — gathered Friday afternoon next to the gate of the former Nazi concentration camp…

  • 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…