Poland

Poles posthumously honoured for saving Jews

Four Polish citizens have been posthumously awarded Righteous Among the Nations medals for their efforts in helping Jews during the Second World War amid the Nazi Holocaust. A ceremony held in the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków on Friday saw the families of Adam Janik, Maria and Wincenty Kwiatkowski and Bronisława Porwit receive distinctions in the presence of...

Two Portuguese found guilty of inscribing their names on the gates of Auschwitz

Two Portuguese Catholic youths received suspended sentences from a court in Poland on Tuesday after being found guilty of engraving their names on the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The two young men, aged 17, had come to Poland to participate in World Youth Day in Krakow, with Pope Francis. They were arrested last year after engraving...

“Ride for the Living” cycling event held in Poland

Around 150 people took part in a 90km “Ride for the Living” bicycle rally to celebrate Jewish history and the revitalisation of Jewish culture in Poland. Cyclists rode from the gates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp to the Jewish Community Centre in Kraków. “It is not only about commemorating Jewish history but above all, about celebrating the rebirth...

Naked group slaughters sheep at Auschwitz

A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, before being detained by police. A spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, Bartosz Bartyzel, said their motives were not clear as they briefly stood and then sat down by the notorious Arbeit...

Polish group burns effigy of Jewish woman

A group of Warsaw residents celebrated the first day of spring by burning the effigy of a Jewish woman. A video from last week’s incident was removed from YouTube. A Polish prosecutor reportedly will investigate the incident, the Wporst news website reported. The recording featured a group called Conscience of the Nation TV. They burned and drowned a Jewish effigy...