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  • Historians defend professor who wrote of Poles’ complicity in Holocaust

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Polish historians defended an academic in Canada against charges that his Holocaust research falsifies the history of Poland. Historians from the Polish Center for Holocaust Research have criticized the Polish League Against Defamation for publishing a letter signed by 134 scientists and others condemning Jan Grabowski’s works describing the participation of Poles in…

  • Foundations of synagogue destroyed in 1938 uncovered in western Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Archaeologists in Western Poland found the foundations of the New Synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938. The ruins found in the Polish city of Wroclaw belonged to the second largest synagogue in pre-war Germany. The archaeological digs are being conducted with the financial support of German President Frank-Walter Steimeier. The synagogue…

  • Polish publisher sanctioned for comics mocking Polish nationalists

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Polish publisher of a French comic book about Holocaust hero Irena Sendler was sanctioned by the Warsaw City Council for distributing comic books that mock Polish nationalists at a city book fair. Timof Comics during the Warsaw Comic Festival  in May, which the publisher co-sponsored, presented, among others, the first…

  • Books stolen from Polish Jewish communities during WWII donated to foundation

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Some 33 rare books stolen during World War II from Jewish communities located in present-day Poland were donated to the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. The ceremony took place last week at the National Library in Warsaw. Representatives of the Central and Regional Library in Berlin and…

  • Collection of Holocaust documents donated to Auschwitz museum

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The family of a Holocaust survivor has donated his extensive collection of documents related to the Auschwitz death camp and the history of World War II to the archive of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. The family of Wladyslaw Rath handed over 1,893 documents and 29 photographs, the museum announced Thursday….

  • Serge Klarsfeld recognized with top award by Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld was recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. Klarsfeld received the Light of Memory award on Sunday in Izieu, France, from Piotr Cywinski, the director of the Auschwitz Museum, in a ceremony held at a conference marking the 30th anniversary of the trial of Klaus Barbie,…

  • Historic Warsaw Ghetto plum tree has second chance to grow

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A historic mirabelle plum tree from the Warsaw Ghetto has a chance to grow anew after being cut down in December. Seedlings from the tree have grown thanks to a Polish couple who 12 years ago brought three seeds from the historic tree to the United States. The tree was cut…

  • Poland not complying with calls to return Jewish property, report says

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — An independent think tank that monitors restitution issues reported that Poland is the only European Union nation that does not comply with an international understanding allowing for the return of Jewish property seized during World War II. The authors of the report by the European Shoah Legacy Institute note that the countries…

  • Polish court sentences man in burning of a Jew in effigy

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — An appeals court in Wroclaw sentenced a man convicted of the 2015 burning in effigy of a haredi Jew to three months in prison. Piotr Rybak had appealed an earlier sentence of 10 months in prison, with both the defense and prosecution agreeing that he instead serve 10 months of community service….

  • 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…