Isn't this antisemitism old news, Poland?

By Nissan Tzur, April 14, 2011

If its media is anything to go by, antisemitism is raising its head once again in Poland.

The recent decision by the Polish government to withdraw a restitution law that would have compensated Jews who lost property during the Holocaust has sparked an anti-Jewish campaign reminiscent of the darkest days of the Second World War.


'Boycott Poland for dropping Holocaust restitution'

By Nissan Tzur, April 7, 2011

The polish government's decision to withdraw a restitution law that would have compensated thousands of people who lost property during the Holocaust has sparked a mixture of uproar and backpedalling in the Jewish world.

The WJC's general counsel, Menachem Rosensaft, last week called for an economic boycott of Poland until it adopts the law.


Synagogue reopens in Polish town without Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A Polish town where the Jewish population was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis 72 years ago is to be home to a synagogue once again.


Righteous honour for 13 Poles who helped Jews

By Nissan Tzur, March 31, 2011

In a ceremony held in Warsaw last week, the Israeli ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, decorated 13 Poles for aiding Jews during the Nazi occupation.

Poland holds the highest number of Righteous Among the Nations awards in the world, with over 6,200 citizens honoured.

Among those decorated was Bronislawa Ogoniewska from the city of Stanislawow, who helped hide 32 Jews from the Nazis.


Fury as Poland suspends Holocaust payments

By Nissan Tzur, March 17, 2011

The decision by the Polish government to suspend the legislation to compensate former property owners, whose assets were confiscated during the Second World World War and the Communist period, has caused outrage among world Jewish leaders.


Book on Polish Holocaust 'exploitation' causes uproar

By Nissan Tzur, March 3, 2011

A controversial new book which argues that some Poles gained financially from the plight of Jews during the Holocaust has sparked outrage in Poland and abroad.


On this day: Roman Polanski flees

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

When the Swiss Justice Ministry rejected an extradition request from the United States for Polanski last summer, it was just the latest chapter in a story every bit as dramatic and complex as one of the director’s films.

Born Raimund Liebling in Paris, Polanski survived the Holocaust by escaping from the Krakow ghetto, although his mother was killed in Auschwitz.

After the war he worked his way up in the Polish film world, moving to Hollywood in the 1960s and going on to make Oscar-winning classics including Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, and The Pianist.


On this day: The German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011

Just a year after Adolf Hitler was chosen as chancellor of Germany, Poland became the first state to form such an alliance with the Nazi administration. Anxious over rising tension between the Nazis and the Soviets, fearful of becoming too reliant on other European powers such as France, Poland’s leaders took a gamble on Germany.


Record year for visitors to Auschwitz museum

By Jennifer Lipman, January 13, 2011

Auschwitz has experienced the highest number of visitors since the former concentration camp was opened up to the public more than 60 years ago.

Some 1.38 million people toured the museum in 2010, eclipsing the previous year’s attendance of 1.3 million.

Outside of Polish groups, the majority of visitors were British, followed by high numbers from Italy and France. Around 850,000 were students.


Director of Polish Holocaust memorial attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2010

The Polish government has been urged to clamp down on antisemitism in the wake of an attack on a non-Jewish man who works to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for a “swift response” after bricks with swastikas on them and firecrackers were thrown through the window of Tomasz Pietrasiewicz’s home in Lublin.