Prince William and Kate visit former Nazi death camp Stutthof in Poland

Prince William, second from left, and wife Kate walking with Holocaust survivors at the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp in Gdansk, Poland, July 18, 2017. (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)
Prince William, second from left, and wife Kate walking with Holocaust survivors at the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp in Gdansk, Poland, July 18, 2017. (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

Prince William, second from left, and wife Kate walking with Holocaust survivors at the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp in Gdansk, Poland, July 18, 2017. (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Prince William and his wife, Kate, visited the site of the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland and met with five Holocaust survivors.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a five-day visit to Poland and Germany, toured the Stutthof Museum on the grounds of the former Nazi camp east of Gdansk on Tuesday. [Read more…]

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Local bishop attends ceremony commemorating Jedwabne pogrom

(JTA) – Some 100 people attended a ceremony commemorating the victims of the pogrom in Jedwabne in northeast Poland.

For the first time ceremony was attended by Bishop Rafał Markowski, president of the Council for Religious Dialogue and the Committee for Dialogue with Judaism, who said that the Catholic Church prays for the Polish perpetrators of the murder and apologizes for it. [Read more…]

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Ivanka Trump visits Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial in Warsaw

Ivanka Trump at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland, July 6, 2017. (Katarzyna Markusz)
Ivanka Trump at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland, July 6, 2017. (Katarzyna Markusz)

Ivanka Trump at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland, July 6, 2017. (Katarzyna Markusz)

(JTA) – Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, laid a wreath at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland a day after her father was rebuked by Jewish leaders in that country for not visiting the same site.

Ivanka Trump, a convert to Judaism, was at the Monument for the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw early Thursday afternoon, shortly before her father laid a wreath and began a speech at the nearby Warsaw Uprising Memorial, which celebrates the acts of resistance fighters from the general population of Poland who launched a bloody rebellion against the Germans in 1944. [Read more…]

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Warsaw Jews slam absence of Ghetto monument from Trump’s visit

(JTA) – Polish Jewish leaders criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for not including a stop at a monument for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in the itinerary of his visit to Poland.

The rebuke Wednesday by Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Anna Chipczynska, president of Jewish Community of Warsaw, and Leslaw Piszewski, president of Union of Jewish Communities of Poland, came in a joint statement. In it, the undersigned called the absence of a presidential visit to the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto a “slight.” [Read more…]

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Ceremony marks 71st anniversary of Kielce pogrom

(JTA) – Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists prayed together at the gravesite of the victims of the 1946 Kielce pogrom, marking 71 years since non-Jewish neighbours killed 37 Jews who had returned home after surviving the Nazis.

“We are here to say that we remember and we will not let such excesses happen again,” Michał Sobelman, a spokesman for the the Israeli Embassy in Poland, said Tuesday at a ceremony organized by the Jan Karski Society, a group named for the Polish underground figure who delivered news about the genocide of Europe’s Jews during World War II. [Read more…]

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Muslim girls in Poland to study Holocaust turned away from Lublin synagogue

(JTA) – A group of Muslim girls from Germany was prevented from entering a synagogue in Lublin while on a visit to Poland to study the Holocaust.

The girls claim that they were refused entrance to the synagogue in Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva because they were wearing traditional Muslim headgear. The Jewish community of Lublin has denied this and said in a statement that the group was turned away because the hotel where the synagogue is located had been rented exclusively for a European soccer team. [Read more…]

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Polish human rights official under fire for saying his ‘nation’ took part in the Holocaust

(JTA) – Poland’s human rights commissioner is being urged to resign after saying the “Polish nation” took part in carrying out the Holocaust – a controversial statement in a country whose government increasingly emphasizes that Poland never collaborated with the Nazis.

Speaking Wednesday on the state-run TVP Info, Adam Bodnar said, “There is no doubt that the Germans were responsible for the Holocaust, but many nations took part in its implementation. Among them – and I say this with regret – the Polish nation.” [Read more…]

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Historians defend uOttawa professor who wrote of Poles’ complicity in Holocaust

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Polish historians defended an academic in Ottawa against charges that his Holocaust research falsifies the history of Poland.

Historians from the Polish Center for Holocaust Research have criticized the Polish League Against Defamation for publishing a letter signed by 134 scientists and others condemning Jan Grabowski’s works describing the participation of Poles in the crimes committed by the Germans during the Second World War. [Read more…]

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