Warsaw ghetto museum to be set up by 2023: Polish officials

A new museum will be set up in the centre of the Polish capital by 2023 to show the World War II story of the Warsaw ghetto, top government officials announced on Wednesday. The museum will be housed in a building that was once home to a hospital within the confines

National Library marks 90th anniversary

The National Library of Poland has marked 90 years since it was founded, with President Andrzej Duda calling it “an invaluable part of Polish heritage”. The present National Library was created in February 1928 by Ignacy Mościcki, then president of Poland, though the institution has existed in various forms since the

Metropolitan Opera stars perform in Szczecin

Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and French tenor Roberto Alagna, both artists with the Metropolitan Opera, will star at a gala concert in the north-western Polish city of Szczecin on Friday. The programme includes famous duos from Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The event marks the 65th anniversary

Titanic exhibition comes to Poland’s Kraków

A large number of original items from the Titanic, the ill-fated ship which sank in the Atlantic in 1912, are on display in an exhibition that opens in Kraków on Friday. The southern Polish city is yet another stop for Titanic: The Exhibition, a travelling show that has attracted several

Veteran comedy actor Wojciech Pokora dies at 83

Veteran Polish comedy actor Wojciech Pokora died in Warsaw on Sunday at the age of 83. He left behind dozens of memorable film and theatre roles, including appearances in movies that achieved cult status in communist-era Poland. These included director Stanisław Bareja’s Teddy Bear (Miś, 1980) and What Will You Do

Poland not responsible for Holocaust: Jerusalem Post

Poland is not responsible for the Holocaust and "was one of the countries that sent large numbers of men and women to resist the Nazis,” the Jerusalem Post has said in an article amid a spat between Israel and Poland over a new law on Holocaust responsibility. The article, penned by

MPs back jail terms for references to ‘Polish’ death camps

Polish deputies on Friday voted through a law under which anyone who uses the phrase "Polish death camps" would face up to three years in prison or a fine. The new law would also allow criminal proceedings to be launched against anyone who denies crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists between

Abortion debate back on tracks with newly proposed bill

In October last year, Polish women stood in the pouring rain and freezing temperatures to protest a proposed bill that would ban abortion in the staunchly Catholic country. Ostensibly in response to international pressure, days later, the Polish government rejected the legislation, USA Today reports. A newly proposed anti-abortion

Former Warsaw Ghetto to be named protected archaeological site

The area where the Warsaw Ghetto was located could be eligible to be listed as a protected site. The goal is to protect the remains of the ghetto, located underground, which are sometimes excavated during repairs, and and are not always turned over to museums, Jewish TA reports. On the initiative

Amazon shortlists 20 cities for second headquarters

Amazon released a list of 20 cities on Thursday which it is considering for its second headquarters, including established technology hubs like Boston and Pittsburgh as well as more surprising choices such as Columbus, Ohio. The tech company has whittled down its shortlist after a sometimes bizarre bidding process that involved