Poles cannot be blamed for Nazi death camps: World Jewish Congress head

“Poles cannot and should not be blamed for the fact that Nazis chose Nazi-occupied Poland as the location for their death camps,” the head of the World Jewish Congress wrote in a Polish daily on Tuesday. “I will always stand up to distorting history, regardless if caused by misunderstanding or ill

Documentary film fest opens in Poland

The 16th Millennium Docs Against Gravity documentary film festival opens in six cities across Poland on Friday. A total of 156 movies will be screened, most of which will premiere at the festival, which runs until May 19. The festival, now in its 16th year, is Poland’s biggest festival of documentary films

Auschwitz exhibition goes on show in New York

An exhibition about the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz will go on show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on Wednesday. Entitled Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, the display earlier had a successful run at Madrid’s Arte Canal Exhibition Centre, where it was extended twice

Guitar Guinness World Record broken in Poland, again

Guitarists beat the Guinness world record when 7,423 musicians got together in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, to play “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix on Wednesday. The previous record of 7,411 guitarists was set last year at the annual Thanks Jimi Festival, a tribute to the legendary rock musician who died in London

Poles traveling more often

Poles are traveling more often during long May weekend, according to Polish Tourism Agency. May 1 in Poland is part of a holiday season known as Majówka or May Days which includes Poland’s Constitution Day, celebrated on May 3. During that time, many Poles choose to travel around the country. Polish Tourism

International Jazz Day in Poland

Public broadcaster Polish Radio is celebrating International Jazz Day with a two-day jazz fest. April 30 was designated as International Jazz Day by UNESCO in 2011 and is celebrated worldwide. In Warsaw, the first concerts take place on Monday evening at the Polish Radio Concert Studio and include acts by the Futoma

Polish film director Stanisław Jędryka dies at 85

Polish iconic teen-film director Stanisław Jędryka has died in Warsaw at the age of 85. He was best known for his feature films and television series from the 1960s and ‘70s, all considered classics in the Polish teenage film genre. Among his most notable works are those scripted by writer Adam Bahdaj,

Measles cases skyrocketing: report

A total of 678 people were diagnosed with measles in Poland between January 1 and April 15, up from 34 such cases in the same period of 2018, experts have said. The National Health Institute reported that 339 Poles came down with the condition last year, and 63 in 2017. The World

Warsaw synagogue symbolically returns to life

Images of a Warsaw synagogue blown up by Poland’s Nazi German invaders during World War II were on Thursday due to be projected at its original site. The images, part of a sound and light show, were set to be screened on the eve of the 76th anniversary of the outbreak

Poland’s Tokarczuk shortlisted for another Man Booker Int’l Prize

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for the second year in a row. Her novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, was among six books nominated for the 2019 award on Tuesday. Tokarczuk’s environmental thriller