Poland

I found Dad's Nazi killer - and shot him dead

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 2, 2014

A man has explained for the first time how he took revenge on the SS killer who had murdered his father during the Second World War.

Yanush Peltz, who was interviewed by filmmakers in Israel, said his father had lived in the Polish city of Kielce during the Holocaust and had been sent to a gas chamber by Hans Gayer, the SS officer in charge of the city.

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Stolen Polish gravestones laid to rest

By Nissan Tzur, August 29, 2014

More than 1,000 headstones, taken from the old "Brodno" Jewish cemetery in Warsaw and used to build a pergola and stairs in a local park, are being returned and preserved.

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Uncovered - my family's hidden past

August 8, 2014

In a far corner of the "new" Jewish cemetery (opened 1902) in the Polish city of Wrocław, Piotr Gotowicki is hacking away at the thick ivy that has grown over a gravestone.

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Non-Jews do not like us, says top Polish rabbi

By Nissan Tzur, June 19, 2014

The new Chief Rabbi of Krakow, Eliezer Gurary, gave an interview shortly before his appointment in which he said that "non-Jews do not like Jews".

Responding to a question about antisemitism in Poland just ahead of his official inauguration ceremony last Sunday, Rabbi Gurary said: "Let's say it clearly. Those who are not Jews do not like Jews. Everyone understands and knows this."

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Alone and depressing

May 9, 2014

As survivor Jacob Geller put it this week, being the only Jew at an event marking a Holocaust massacre of 9,000 Jews is nothing other than depressing. Konskie, a small town in central Poland — it could have been many others — went from being a hub of Jewish life with kosher shops, schools and shuls to a place where there were not even Jewish memories: there are no Jews to remember anything.

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‘I was the only Jew at Polish massacre memorial’

By Orlando Radice, May 6, 2014

A Holocaust survivor has spoken of his sadness at being the only Jew present at a Polish commemoration for the massacre of 9,000 people during the Second World War.

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Shop owner defends selling 'neo-Nazi' brand

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A London shop owner under fire for selling clothes favoured by neo-Nazis insists his store has no connection with right-wing extremists.
Zsolt Mogyorodi opened the Viking Thor shop stocking Thor Steinar clothes, a German brand that has been described as the far-right's favourite outfitter.

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Poland has good record on restitution, insists envoy

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

Poland has taken suitable measures to ensure Holocaust survivors receive compensation, the country's ambassador to Britain has claimed.

Witold Sobkow responded to criticism over the Polish approach to restitution by suggesting the state had paid almost $1 billion for lost and seized property.

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Poland was not perfect, but no antisemitic state

By Witold Sobków, February 20, 2014

I was appalled by two statements in an article by Geoffrey Alderman on the First World War (January 10).

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Concentration camp employee suspended for designing 'Jews go home' poster

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2014

A graphic designer has been suspended after allegedly producing antisemitic posters while working for a concentration camp museum in Poland.

Police were called after the Majdanek museum discovered an employee called "Krzysztof K" had been making posters that said: "Jews go home", along with other offensive material.

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