Poland

Polish form emergency committee on shechita

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

The Polish committee fighting the country’s prohibition on shechita had their first meeting on Monday as the government agreed “to look at all possible solutions”.

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Polish PM sets up committee to fight shechita ban

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

The Polish Prime Minister has established a special committee as part of his ongoing efforts to overturn a national ban on shechita.

The Polish Ambassador to the European Union, Marek Prawda, stated this morning that Prime Minister Donald Tusk had consented to the formation of the group after Poland’s parliament last week defeated his attempt to legally protect religious slaughter.

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Fears of meat shortages in UK after Poland fails to protect shechita

By Marcus Dysch and Nissan Tzur, July 18, 2013

A ban on shechita in Poland could have far-reaching consequences for consumers in Britain, kosher meat producers have warned.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s attempts to introduce a law to protect religious slaughter were rejected in the country’s parliament last Friday.

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Shechita faces ban in Poland

By Orlando Radice, July 12, 2013

The Polish parliament has defeated an attempt to protect religious slaughter in law.

In November last year, the constitutional court ruled that a derogation which allows Jews and Muslims to kill animals without pre-stunning was unconstitutional and incompatible with animal welfare laws.

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Heroine who turned a zoo into a refuge from the Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2013

The extraordinary story of a Holocaust heroine who saved Jews from the Nazis by hiding them in animal cages at Warsaw Zoo, has been published in Britain for the first time.

Diane Ackerman's bestselling book describes how Antonina Zabinski and her husband Jan - a keeper at the zoo - risked their lives to protect more than 300 people.

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‘Auschwitz cook’ arrested on war crimes charges

By Zoe Winograd, May 7, 2013

A 93-year-old alleged SS member was arrested in Germany last night.

Hans Lipshis, who was taken into custody from his care home near Stuttgart, was accused of taking part in murder and genocide at Auschwitz.

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Poland plans protection for shechita in law

By Nissan Tzur, May 2, 2013

Poland is a step closer to enshrining the ritual slaughter of animals in law.

The Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, announced last week that his government had submitted a draft of new regulations that will allow kosher and halal slaughter, while reducing the suffering of the animals.

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In Warsaw, monument to a new start

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2013

The 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising last week was more than a commemoration of the best known act of Jewish resistance against the Nazis.

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Remembering those who fought back

By Martin Winstone, April 18, 2013

The landscape of Holocaust remembrance is punctuated by anniversaries, but few dates are as resonant as April 19, which marked the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. Its enduring symbolism is attested to by the fact that it is the national Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland, the country from which more than half of the victims of the Shoah came.

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Poland and Germany row over Shoah guilt

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

A German television series and a Polish magazine have sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries amid arguments over antisemitism and war guilt.

Polish news weekly Uwazam Rze caused outrage after it depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner in a front page image.

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