Poland

  • Promises on Polish Reparations, but Will a Deal Ever Get Done?

    Israel Singer was in performance mode. At an American Embassy party, the president of the Claims Conference demanded “some measure of justice” for Jews whose property was confiscated by the Nazis and the former Polish communist government. “Stop hiding behind the mask of poverty or the claim of being a second-class citizen in the European… More ▸

  • Polish Embassy, Theater Spar over Play About Anti-semitism

    A planned production by the Jewish Theater of New York on anti-Semitism in Lodz has generated an angry exchange of letters with the Polish government. Piotr Erenfeicht, press secretary for the Polish Embassy in Washington, complained about the portrayal of his country in online publicity materials for “Last Jew in Europe, a tragicomedy about the… More ▸

  • Jews Are a Detriment to Europe, Polish Politician Says in New Book

    A Polish member of the European Parliament has published a booklet suggesting that Jews are unethical, are obsessed with separateness and are a “tragic community” because they don’t accept Jesus as the messiah. The extreme right-wing parliamentarian Maciej Giertych, an influential member of the nationalistic, Catholic-based League of Polish Families, released “Civilization at War in… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic Bookstore’s Demise Closes a Hateful Chapter in Poland

    In the end it wasn’t the years of lawsuits and pressure from Catholic and Jewish groups that caused the demise of Poland’s best-known haven of anti-Semitic literature, but a newly appointed parish priest who decided enough was enough. The Antyk bookstore, which quietly closed in October, had become a symbol of some of the last… More ▸

  • Polish Official Faces Uphill Battle to Weed out Racism from His Party

    Poland’s education minister has been fighting for a year to prove that he and his party, the ultra-conservative League of Polish Families, have rejected anti-Semitism. But two recent incidents connecting the league with neo-Nazis reveal the uphill battle Roman Giertych faces and suggest that more needs to be done to eradicate xenophobia from Polish political… More ▸

  • Survivor from Poland Makes Dialogue His Own Historical Legacy

    Until recently, it was thought that a particular truckload of Jews selected for death by the Nazis in Czestochowa were all lined up, shot and killed. But as Sigmund Rolat, who survived the Holocaust in the Polish town, tells the audience about a day he thought he knew so well in the former Jewish ghetto,… More ▸

  • Poland is Israel’s New Best Friend, As Evidenced by Recent Nobel Proposal

    A Polish-Israeli Nobel Peace Prize candidate? Sounds crazy, no? The idea was advanced by Polish President Lech Kaczynski during his visit to Israel last month and received the enthusiastic support of Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres. The proposed Nobel candidate, Irena Sendlerowa, 96, is a Polish Catholic who oversaw the children’s section of Zegota, the… More ▸

  • Polish Leaders United in Blood and in Opposition to Anti-semitism

    During big-issue speeches on alliances and cooperation made by the Polish president and prime minister during their recent diplomatic trips, the identical twin leaders also recited what has become a well-rehearsed mantra for them. “There is no place for anti-Semitism in Poland, and we will do everything in our power to fight it whenever and… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Photography Museum in Poland Documents the Country’s Jewish Life

    In the heart of what once was the Jewish Kazimierz district sits a photojournalist’s memorial to a once-thriving Jewish Poland. Images of ruined synagogues in the Polish countryside hang against a bare brick backdrop in a spare building that once housed a Jewish-owned factory. The Galicia Jewish Museum was established by British photographer Chris Schwartz… More ▸