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  • Poland’s US ambassador says far right smeared him for Jewish origins

    WARSAW (JTA) — Poland’s ambassador to the United States said he and his family were the targets of a “campaign of harassment, slander and lies” launched by the far-right media over his Jewish origins. Ryszard Schnepf, in a Facebook post published Saturday, said the campaign started with an article written in the Gazeta Polska, a right-wing…

  • Poland allocates funds to renovate historic synagogue

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland allocated $26,000 for the renovation of the 18th century synagogue in Przysucha, in eastern Poland. The historic building is owned by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, or FODZ, which for several years has applied for funding for the revitalization of the building. Renovations began in 2007 when FODZ…

  • Polish president opens museum for Righteous among Nations

    WARSAW (JTA) — Amid a public debate about Poland’s Holocaust-era record, the country’s president attended the opening of a museum for non-Jews who saved Jews’ lives during the genocide. At a ceremony attended by approximately 2,000 people, Andrzej Duda on Thursday spoke of anti-Semitism as not only hateful to Jews, but also disrespectful to the memory of…

  • Polish institute stops investigation into WWII murder of 70 Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Institute of National Remembrance in Bialystok has discontinued the investigation into the 1941 murders of at least 70 Jewish citizens in a Polish town. Prosecutors have not identified and additional perpetrators besides the two Polish men already sentenced for the killings in Wasosz, in northeastern Poland, shortly after World War II. According…

  • Warsaw ceremony remembers Jews forced out of Poland in ’68

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A ceremony at a Warsaw train station commemorated the 20,000 Jews who were forced out of Poland because of the  anti-Semitic campaign of March 1968. Golda Tencer, director of the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw, who organized Tuesday’s event at the Gdansk Station, said at the ceremony that the crisis in 1968…

  • Construction crew unearths bones at site of former Nazi camp

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A construction crew unearthed bones at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp in Plaszow, near Krakow. The workers were repairing a decades-old gas pipeline on the property last week adjacent to the former funeral home of a Jewish cemetery on which the camp was established during World War II….

  • Polish town saves Jewish cemetery from developers

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A town in central Poland will protect a Jewish cemetery from being developed into a residential complex with underground parking. The City Council of Grodzisk Mazowiecki has leased the land to the Jewish cemetery within its historic boundaries from developer Futura G.M., preventing the company from building a residential complex on the land….

  • Poland to reevaluate state honor to Jewish historian

    The office of President Andrzej Duda confirmed its request to reconsider the national honor, which was given in 1996 to Prof. Jan Gross, who wrote the controversial 2001 book “Neighbors,” about a 1941 pogrom against Jews in the town of Jedwabne.

  • Bill would sue for use of term ‘Polish death camps’

    International media outlets frequently use the term “Polish death camp,” or “Polish concentration camp” to describe German Nazi concentration and death camps located in Poland.

  • Polish president honors 17 Warsaw Jewish theater actors

    President Andrzej Duda conferred the honors on 17 actors at a ceremony that took place at the Jewish Theatre on Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.