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  • Polish Jewish groups say they don’t feel safe due to rise in anti-Semitism

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Twenty-three Jewish organizations in Poland signed a joint letter in which they emphasize that they do not feel safe in Poland and call for mutual “respect and truth.” “Increasingly, hate speech has escaped the confines of the Internet to infiltrate the public sphere. It has found its way into newspapers and…

  • Debate over Polish Holocaust law prompts an anti-Semitic media backlash

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Debate over a Polish law that proposes to outlaw rhetoric blaming Poland for Nazi crimes has prompted a wave of anti-Semitic comments in the Polish media. RMF, one of the largest Polish commercial radio stations, suspended a journalist who wrote about the “war with the Jews.” Poland’s state-owned television station apologized to…

  • Germany alone was responsible for the Holocaust, its foreign minister says

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Germany was responsible for the Holocaust, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on the heels of Polish legislation that seeks to distance the country from Nazi atrocities. “Poland can be sure that any form of falsification of history, like the term ‘Polish concentration camps,’ will be unequivocally rejected and strongly condemned by…

  • Polish Senate passes law to criminalize use of terms such as ‘Polish death camps’

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II. The amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance was adopted early Thursday morning by a vote of 57-23, with two abstentions. The legislation, designed to make…

  • Polish TV host mocks Jewish critics of new law by suggesting use of term ‘Jewish death camps’

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The debate over a Polish law that would criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps” in referring to Auschwitz and other sites took a nasty turn when a television host joked that they should be called “Jewish camps.” The comment comes amid tensions between Poland and Israel over the…

  • Presidents of Poland and Israel to join March of the Living amid tensions between the countries

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Amid tensions between Poland and Israel over Polish legislation that would criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps,” the presidents of the two countries will take part in the March of the Living at the former Auschwitz death camp. Reuven Rivlin and Andrzej Duda agreed to jointly participate in…

  • Area under Warsaw Ghetto poised to be named protected archaeological site

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The area where the Warsaw Ghetto was located could be eligible to be listed as a protected site. The goal is to protect the remains of the ghetto, located underground, which are sometimes excavated during repairs, and and are not always turned over to museums. On the initiative of the Warsaw…

  • Protesters who killed sheep and stripped naked at Auschwitz found guilty of desecration

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A dozen protesters who slaughtered a sheep, stripped naked and chained themselves to the gate of the Auschwitz memorial were found guilty of desecrating the site. Belarusian performers Adam Bialacki and Mikita Waładźko were found guilty on Wednesday in a court in the Polish city of Oswiecim of the desecration and of the…

  • Polish Olympian raising funds to repair Jewish cemetery

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) —  A Polish Olympian is raising money for the construction of a monument dedicated to Jews from a village in southern Poland. Dariusz Popiela, the Polish champion in the canoe/kayak slalom and the silver medalist at the European Championships, both last year, is working to commemorate the Jews of Krościenko. Popiela, who participated…

  • Christmas play at Polish consulate in Ukraine included anti-Semitic message

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Christmas play presented at the Polish consulate in Lviv, Ukraine included an anti-Semitic message. Oleg Vyshniakov, honorary consul of Israel in Ukraine, criticized the Christmas show presented last week at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland by students of the Polish school in Lviv. During the show, the…