Poland

Man who made Schindler list dies at 91

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

The man who gave Oscar Schindler the names of more than 1,000 Jews who he would save during the Holocaust has died at the age of 91.

Mietek Pemper was just 19 when the Nazis invaded Poland. Along with many other Jews from Krakow, he was sent to Plaszow concentration camp the Nazis selected him to act as personal typist to its commandant Amon Goeth.

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Sobibor museum rescued from closure

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A Holocaust awareness group has praised the Polish government for announcing plans to save the museum at Sobibor Concentration Camp from closure.

On Wednesday the museum's administrators said they could no longer remain open to visitors because they had not received enough funding this year from the regional government.

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Death camp museum closed over money worries

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The museum at the Nazi death camp where convicted war criminal John Demjanjuk was a guard during the Holocaust has been closed because of a lack of funding.

Around 20,000 people visit the site of Sobibor death camp in eastern Poland every year to pay tribute to the 250,000 Jews and non-Jews who were murdered there.

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Obama honours Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

By Nissan Tzur, June 2, 2011

Us president Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in Warsaw Ghetto last Friday to honour the Jews who fought and died in the uprising there in 1943.

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Poles finally learn about their Holocaust whistleblower

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

The late Jan Karski is a national hero in Poland for his role as a resistance fighter during the Second World War. Few, however, knew that he was also one of the first eyewitnesses of the Holocaust and documented the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto - despite having been recognised as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1982.

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We hate Jews (except our best player)

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

When newspaper rumours first appeared about his possible transfer from Hapoel Beer Sheba to the Polish club of Wisla Krakow, Israeli football player Maor Melikson was bombarded with phone calls.

"A lot of people warned me off it. They told me: 'It's the most antisemitic club in Poland. They hate Jews, it won't be smart for a Jew to play there.'"

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March of the Living

May 6, 2011

The first full British delegation to the March of the Living joined Jews from all over the world this week in Poland to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

The British delegation had 80 participants on a six-day trip to Poland, including three Holocaust survivors, students, Birthright alumni, JLGB leaders and two rabbis.

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UK joins March of the Living

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

The first full British delegation to the March of the Living joined Jews from all over the world this week in Poland to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

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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.

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'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.

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