Poland

Euro 2012 fans told, come and see Poland's Jewish revival, an hour from Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2012

Jewish football fans should not let media scaremongering about antisemitism in Poland put them off visiting and seeing for themselves the country's Jewish revival.

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Was The Pianist a Nazi collaborator?

By Nissan Tzur, June 7, 2012

A case that seems to come straight from a Hollywood film is taking place in Warsaw’s courts.

The son and widow of Wladyslaw Szpilman, The Pianist from Roman Polanski’s 2002 film, have taken the Polish writer Agata Tuszynska to court over a book she published 18 months ago, in which she accused Szpilman of collaborating with the Nazis and sending thousands of Jews to death camps.

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Obama criticised for Poland concentration camp mistake

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2012

President Obama has found himself embroiled in a diplomatic spat after he referred to Treblinka as a "Polish death camp" rather than noting that it was located on Nazi-occupied land.

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Judaism inspires inmates

By Nissan Tzur, March 22, 2012

A Polish project to teach prisoners about Jewish culture as part of their rehabilitation is proving a huge success.

The Tikkun project, which was founded in 2003 by Jewish community leaders, aims to increase prisoners' tolerance of other cultures and religions.

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Meet the Catholic priest with the kippah

By Stephen Applebaum, March 22, 2012

What makes a Jew? This is the question at the heart of Israeli filmmaker Ronit Kerstner's documentary Torn.

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Meet a promising Polish horse called Pogrom

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

A woman whose mother fled to the United States to escape the pogroms has expressed her shock at finding a horse named Pogrom competing in an Arizona championship.

Pogrom, a Polish colt, had been lent to Scottsdale's Midwest Training Centre by the Polish government.

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Fury over Polish law on property

By Nissan Tzur, February 23, 2012

The Polish government is planning a major change in the law on the restitution of confiscated communal property.

Currently, claims for the restitution of Jewish and non-Catholic property that was confiscated by the Nazis and the Communist regimes are dealt with by appointed government and public committees.

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In Darkness: Oscar nominated Polish Holocaust film

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

Nominated for an Academy Award, director Agnieszka Holland's film In Darkness tells the story of a family from the Lvov ghetto hidden with the help of a Polish man, and the bond that forms between them.

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Lego concentration camp sold to Polish museum

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A Polish museum has purchased a controversial replica of a concentration camp – made of Lego.

Zbigniew Libera enraged the toy company in 1996 when he built a miniature version of a Nazi death camp using Lego’s signature colourful bricks. The set featured Lego crematoria and barracks, barbed-wire fences and miniature guards and skeletons, all marked with the company’s name.

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Antisemitic poster features on Polish tourism leaflet

By Karen Glaser, December 29, 2011

Civic leaders in Warsaw have come up with a novel way of promoting their town to tourists – with an image of kippot-wearing rats fleeing a flame thrower.

They reproduced an antisemitic pre second world war poster to use as one of the images to illustrate their 2012 calendar.

The glossy publication, produced in conjunction with leading Polish artists and arts organisations, contains a forwa

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