Poland

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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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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