WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A Kansas teacher who with his students brought the story of Holocaust hero Irena Sendler to light was honored in Poland.
Norman Conard was presented with the 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award in Warsaw’s Royal Castle on Monday by the Polish minister of culture, Piotr Gliński, and Tad Taube, the founder of the Taube Philanthropies foundation based in San Francisco. Conard is the first American to receive the award since its launch in 2008.
Poland has designated 2018 the Year of Irena Sendler to mark the 10th anniversary of her death at 98.
Sendler, a Polish…
(JTA) — A World War II-era Polish cardinal who was hostile to Jews was recognized by Pope Francis as having “heroic virtues,” the first step to sainthood.
Cardinal August Hlond was one of 12 sainthood cases to be advanced last week by the pope.
In a letter to the Vatican, the American Jewish Committee warned that putting Hlond on the track toward sainthood “will be perceived within the Jewish community and beyond as an expression of approval of Cardinal Hlond’s extremely negative approach towards the Jewish community.” Rabbi David Rosen, the AJC’s director of international interreligious affairs, wrote the letter.
WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A 19-year-old Israeli was detained at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum after he was caught urinating on a memorial commemorating the victims of the camp.
He was questioned for several hours and released on Wednesday after voluntarily accepting a fine as punishment, according to local reports. The fine reportedly was $1,500.
According to Polish law, those who desecrate a monument or other public place commemorating a historical event or a person can be punished with a fine or imprisonment.
The Israeli teen was detained at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. According to witnesses, he urinated on a monument…
(JTA) — A Polish right-wing lawmaker defended his meeting in Lebanon with leaders of Hezbollah, who gave him a medal.
Paweł Skutecki of the anti-establishment Kukiz’15 party met on Monday with Mohammad Raad, the head of the parliamentary faction representing the Shiite militia in the Lebanese lower house.
Dismissing critics who said Hezbollah was a terrorist group with an anti-Semitic agenda, Skutecki said of Raad, “He is a respected lawmaker, head of the Hezbollah group, with whom the world’s most important leaders meet.” Skutecki said the critics were “puppets of puppets operated by puppeteers.”
Klaudia Klimek, a political activist…
(JTA) — A leading news website in Poland reported that it had obtained documents suggesting that the country’s highest officials are not welcome at the White House over a law limiting discourse on World War II.
The documents, which the news website Onet did not describe in its March 5 report, mean that President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not be received by President Donald Trump or any other member of the administration in the United States at all, the report said.
Staff from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw also threatened to suspend funding for joint…