Poland

'My heroic prize parents'

By Charlotte Oliver, November 17, 2016

A man whose Polish parents harboured Jews during the war and provided support to the Jewish Underground ahead of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has said he is "delighted" to see them finally recognised as Righteous Among the Nations.

Andrzej Pluskowski, 72, has spent more than 30 years piecing together both his parents' history and his own beginnings, having been born in a cellar during a German bo

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Polish government rewrites history

By Tim Marshall, August 25, 2016

The passage of time is supposed to be a great healer. It can also expose wounds which were only partially covered. In Poland, we see the latter.

The governing right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) has announced legislation which, if enacted, will make it a crime to refer to "Polish concentration camps" or "Polish death camps".

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Pope's silent prayers as he visits Nazi death camp

By Daniel Sugarman, July 29, 2016

Pope Francis visited Auschwitz today during his five-day trip to Poland.

The Pontiff entered alone through the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate of the camp.

He prayed silently at several locations within the complex, and met former inmates as well as people designated “righteous amongst the nations” for sheltering Jews during the Holocaust.

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Pope Francis's trip to Auschwitz brings both praise and criticism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 28, 2016

The Pope is due to visit Auschwitz on Friday, as part of a five-day official trip to Poland.

Earlier this month Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, hailed Pope Francis’s decision to visit Auschwitz as setting “an example for humanity.” However, the visit has already been the cause of some controversy.

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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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