Poland

Polish Chief Rabbi: my views on Kaminski

By Jessica Elgot, October 30, 2009

The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, has reiterated that he does not believe controversial Polish MEP Michal Kaminski is antisemitic — but admitted he does have concerns over the politician’s past.

Mr Kaminski has been at the centre of the row over the Conservatives' new rightwing allies in the European parliament. He is the leader of the European parties' bloc.

He has been accused of antisemitism by the Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who used Rabbi Schudrich’s comments to the New Statesman as a basis for his attack.

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Ayalon: I didn't know about Kaminski row until I read it in the JC

By Miriam Shaviv, October 29, 2009

The Israeli politician who hosted the controversial MEP at the heart of the row over David Cameron’s alliance in Europe has admitted he was not aware of the MEP’s controversial comments about Jews — until he read them in the JC this week.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who met Polish MEP Michal Kaminski in Israel this summer, said:“I knew him as a staunch supporter of Israel who upholds democratic values and believes in a strong response to terrorism. This was our basis for the meeting.”

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Stephen Fry apologises to Poland

By Robyn Rosen, October 19, 2009

Comic actor Stephen Fry has apologised for comments he made which implied Poles were to blame for the atrocities at Auschwitz.

Earlier this month, Mr Fry appeared on Channel 4 News to speak about his objection to the Conservative party’s ties with Poland’s Law and Justice party.

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Kaminski admits wearing 'fascist' symbol

By Martin Bright and Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2009

Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP at the centre of the controversy over David Cameron’s European alliances has admitted he wore the symbol of a totalitarian group, claims he had previously denied.

In an interview with the JC, Mr Kaminski was asked if he had ever said he was proud to wear the Chrobry Sword, the symbol of the National Radical Camp (ONR).

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Poland accuses Stephen Fry of 'defamation'

By Robyn Rosen, October 9, 2009

The Polish Embassy has accused comic actor, Stephen Fry, of “defamation” after he allegedly implied that the Polish nation was responsible for the atrocities at Auschwitz.

Mr Fry was interviewed on Channel 4 news earlier this week by Jon Snow where he criticised the Conservative party’s ties with Poland’s Law and Justice party.

Mr Fry is among the high profile figures who have spoken out against the Polish party’s alleged homophobic and antisemitic views, which Polish MEP, Michal Kaminksi, denies.

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Tributes for leader of Warsaw ghetto uprising

By Jessica Elgot, October 5, 2009

World leaders have paid tribute to the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, who has died aged 90.

Marek Edelman was the last leader of the resistance group which organised the uprising in 1943, the most successful armed urban resistance to the Nazis during the second world war.

Edelman was one of half a million Jews forced into Europe’s largest ghetto, in Warsaw.

When the Nazis began deporting people from the ghetto in 1942, Edelman formed the ZOB (Jewish Combat Organisation- in Polish) with Mordechai Anielewicz.

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How the baroness got her silver back

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

It was smuggled out of the Nazis’ grasp and hidden in a secret drawer in a small Krakow flat for more than 60 years, but a set of silver cutlery finally took pride of place in the home of a British baroness this week.

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Jeremy Clarkson's WW2 spoof backfires

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2009
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is not known for his tact.

But now the presenter, who has insulted most European countries, has added another, Poland, to his list after making a spoof car advert about Germany's invasion of Poland, which led to World War Two.

Ofcom has confirmed it received 47 complaints about the advert, shown during this season’s Top Gear finale on BBC 2.

The tag in the joke advert is “Volkswagen Scirocco TDI. Berlin to Warsaw in one tank”, referring to the car economical use of fuel.

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Squatters evicted from Swan pub

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2009

A group of Polish squatters have been evicted from a pub owned by a strictly Orthodox Jewish community.

The men had entered the Swan, in Stamford Hill, last month and displayed a notice from the Criminal Law Act explaining their intention to live in the building.

It is believed representatives of the Bobov community, who own the Clapton Common site and hope to turn it into a community centre and synagogue, obtained an interim possession order (IPO) from a county court.

The squatters were then removed last Friday afternoon.

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Polish squatters hijack the ‘shul’ pub

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2009

A group of Polish squatters have taken control of a pub bought by a Jewish community group which hoped to turn it into a synagogue.

The Swan, in Stamford Hill, has been empty since it closed in January when it was sold to members of the Bobov community.

It is thought the squatters entered the building a number of weeks ago and four people are now living there permanently.

The pub’s front door displays a notice from the group quoting the Criminal Law Act, which is widely used by illegal tenants to make it a crime in most circumstances for a landlord to force entry.

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