Irmgard Dirksen who lives in a nursing home in Pinneberg in the Schleswig Holstein region, was a teenager when she worked at the Stutthof concentration camp where over 11,000 Jews, Poles and Russians were murdered by the SS.
US Congressman Steve Cohen has apologised for recent statements suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust, which evoked hefty protests from the Polish ambassador in the US, the Polish-American Kosciuszko Foundation and the Warsaw-based Institute for National Remembrance (IPN).
US Democratic congressman Steve Cohen has come in for criticism after saying “it was not just Nazi, Germany; it was Poland where some of these more severe, serious concentration camps were Auschwitz and Birkenau."
Notable for hosting Polish émigrés including Jan Karski, Witold Gombrowicz and Czesław Miłosz, the house which belonged to General Władysław Sikorski’s secretary Walentyna Janta-Połczyńska, has been highlighted as a place of cultural significance by a local heritage society who want it included on the official register of monuments.
The renaissance pearl that is the Old Town remains as striking and fresh as the day it was finished: a place of colonnaded passageways and shaded, leafy courtyards, it all leads to a mesmerizing square that stops you in your tracks.
The find has been described as enormously significant as it ‘proves that religious Jews not only resisted the deportations in 1942 but also shows that religious practice among observant Jews continued in the ghetto’, director of the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw said.
Having been ignored for decades, the extraordinary stories of the women who fought tooth and nail against their Nazi oppressors are finally receiving the attention they merit.
Published in English, ‘Warsaw Ghetto Police: The Jewish Order Service during the Nazi Occupation’ by Holocaust academic Dr Katarzyna Person is the tragic story ‘of people who are placed in an impossible situation during war and the decisions they make.’
Poland's WW2 ambassador in Japan, along with a large group of Polish diplomats in the country, helped save Jews from the Holocaust, an oriental studies expert told PAP on Tuesday.
After a decade of negotiations, the city has now taken possession of the 19th century synagogue and has vowed to safeguard it as an important element of Jewish cultural heritage by restoring it to its former glory and transforming it into a Jewish Cultural Centre.