Warsaw initiates 6-month deadline for renewing dormant restitution claims

(JTA) – The municipality of Warsaw published a list of 48 buildings claimed in now-dormant restitution suits, opening a six-month window for new claims under recent legislation.

If no action is taken on the property before the deadline, it will be transferred permanently to the city, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, wrote in a statement Wednesday about the list. [Read more…]

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Polish Jews send matzo to TV boss who read poem deemed anti-Semitic

(JTA) – The Jewish Community of Warsaw sent matzo to a public television official accused of anti-Semitism after he mentioned the Jewish food on air while denouncing anti-government protesters.

Marcin Wolski, the director of the TVP2 state-funded channel, read a poem that he wrote saying protesters outside the Polish parliament were “handing out matzo” during anti-government protests, suggesting Jews were behind the demonstrations against proposed curbs on the media by Poland’s ruling right-wing Law and Justice party . [Read more…]

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In first, Polish airline LOT commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Books laid out for passengers of a LOT flight from Tel Aviv to Warsaw on Jan. 27, 2017. Courtesy of From the Depths
Books laid out for passengers of a LOT flight from Tel Aviv to Warsaw on Jan. 27, 2017. Courtesy of From the Depths

Books laid out for passengers of a LOT flight from Tel Aviv to Warsaw on Jan. 27, 2017. Courtesy of From the Depths

(JTA) – Poland’s national airline, LOT, commemorated the Shoah for the first time aboard a plane bound from Israel to Warsaw on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The chief attendant of the flight, which took off Friday – the 72nd anniversary of the liberation by the Red Army of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland – made a short announcement honoring the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. [Read more…]

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Polish president meets with Jewish community leaders ahead of Israel visit

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Polish President Andrzej Duda met with representatives of the country’s Jewish community, ahead of an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Duda, during his meeting with Jewish officials on Thursday explained that this year there was no traditional Chanukah meeting at the presidential palace because Chanukah coincided with Christmas. The president said that since 1989 and the fall of communism, Poland has worked to develop Jewish culture and that now many people in Poland are interested in it. Duda said that Jews have made a large contribution to Polish culture, science and Polish independence. [Read more…]

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Polish Jewish museum and Warsaw Jewish community bury hatchet in bid for unity

(JTA) – Warsaw’s Jewish community and Poland’s main Jewish museum resolved their legal dispute over copyright in a bid to promote better relations based on unity between two of Poland’s most prominent Jewish institutions, the groups said in a joint statement.

The joint statement last week follows a lawsuit filed last year by the community against the Polin museum, which opened in Warsaw in 2014, remove fragments of translations of historical texts from the museum’s website, pay the Warsaw Jewish community $7,500 and issue a written apology. [Read more…]

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