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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Polish Holocaust movie nominated for Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Ida will compete with four other nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film centres on Anna, an orphaned nun played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska.


Putin will not attend Auschwitz memorial ceremony

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2015

Vladimir Putin will not be attending a Holocaust memorial event in Auschwitz, Poland later this month, the Russian government has confirmed.


'Jew' was a swear word in Lublin. Now we fight to tell truth about this city

By Isabel De Bertodano, December 18, 2014

When Polish tour guide Magdalena Pokrzycka-Walczak arrived at work one day in 2012, she was shocked to be told of a complaint against her.

"Two Polish women on one of my tours claimed that I focused too much on the Jewish history of Lublin," says Ms Pokrzycka. "They told my boss to watch out for me because I was probably a Jew."


Polish court rules shechita ban is ‘against human rights’

By Orlando Radice, December 10, 2014

The was relief across Europe this week as Poland’s constitutional court ruled that the country’s ban on shechita ran against both the country’s basic laws and the European Convention on Human Rights.