Poland

  • Arts & Culture Jewish Artist Creates Memorial for Post-wwii Pogrom in Poland

    The American son of Holocaust survivors is creating Kielce’s first permanent public memorial to Poland’s most infamous episode of postwar violence against Jews. The monument, designed by New York-born artist Jack Sal, is to be unveiled July 4, the 60th anniversary of the so-called Kielce pogrom, an attack by a Polish mob that killed 42… More ▸

  • U.S. Students Discover Holocaust Through Short Stories of Polish Shtetl

    Luboml was a shtetl in Poland. People worked there, had families, went to synagogue, fell in love, even ate ice cream. Its inhabitants were among the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Now imagine that shtetl coming to life again, in the hearts and minds of teenagers at a Florida high school. Since February,… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic Polish Radio Station Lands Itself in Fresh, Political Trouble

    A Polish radio station previously censured for its anti-Semitic content has landed in fresh controversy. Nine years ago, after repeatedly airing anti-Semitic broadcasts, Catholic-run Radio Maryja was told by the head of the Polish Church to clean up its act. Even Polish-born Pope John Paul II expressed his displeasure with the station, run by the… More ▸

  • Who’s One of Israel’s Best Friends? the Answer is Surprising — Poland

    The newly elected president of a European country, in his first interview for that country’s largest newspaper, compared himself to Ariel Sharon to explain the policies he intends to pursue. His country has troops on the ground in Iraq, close military ties with Israel and a voting pattern on Middle Eastern issues in the United… More ▸

  • Polish Politician Draws Rebuke After Call for Synagogue’s Demolition

    A well-known Polish politician’s call for the demolition of the New Synagogue in the city of Poznan has drawn fierce criticism from Polish Jewish leaders, as well as an anti-racism group. A leader of the 12-member Jewish community of Poznan, Alicja Kobus, described Marcin Libicki’s statements as “shocking.” Another senior member of the community described… More ▸

  • Jews Mixed on New Polish Leader, Who Has Several Extremist Friends

    The new president of Poland was elected with the backing of anti-Semitic supporters. But not all Polish Jewish officials believe that Lech Kaczynski, who will take office in December, should be criticized for his extremist bedfellows. Kaczynski, the former mayor of Warsaw, was elected last month, narrowly defeating outgoing President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who is popular… More ▸

  • U.S. Cadets Say Trip to Jewish Sites in Poland Will Help Them in the Future

    The only remaining synagogue in Oswiecim, the Polish town where Auschwitz was located, is not the kind of place you would expect to find future American military leaders. But for two weeks in June, this is exactly where a group of 12 cadets from the Army, Navy and Air Force academies were, studying the lessons… More ▸