Poland to freeze law returning stolen property to Jewish survivors

The Polish government has decided to “re-examine” a draft bill to compensate Holocaust survivors for property confiscated from Jews during World War 2, Ynet reported, citing the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), which expressed a concern that the Polish Justice Ministry would slip the bill into cold storage for the foreseeable future. WJRO chairman Gideon […]

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Country: Poland
Source: Jewish Press




Poland to vote on law limiting kosher slaughter prompting Jewish backlash

Poland’s government has proposed a new law that would limit kosher slaughter, in a move that has provoked a global outcry from the Jewish community. The animal welfare bill will seek to impose significant limits on the technique and would enforce “restrictions on exporting kosher meat from Poland, which would affect a very large part of the Jewish communities in Europe”, […]

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Country: Poland
Source: The Independent




Polish president signs bill giving jail time for implicating Poland In the Holocaust

Polish president President Andrzej Duda signed a bill on Tuesday that authorizes jail time for people convicted of suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust. Poland is the location of several former concentration campus, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 1 million people — almost all of them Jews — were systematically killed in World War II. […]

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Country: Poland
Source: NPR



** FILE ** In this April 19, 1943 file photo, a group of Jews, including a small boy, is escorted from the Warsaw Ghetto by German soldiers. The family of a Polish social worker Irena Sendler who is credited with rescuing 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis during the Holocaust says she has died.  Sendler's daughter, Janina Zgrzembska, says her 98-year-old mother died Monday, May 12, 2008, morning in a Warsaw hospital. Sendler organized the rescue of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany's brutal World War II occupation. (AP Photo)

Polish parliament’s lower house votes to criminalize mention of Polish crimes in the Holocaust

The lower house of the Polish parliament has approved a controversial bill that would forbid any mention of participation of the “Polish nation” in crimes committed during the Holocaust. The bill would also bar use of the term “Polish death camp” to describe the death camps where Jews and others were murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland […]

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Country: Poland
Source: Haaretz





Rights group accuses Poland of crackdown on protesters

Amnesty International on Thursday alleged police and justice authorities in Poland are suppressing anti-government protesters, a claim flatly rejected by the interior ministry. “The Polish government is cracking down on peaceful protesters in a blatant attempt to dissuade further protests,” AI said in a new report published on Thursday. Titled “Poland: on the streets to […]

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Country: Poland
Source: France 24




Polish president announces support for referendum on refugees

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said Thursday that he supports holding a referendum asking Poles if they want to accept refugees — but not until 2019 and only if migration is still a “problem” then. “The current Polish government doesn’t agree with the (EU) quota system. We don’t agree with a mandatory redistribution of refugees to […]

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Country: Poland
Source: Daily Sabah





Poland plans to punish Nazi camp slurs

Poland’s conservative government says anyone who uses language that implies Polish responsibility for Nazi German atrocities will face jail or a fine. The government has agreed on a new law to criminalise “insulting and slandering the good name of Poland”. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) has a clear majority in parliament. Phrases like […]

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Country: Poland
Source: BBC