A controversial bill could see thousands of Jewish groups and individuals claiming financial compensation from Poland for loss of property during WWII.The S 447 bill passed by the US Congress on Tuesday April 24 will oblige the US State Department to produce regular reports on “the return of or restitution for wrongfully seized or transferred Holocaust-era assets.”
Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin met in Washington on Friday with the leaders of major Jewish organisations. Noting differences in Polish and Jewish attitudes, he assessed that a dialogue requiring mutual compromise is essential.
It was the Germans' intention and plan to destroy the Jewish nation, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Warsaw on Thursday during state observances marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Some 12,000 Jewish and Polish youth took part in this year's March of the Living on the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp to honour Holocaust victims. The march ended with a ceremony in the Auschwitz camp's Birkenau section.
Residents of the eastern Polish city of Lublin commemorated the 1942 liquidation of its Jewish ghetto on Saturday by walking the route along which the Germans led Jews to a local railway siding, from where they were deported to the Belzec German death camp.
A Remembrance March in Krakow (southern Poland) on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto.
For me the events of March 1968 symbolise the path to freedom and solidarity. For Poles who fought for freedom they should be a cause of pride, not shame, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday. The 50th anniversary of the March '68 events falls on Thursday.
Consul Konstanty Rokicki issued more than 1,000 false Paraguayan passports to about 2,000 Polish Jews in the 1940s, stated the Polish embassy in Bern on Twitter.
The Union of Jewish Communities in Poland and Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich firmly condemned on Wednesday a video of a group of Jews in the US calling for the suspension of ties with Poland over the anti-defamation law.
The comments of the Polish prime minister during a discussion in Munich were by no means intended to deny the Holocaust, the Polish government spokesperson said in a statement sent to PAP on Saturday night.