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  • Prince William and Kate visit former Nazi camp Stutthof in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, visited the site of the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland and met with five Holocaust survivors. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a five-day visit to Poland and Germany, toured the Stutthof Museum on the grounds of the former Nazi camp…

  • Yiddish comes alive in Warsaw every summer

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — When Gołda Tencer, the director of the Shalom Foundation and the Jewish Theater in Warsaw, lit the Sabbath candles last Friday, she was accompanied by dozens of people from various countries. Though their mother tongues differed, the voices at the table were united by a common language: Yiddish. The assembled crowd of…

  • Dozens, including local bishop, attend ceremony commemorating Jedwabne pogrom

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Some 100 people attended a ceremony commemorating the victims of the pogrom in Jedwabne in northeast Poland. For the first time ceremony was attended by Bishop Rafał Markowski, president of the Council for Religious Dialogue and the Committee for Dialogue with Judaism, who said that the Catholic Church prays for the Polish perpetrators of the murder and apologizes…

  • Polish former priest indicted for inciting hatred against Jews

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The prosecutor’s office in the western Poland city of Wroclaw issued an indictment against former priest Jacek Międlar for “public incitement to hatred based on religious and national differences.” He could face up to 2 years in prison. On Nov. 11, 2016, during the Polish Independence Day, Wroclaw hosted the “March of…

  • Ivanka Trump visits Ghetto Uprising memorial in Warsaw

    (JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the Jewish daughter of President Donald Trump, laid a wreath at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland a day after her father was rebuked by Jewish leaders in that country for not visiting the same site. Ivanka Trump, a convert to Judaism, was at the Monument for the…

  • Ceremony marks 71st anniversary of Kielce pogrom

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists prayed together at the gravesite of the victims of the 1946 Kielce pogrom, marking 71 years since non-Jewish neighbors killed 37 Jews who had returned home after surviving the Nazis. “We are here to say that we remember and we will not let such excesses happen…

  • Muslim girls in Poland to study Holocaust turned away from Lublin synagogue

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A group of Muslim girls from Germany said they were prevented from entering a synagogue in Lublin while on a visit to Poland to study the Holocaust. The girls claim they were refused entrance to the synagogue at the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva last week because they were wearing traditional Muslim headgear….

  • Polish prime minister under fire for defending refugee ban during Auschwitz speech

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland’s prime minister is under fire for a speech at the Auschwitz Museum that appeared to defend her government’s refusal to accept refugees. Beata Szydlo spoke Wednesday at ceremonies marking the 77th anniversary of the first deportation of prisoners to the Nazi concentration camp. “Auschwitz is a great lesson in today’s…

  • Historians defend professor who wrote of Poles’ complicity in Holocaust

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Polish historians defended an academic in Canada against charges that his Holocaust research falsifies the history of Poland. Historians from the Polish Center for Holocaust Research have criticized the Polish League Against Defamation for publishing a letter signed by 134 scientists and others condemning Jan Grabowski’s works describing the participation of Poles in…

  • Foundations of synagogue destroyed in 1938 uncovered in western Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Archaeologists in Western Poland found the foundations of the New Synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938. The ruins found in the Polish city of Wroclaw belonged to the second largest synagogue in pre-war Germany. The archaeological digs are being conducted with the financial support of German President Frank-Walter Steimeier. The synagogue…