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  • Anti-Semitism has resurfaced in Poland because of Holocaust law, Catholic leader says

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Anti-Semitism has again become a problem in Poland because of the Holocaust law passed earlier this year and the subsequent controversy surrounding it, the former Roman Catholic primate there said. “Old demons began to wake up: the trust of many thousands of people has been strained and the work of many…

  • Polish lawmakers change course on controversial Holocaust law

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — In a move that observers said could reduce tensions between Israel and Poland, lawmakers here voted to defuse a law that made it a crime to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust. The Sejm , or lower house of parliament, voted Tuesday at the request of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki…

  • Controversial priest is behind Polish museum highlighting Christian rescuers of Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A new museum in Poland will exhibit over 40,000 accounts of Polish Christians who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will donate $22 million to the Saint John Paul II Memory and Identity Museum. Its goal is to present the over 1,000-year history of Christian…

  • Olympic paddler helps raise memorial to murdered Polish Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Polish Olympian remembered Jews from Kroscienko who were murdered in the village during World War II at the dedication of a memorial he spearheaded. Local officials, representatives of Jewish organizations and dozens of residents attended the ceremony Sunday in the Jewish cemetery in Krościenko, in southern Poland. Dariusz Popiela, the 2017…

  • Kansas teacher honored in Warsaw for bringing Holocaust hero Irena Sendler’s story to light

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Kansas teacher who with his students brought the story of Holocaust hero Irena Sendler to light was honored in Poland. Norman Conard was presented with the 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award in Warsaw’s Royal Castle on Monday by the Polish minister of culture, Piotr Gliński, and Tad Taube, the founder…

  • Israel Police officers commemorate Kielce pogrom in visit to Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A 120-member delegation of representatives of the Israel Police commemorated the victims of a 1946 pogrom in Poland. The delegation this week to Kielce included 93-year-old Mickey Goldman, a Holocaust survivor who as an assistant prosecutor participated in the trial of Adolf Eichmann; and Gen. Haim Blumenfeld, commander of the Israel…

  • Poland asks Germany to return archival documents about war crimes and saving Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland has asked Germany to return archival documents regarding war crimes and saving Jews. The parliamentary team for estimating the amount of compensation due to Poland from Germany, which is led by Law and Justice Party lawmaker Arkadiusz Mularczyk, wants to recover historical documents from Germany regarding the period of the…

  • Plans to move Jersey City monument to Polish massacre spark international row

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Plans to move a monument in Jersey City commemorating the victims of a World War II massacre has sparked protests among people of Polish descent living in the United States, as well as Polish politicians and representatives of the Polish-Jewish community. Jersey City’s mayor went so far as to call a…

  • Facebook removes Polish nationalist pages for anti-Semitic content

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Representatives of Polish nationalists asked the country’s prime minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene after Facebook removed their pages for anti-Semitic content. Facebook said late last week in a statement on community standards that it “prohibits on its platform” the presence of organizations violating its regulations. The statement…

  • Polish nationalists protest in front of US Embassy against restitution of Jewish property

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Dozens of nationalists picketed in front of the American embassy in Warsaw against the restitution of Jewish property. Wednesday’s protest was held under the slogan “Stop Jewish property claims” and is related to a new U.S. law on restitution. The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to support…