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  • 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…

  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau sheds tears on Auschwitz visit

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Auschwitz memorial, wiping away tears several times. Among those joining Trudeau on his tour Sunday of the former Nazi death camp was Nate Leipciger, a former prisoner there who immigrated to Canada from his native Poland in 1948 at the age of 18. Among…

  • Jewish artifacts in glass decanter of valuables found in Polish town

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A backhoe operator working on a construction site in Poland dug up a glass decanter filled with valuables, including Jewish artifacts. Among the objects discovered inside the decanter found June 15 in Minsk Mazowiecki were kiddush cups, silver cutlery, a gold pocket watch and gold coins. The owner of the objects,…

  • Marking 70th anniversary of Jewish massacre, Polish president slams anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — The president of Poland strongly condemned anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and xenophobia in leading the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of a massacre of Jews after World War II. Andrzej Sebastian Duda spoke Monday in the southeastern town of Kielce, where communist police and a mob killed 42 — nearly all…

  • Leader of Poland’s largest political party honors victims of synagogue burning

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The leader of the largest political party in Poland took part in ceremonies commemorating the burning of a synagogue in Bialystok during the Holocaust that killed about 1,000 Jews. In his speech Monday at the Great Synagogue of Bialystok, Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice Party stressed German responsibility for…

  • Torah scroll that sat in home closet 15 years donated to Polish museum

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Torah scroll that sat forgotten in a closet of a home in Poland for 15 years was donated to a museum in the country. Waldemar Sawicki, the owner of a home in the western Polish city of Zielona Gora, gave the scroll to the Museum of Lubusz Region, also in…

  • Polish government wants to take over, upgrade Treblinka museum

    (JTA) — Poland’s government offered to take over from a local authority the responsibility for preserving the grounds of the former Nazi death camp Treblinka, where 870,000 people were murdered. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage made the offer in a letter it sent last week to the regional government of Mazovia, the Rzeczpospolita…

  • Warsaw Jewish theater locked out over real estate dispute

    WARSAW (JTA) — Locked out by their landlord, Warsaw’s historic Jewish Theatre said its actors will protest by performing for free at a city square. Ghelamco, the company that owns the building where the theater operates, blocked entrance to it beginning Thursday. Looking to build a new high-rise at the site and move the theater, they cited a decision by the…

  • Jewish Theatre in Warsaw closed over building’s dangerous condition

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The Jewish Theatre building in Warsaw was closed at the request of the district construction supervisor’s office. The official reason given for the closure on Friday night is the poor physical condition of the building. For the past several months, however, a private developer who wants to build an office skyscraper at the…

  • Record attendance overwhelms organizers of Auschwitz bike ride

    WARSAW (JTA) — A record 150 cyclists or more are scheduled to participate in the third Holocaust commemorative Ride for the Living in Poland. Participants aged 16-81 from eight countries are scheduled to join the 55-mile trek from the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland to the Jewish community center in Krakow that begins on Friday….