Poland

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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Synagogue reopens in Polish town without Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A Polish town where the Jewish population was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis 72 years ago is to be home to a synagogue once again.

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Righteous honour for 13 Poles who helped Jews

By Nissan Tzur, March 31, 2011

In a ceremony held in Warsaw last week, the Israeli ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, decorated 13 Poles for aiding Jews during the Nazi occupation.

Poland holds the highest number of Righteous Among the Nations awards in the world, with over 6,200 citizens honoured.

Among those decorated was Bronislawa Ogoniewska from the city of Stanislawow, who helped hide 32 Jews from the Nazis.

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Fury as Poland suspends Holocaust payments

By Nissan Tzur, March 17, 2011

The decision by the Polish government to suspend the legislation to compensate former property owners, whose assets were confiscated during the Second World World War and the Communist period, has caused outrage among world Jewish leaders.

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