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Chaim Luviner serving in the IDF's Armored Corps. Credit: Courtesy.

From the Holocaust to the IDF: Grandfather and grandson share a story of survival...

As Israel prepared to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, a grandfather who survived the Nazi atrocities in Poland and his grandson shared a powerful story of survival and continuity. Chaim Luviner, born in 1933 in Poland,...
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, devoid of those participating in the annual March of the Living to mark Yom Hashoah, April 20-21, 2020. Credit: Marcin Kozlowski, March of the Living.

Why are Jews and Poles still arguing about the Holocaust?

It’s a controversy in which there are no heroes, as well as one that in a more rational world no one would bother with. That’s the only way to describe the increasingly complicated brawl...
Nazi SS guards on the arrival ramp at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp in Poland, May 1944. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/Courtesy of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

‘New Yorker’ takes heat for article on Polish complicity during Holocaust

The New Yorker is under fire for an article it posted last week that critics claim lays the blame for the murder of Jews in Poland during World War II on the Polish people and not the Nazis. The magazine...
German SS lead blindfolded Polish prisoners to an execution site near Warsaw. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Yad Vashem ‘deeply disturbed’ by Polish court verdict in Holocaust libel case

Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center said on Thursday that it was “deeply disturbed” by the implications of a Polish court’s recent ruling in a libel case involving the alleged wartime actions of Edward...
“Selection” of Hungarian Jews on the ramp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland, May-June 1944, during the final phase of the Holocaust. Jews were either sent to work or to the gas chamber. Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archives, Jerusalem.

Polish court ruling on Holocaust libel case causes profound concern among Jewish groups

A ruling issued by a court in Poland on Tuesday is meeting fierce criticism from Jewish groups and others who claim that the decision will silence further examination of the role of Polish citizens...
The Polish flag with Warsaw in the background. Credit: Velishchuk Yevhen/Shutterstock.

The historical problem with Poland

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) launched a new website last month titled “Protect the Facts” for the purpose of addressing Holocaust “distortion.” “Distortion” is not quite the same thing as “denial.” The claim that...
The Main Market Square in Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Credit: Tilman2007 via Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish foundation to send more than $300,000 to Righteous Gentiles in Poland

Amid the holiday season, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) is sending more than $300,000 to Christian rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust living in Poland. The financial assistance includes $2,550 for each of...

November 11, 1920: Chaike Belchatowska Spiegel, Ghetto Fighter

Chaike Belchatowska, a fighter in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising who survived to tell about it, was born in Warsaw on this date in 1920. The child of a radical mother, and a member of...
The Sejm, or lower house of the bicameral parliament of Poland in 2014. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Polish Senate votes to delay bill that would ban exports of kosher meat

The Polish Senate voted on Wednesday to postpone provisions to a controversial animal-rights bill banning the export of kosher meat until 2025. Last month, the Sejm, the Polish parliament’s lower house, passed the bill. But...
Shechita (kosher slaughter) of a chicken. Credit: Yofial via Wikimedia Commons.

European Jewish group sounds alarm over Polish bill banning kosher-meat exports

Europe’s largest Jewish umbrella organization expressed alarm on Thursday over an animal-welfare bill in Poland that would ban exports of kosher meat. “This draft law is of deep, deep, concern to European Jewry. It puts...