Poland

Polls expose wide-scale hate in Poland, Germany

November 27, 2014

Two surveys conducted in Germany and Poland - one on attitudes to online hate speech and the other on Israel's actions during the recent Gaza conflict - have revealed shockingly high levels of antisemitism.

In a survey conducted in Germany between June and September by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, one in four of those questioned equated Israel's policies towards Palestinians with the Nazis t

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The shul that time forgot

By Isabel De Bertodano, November 6, 2014

One night last week as I was walking through central Lublin with a group of Jews from London, an Orthodox rabbi among us was approached by an excited, middle aged man wearing a black hoodie.

Pawel Matraszek accosted the rabbi, speaking in German and then Yiddish. "I can't believe it, a real Jewish rabbi is here," he said.

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Unease over 'shul museum'

By Isabel De Bertodano, November 6, 2014

Members of a British delegation to Poland last week expressed mixed feelings on being taken to see the Jewish remnants of Chmielnik, a town in the Kielce region north of Warsaw.

The group, which included United Synagogue president Stephen Pack Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, of the Hadley Wood community in London, was in the country to attend the opening of the £60 million Polin Museum of the History of

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Polish museum ends decades of 'silence'

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 30, 2014

A chasm in Polish history was bridged this week with the opening of a vast museum dedicated to the country's Jewish past.

"When you are a Jew, even if you were not born in Poland, the very name Poland stirs up trembling and longing in your heart," said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in his address.

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Ukip defends link to extremist Polish party

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

Ukip has defended its European Parliament alliance with a member of a party whose leader questions the Holocaust and makes racist slurs.

The British party admitted Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz was an "odd bedfellow" following his recruitment this week, but said it was necessary to work with him.

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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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