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  • 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…

  • Record of over 2 million people visited Auschwitz museum in 2016

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – More than 2 million people from around the world visited the Auschwitz museum in 2016, setting a record. The 2,053,000 visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum were led by the host country, Poland, with 424,000, the museum said Monday in a statement on its website. The museum this year marks the…

  • Major Polish Jewish groups denied government funding for minorities

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — For the first time in years, Poland did not grant money to two major Jewish community groups as part of its annual allocations for religious minorities. As part of its annual funding of Polish minority groups, the Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration did not allocate any funds for 2017 to the…

  • Polish Jewish community seeks to resettle Aleppo family

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Jewish community of Wroclaw in western Poland has submitted a request to local authorities for permission to resettle a family from Aleppo, Syria. Alexander Gleichgewicht, the chairman of Wroclaw Jewry, said the community would provide the refugees with housing, money to live on, and admission to school. “We would like…

  • Jewish community of Warsaw sues Polish Jewish history museum over copyright infringement

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Jewish Community of Warsaw is alleging that the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews violated its copyright on translations of historical texts. According to the museum, the suit demands that IT remove fragments of translations of historical texts from the museum’s website, pay the Warsaw Jewish community $7,500…

  • Warsaw university honors Jewish co-creator of the atomic bomb and Nobel winner

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A marble plaque commemorating the late Joseph Rotblat, a co-creator of the atomic bomb and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was unveiled at the University of Warsaw. Rotblat, a Warsaw native, graduated from the university, where the plaque was unveiled Tuesday. “Joseph Rotblat, who in 1938 defended at our university a doctorate…

  • Polish Supreme Court rejects request to overturn Roman Polanski extradition case

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland’s Supreme Court rejected a government request to return the extradition case of filmmaker Roman Polanski to a Krakow court. “Even if we agree with certain views contained in the appeal, we found that the ruling issued by the Krakow Court didn’t violate the law,” Judge Michal Laskowski said Tuesday. Polanski,…

  • Polish man sentenced for burning effigy of haredi Jew

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) -– A Polish man was sentenced to prison for burning an effigy of a haredi Orthodox Jew at a demonstration against Muslim refugees in western Poland. Piotr Rybak received a 10-month jail sentence on Monday for burning the effigy in the Wroclaw central market in November 2015. The decision by the Wroclaw…