Dozens of Arab youths in the National Service (Sherut Le’umi), who serve as counselors in the No’ar Oved Ve’lomed youth group (associated with the Labor Party), participated in a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday night. Continue reading
A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees is on display in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the place where so many Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by Hitler’s regime, and it is provoking mixed reactions.
The work, “HIM” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, has drawn many visitors since it was installed last month. It is visible only from a distance, and the artist doesn’t make explicit what Hitler is praying for, but the broader point, organizers say, is to make people reflect on the nature of evil. Continue reading
With holiday markets, mulled wine and the unique “szopki” culture, the Polish city may be the most traditional December destination in the world
Welcome to a city so cold that even a well-insulated, heavily whiskered Santa Claus might think about pushing back gift delivery till spring.
Beneath the cold of the southern Polish city of Krahow, however, lies an ancient hotbed of holiday trade that generates enough Christmas warmth to overcome any winter chill. Continue reading
Over the last six years, the Polish branch of the Catholic charity Caritas has installed 50 baby hatches across the country. These hatches (heated boxes in the walls of hospitals and religious buildings where mothers can safely abandon their babies) have saved over 40 children in that time – but they are now under threat. Continue reading
Present-day Muranow, a district of Warsaw, Poland, is built on rubble and the remains of Jews who perished there during World War II, but many residents are ignorant of the area’s past. Continue reading
Marek Tuszewicki is doing doctoral work at the Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, teaches Yiddish at the Krakow JCC, and leads a club that brings together those who like to sing Chasidic songs and read Yiddish literature. Continue reading
Poland’s sports minister has replaced the manager of the National Stadium, the person who was blamed for the country’s rain-postponed World Cup qualifier against England. Continue reading
The box-like glass building rises from soil marked by tragedy in the heart of Warsaw’s former Jewish district. At certain angles, its luminous facade reflects the outlines of a dark memorial to those who fought and died in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis. Continue reading
Communist Poland tried to stamp out Wroclaw’s history – as the once-German city of Breslau – upon taking control of the city after World War II. But Wroclaw now is embracing its past.
If there is one sign of Wroclaw‘s transformation from a peripheral city in southwest Poland into an assertive Central European cosmopolis, it is the popularity of its new literary hero, Eberhard Mock. Continue reading
The new house is only four-feet wide, but it comes with a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom, and its first tenant will move in this weekend. Continue reading