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  • Polish President Makes Historic Synagogue Visit

    A president of Poland visited a synagogue for the first time since World War II, Polish Radio reported. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife visited the Nozyk synagogue in Warsaw on Sunday. The president, the first sitting Polish president to visit a synagogue in more than 60 years, lit the first candle for Chanukah in… More ▸

  • Interfaith Effort in a Polish Town Cleans Up Cemetery Desecration

    Local Polish officials and Catholic teens wasted little time in joining local Jews to clean up one of the biggest cemetery desecrations in postwar Polish history. On Sunday, police discovered that some 100 graves in the Jewish cemetery of Czestochowa were covered with anti-Semitic graffiti. On Tuesday the cleanup began in the southern Polish town…. More ▸

  • Backers of Polish Museum Hope Groundbreaking Boosts Fund Raising

    Supporters and staff of a new museum on Polish Jewry are hoping a high-profile groundbreaking ceremony will draw in the additional funds needed to finish what aims to be Europe’s largest Jewish cultural attraction under one roof. The June 26 groundbreaking at the site in Warsaw where the Museum of the History of Polish Jews… More ▸

  • 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 ▸