Poland

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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Krakow shul's High Holy day cat fight

By Nissan Tzur, October 1, 2015

This year's Yom Kippur ceremony in Krakow's main synagogue turned out to be a very different occasion to what had been intended.

When the Chief Rabbi of Krakow, Eliezer Gur-Ari, turned down a request from a senior member of the congregation to lead a prayer, an ugly verbal brawl erupted.

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Poland mulls harsh Shoah claims law

By Nissan Tzur, August 6, 2015

International Jewish organisations have welcomed moves by the Polish president to sideline legislation that aims to limit the ability of survivors and their heirs to recover property in Warsaw lost during the war.

The law being proposed sets a six-month deadline for those seeking restitution to complete all their property claims, and ends the practice of appointing a trustee to represent an hei

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British teenagers fined and given suspended sentences for stealing artefacts from Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2015

Two British teenagers have been fined and given suspended sentences in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were fined 1000 Zloty and given a one year probation, suspended for three years, for misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.

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Polish court dismisses Sikorski web abuse case

By Nissan Tzur, April 2, 2015

A lawsuit launched by former Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski against a German-owned website that hosted antisemitic abuse directed at him has been thrown out by a Warsaw court.

Comments such as "Sikorski, the husband of an Orthodox Jewish woman, is the enemy of the Polish nation and a puppet in the hands of his father -in-law.

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Dark secrets of a Polish tourist mecca

By Nissan Tzur, March 10, 2015

Antisemitic graffiti is sadly a common sight on Polish streets. Some of the language is directed at football teams; in other cases, it is aimed at Jews.

However, in the past few weeks in Krakow, the problem has moved up a gear. Walls and houses across the city have been hit with a wave of antisemitic daubings, and the messages, such as “Jews to the oven”, have been particularly vicious.

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Polish Holocaust movie wins Bafta

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has won a Bafta award.

Ida won Best Foreign Language Film at the ceremony at the Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House on Sunday night, making it three wins for director Pawel Pawlikowski.

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