Poland

Welcome to Poland - it's where my family were killed

By Richard Zimler, December 22, 2011

My mother's father, Itzhak Gutkind, grew up in a three-storey townhouse in Brzeziny, a small but bustling city at the heart of Poland's textile industry.

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Rabbis in Poland to discuss Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

Several hundred rabbis are in Poland this week for a conference to discuss issues including the Dutch ban on kosher slaughter of animals.

It is the largest gathering of its type since Poland's Jewish community was decimated by the Nazis.

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Review: The Jews in Poland and Russia, Volumes 1 and 2

By Tony Kushner, October 24, 2011

By Antony Polonsky
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Bit by bit, symbols of a lost world are erected

By Nissan Tzur, October 6, 2011

The year was 1990, Communism had just collapsed in Poland and John Pomian, a Pole living in the UK, was on a return visit to his country of origin with a Jewish friend, Casimir Stamirski.

As the pair passed through the town of Mogielnica, Mr Pomian, who served in the RAF during the war, was invited by Mr Stamirski to stop off in the town to see they could find any traces of the Jewish community

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Israel donates to Polish Holocaust memorial fund

By Jennifer Lipman, September 23, 2011

Israel has pledged £650,000 to safeguard the future of Holocaust memorials in Poland.

The money will be used to make vital repairs to structures at the sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. More than 1.38 million people toured the museum last year.

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Jewish memorial in Poland defaced with swastika

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A Jewish cemetery in eastern Poland has been vandalised just weeks after survivors groups urged the Polish authorities to take action against the rising tide of anti-Jewish sentiment.

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After Jedwabne vandalism, Poles show support

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

More than 100 Poles joined a solidarity march following the desecration of a memorial in the town of Jedwabne to Jews murdered by Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.

The group held their "march of unity" in the city of Bialystok, ending their walk at a statue commemorating the Jewish doctor who founded the Esperanto language.

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Call for swift action on Jedwabne memorial vandalism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A Holocaust survivors' group has condemned the desecration of a memorial in Poland to Jews murdered by Nazi collaborators.

The Jedwabne memorial marks the spot where hundreds of Polish Jews were burned alive in July 1941 by 40 of their countrymen.

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On this day: Germany invades Poland

By Hannah Tosh, September 1, 2011

For the second time in less than 20 years Britain and France were declaring war on Germany, this time, for the invasion of Poland.

Hitler's obsession with expanding Germany into a greater nation with more "Lebensraum" (living space) began with the Polish territories.

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Beautiful? James Blunt's Poland joke angers fans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

James Blunt has been criticised by thousands of fans for making what has been interpreted as a joke about Auschwitz.

The British singer and former soldier was in Poland for a concert when he was photographed in front of a building near the infamous Nazi death camp.

Mr Blunt, 37, posted the image on his public Facebook page with the caption "Uh, this is my hotel in Poland".

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