Poland rips up school system in rapid reform

Changes made in 1999 are being reversed as the government closes 'unequal' junior high schools. The first school bell on September 4 ushered in a new school year for almost 5 million students in Poland and also marked the beginning of a controversial reform of the country’s educational system, Euronews

Polish villagers hold Jewish wedding (without Jews)

Nostalgia for Jews is a well-documented phenomenon in Eastern Europe, with cultural and even substantial commercial aspects. In Ukraine, so-called Jewish-themed restaurants with pork-heavy menus compete for tourists, while figurines of Jews are sold at markets as good luck charms. In Poland, graffiti reading “I miss you, Jew” have become a

Yiddish comes alive in Warsaw every summer

When Gołda Tencer, the director of the Shalom Foundation and the Jewish Theater in Warsaw, lit the Sabbath candles last Friday, she was accompanied by dozens of people from various countries. Though their mother tongues differed, the voices at the table were united by a common language: Yiddish. Jewish Telegraphic

Vintage Polish-made Fiat for Tom Hanks

The Hollywood star, worth £300million, has been given the classic car from townsfolk in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, after posting photos of himself next to 1974 Fiat 126s in Budapest last year, The Sun reminds. The economy cars were made in Bielsko-Biala from 1973-2000 and the Poles still have warm feeling for it. Organiser

Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn

The beleaguered FTSE 100 firm strengthens balance sheet by selling a 22% stake to Bertelsmann in deal valuing the publishing giant at $3.55bn. Pearson has sold a 22% stake in Penguin Random House, the world’s biggest publisher, with titles ranging from Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Oliver and The Girl on

Old German Caves, Poland Silver Mines Make UN Heritage List

The United Nations' cultural agency has added to its list of World Heritage sites six caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver ore mines in southern Poland. USNews reports. Ancient caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and

Warsaw hotel prices jump 17 per cent as demand continues

Warsaw hotel prices have jumped 17 per cent as demand continues to creep up, while the NATO Summit helped fill Brussels hotels by an extra 19 per cent, Hotstats has revealed in its latest survey. The hotel watchdog's quarterly European Chain Hotels Market Review shows that average room rates (ARR) in

Fire engulfs historic Polish cathedral

A huge blaze engulfed the tower of a 700-year-old Gothic cathedral in the western Polish city of Gorzów Wielkopolski. Firefighters contained the flames on Sunday night, 24 hours after they were first reported at 6:30 pm on Saturday, a fire department spokesman said. He added that officers remained at the scene to

UNESCO World Heritage Committee session opens in Kraków

The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has formally opened in the southern city of Kraków, with about 1,000 people, including Poland’s president and top government officials, in attendance, Radio Poland reports. The committee is tasked with deciding on which places of cultural or natural significance deserve international protection. Among

Love of Israel on display at Krakow Jewish culture festival

The 27th Jewish Culture Festival held in Krakow's historical Jewish district Kazimierz aims to promote Israel and educate participants on its traditions. For over a week tourists can ride through Jerusalem streets in a virtual taxi, taste traditional Jewish cuisine and listen to concerts by a number of folk bands, Jerusalem