• Besieged by Hezbollah Rockets, Israeli Kids Find Shelter in — Poland

    Even a decade ago, almost no one could have predicted that Poland, of all places, would serve as a refuge for Israeli children. But a country that some Jews still think of as ground zero for European anti-Semitism is among the first in Central and Eastern Europe to sponsor a free getaway for young Israelis… More ▸

  • Profile Polish Minister with Spotty Ancestry Claims His Party is Not Anti-semitic

    Handsome, articulate and full of sympathetic words for the “Jewish nation,” Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych is asked to account for years of anti-Semitic statements made by members of his party, the League of Polish Families. His indirect reply might be interpreted as a desire to obscure his party’s past, or an honest attempt to… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Israeli Diplomat’s Remarks Spark Controversy in Poland

    Political pandemonium erupted in Poland following an Israeli diplomat’s condemnation of Education Minister Roman Giertych, whose party has a history of anti-Semitism. Israeli Ambassador David Peleg told Israeli Radio last Friday in Krakow that Israel would not speak to Giertych or continue cooperating with his ministry on programs involving Israeli student visits or Holocaust education…. More ▸

  • Controversial Polish Politician Says He is Just Misunderstood

    Known at home as the farmer’s fanatical friend and known abroad for praising Hitler’s economic policies, Andrzej Lepper says he has been misquoted, misunderstood and misused. Yes, Poland’s deputy prime minister is a permanently tanned populist, former pig farmer and agricultural union chief who blockaded roads in 1990s protests, poured manure on local officials and… More ▸

  • Not Just for Jews: Companies Show Support for Polish Jewish Museum

    Anyone who thinks the planned $58 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews doesn’t have the support of general Polish society might have to reconsider. Eleven leaders from the country’s top business and employer associations joined forces recently to announce their endorsement of the museum and to urge members to contribute financially. “For all… More ▸

  • Pope’s Auschwitz Visit Unifies Faiths, Even As Poland Battles Anti-semitism

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi’s desire to say the Mourner’s Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians. In fact, there were so many debates over the tenor of the event that two separate ceremonies were… More ▸

  • 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 ▸