Poland

It’s time to polish up your Polish

By Simon Round, February 11, 2013

So now we know for sure what many of us have suspected for a long time - that there is an awful lot of Polish people in this country.

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In Poland activists fight rabbi’s ghetto skyscraper

By Nissan Tzur, February 7, 2013

Poland’s Ministry of Culture will soon decide whether to allow Warsaw’s historic Jewish community centre to be demolished in order to make way for a skyscraper.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that the request to pull down the building, which stands at the heart of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, came from the current Jewish community leaders themselves.

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Polish embassy complaint over 'antisemitism' claims in Giles Coren's column

By Jennifer Lipman, February 5, 2013

The Polish ambassador to the UK has expressed outrage over a column in The Times by Giles Coren poking fun at the country's attitude toward Jews.

Mr Coren, who is known for courting controversy in his columns, wrote the piece in Saturday's paper, ostensibly in response to the census findings that Polish is now England's second language.

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Youngest Jew saved by Schindler mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

The youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler has died at the age of 83.

In the 70 years since Leon Leyson was given a second chance by the heroic German businessman, he emigrated to America, served in the US army and carved out a career in teaching. Mr Leyson was married for 46 years and is survived by six grandchildren.

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It’s been a tourist ‘Disneyland’. Now, Hitler’s lair will teach its grim lesson

By Nissan Tzur, January 3, 2013

In 1940, Adolf Hitler decided to build “Wolf’s Lair” — a large base of bunkers from which he could command military operations in the east — in newly-conquered Poland.

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Looking through the lens at prejudice

By Ben Freeman and Jared Ross, December 17, 2012

"Our knowledge has made us cynical. We think too much and feel too little. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness…" - Charlie Chaplin, 'The Great Dictator'

Learn From Yesterday

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Concerns of Polish Orthodox seeking a monopoly on the community

By Zoe Winograd, November 30, 2012

The Progressive Judaism movement in Poland has alleged that it is under threat of being taken over by the country’s main Orthodox group.

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Shechita: the beginning of the end?

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

New fears have been raised over the future of shechita by a Polish court ruling that could lead to the banning of religious slaughter in that country and threaten kosher meat supplies in Europe and Israel.

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Polish court sets stage for shechitah ban

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A Polish constitutional court has opened the door to a ban on religious slaughter methods in the country in a decision on Tuesday.

The ruling in a Warsaw court states that the current exemption for Jews and Muslims from stunning animals before they are killed, as kashrut laws require, is unconstitutional.

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Polish film tells truth on home made massacre

By Nissan Tzur Krakow, November 22, 2012

A Polish film documenting crimes committed by Poles against their Jewish neighbours has provoked strong reactions in the country.

The movie, Aftermath, written and directed by Polish director Wladyslaw Pasikowski, is based on the events surrounding the Jedwabne massacre in July 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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