Poland

Avram Grant's passport to Polish past

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, has adopted the Polish nationality of his family who were forced to flee Nazi occupation in 1939.

Mr Grant received a Polish passport during a private ceremony at the country's embassy in London on Monday.

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World's first Bashevis Singer museum opens in Poland

By Julie Masis, May 19, 2016

A museum dedicated to Yiddish author Isaac Bashevis Singer, who received the Nobel Prize for literature, opened in Poland at the end of April.

It is the first museum in the world focusing on the writer, according to Kinga Staroniewska of the Bilgoraj XXI Foundation, which built the complex.

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Writer warns of Polish plan to rewrite history of Holocaust

By Nissan Tzur, March 3, 2016

Historian Jan Tomasz Gross, who has been censured by the Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party for highlighting the role some Poles played in perpetrating the Holocaust, has warned that the government is looking to take its whitewash of history into the country's classrooms.

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Last Treblinka revolt survivor dies in Israel, aged 93

By Josh Jackman, February 21, 2016

The last survivor of the Treblinka revolt carried out by prisoners of the Nazi death camp has died in Israel aged 93.

Samuel Willenberg was one of 67 captives who in 1943 managed to successfully escape the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland shortly before it was destroyed. Around 870,000 Jews were killed in Treblinka - only Auschwitz had a higher death toll.

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Move to outlaw claims of Polish Shoah atrocities

February 18, 2016

Poland's recently elected nationalist government wants to make it a crime to imply that the country bears responsibility for Nazi crimes committed on Polish soil.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has called for new legislation to punish the use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to Nazi concentration camps in Poland.

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Poland in push to criminalise any claim that the country helped Nazis carry out Holocaust

By Jessica Weinstein, February 16, 2016

The Polish government wants to make it a crime to imply that Poland bears responsibility for Nazi crimes committed on Polish soil.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has called for new regulations to punish the use of the phrase “Polish death camps” when referring to Nazi concentration camps in Poland.

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British teenagers to face trial over stealing from Auschwitz

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Two teenage boys accused of stealing items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum will face trial after withdrawing their admissions of guilt, Polish prosecutors have said.

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Survivor who travelled to the UK by bomber

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2015

Born in 1927 to a traditional Jewish family in south-west Poland, Chaim "Harry" Olmer was one of 1,000 children who found refuge in Britain in 1946 - landing in a bomber, where he remembers sitting on the floor singing Hebrew songs with the other children.

Now after a career as a dentist, the 88-year-old grandfather of eight lives in Mill Hill, north-west London, with his wife Margaret.

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Poland’s new defence minister 'agreed with antisemitic conspiracy theory'

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2015

Poland’s new defence minister allegedly claimed that there is a Jewish plan to dominate the world.

The reported comments by Antoni Macierewicz, who represents the right-wing Law and Justice party, were revealed after his party secured an absolute majority in the country’s general election.

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So how do you beef up security on Israel's streets? Meet the heavy mob

By Nissan Tzur, October 30, 2015

A leading Polish security company has offered to fly its top 100 bodyguards to Israel following the recent wave of terror attacks.

Beniamin Krasicki, owner of City Security, made the offer in a letter to Israel's Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan.

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