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

Historians defend scholar who studies Poland and Holocaust

Dozens of international historians have come to the defense of a Holocaust scholar who is accused of slandering Poland’s reputation with research that focuses on the participation of some Poles in the killing of Jews during World War II, Washington Post reports. The Polish League Against Defamation says that Jan Grabowski’s

World Heritage Committee to Meet in Krakow, Poland, from 2 to 12 July

The World Heritage Committee will assess the nomination of 35 sites for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 41st session, which will be chaired by Jacek Purchla, founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, the Polish city that will host the session from 2 to

Gardening as a therapy in Poland

An elderly woman leans over to smell a lush flowerbed of lavender in sprawling gardens surrounding an imposing early 20th-century palace in a pastoral corner of eastern Poland. tells this extraordinary story. Slowly a smile lights up her face, erasing her previous stony expression—she suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which often

Kraków hosts festival celebrating Nobel winning Polish writer

A Festival celebrating the life and output of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Czesław Milosz has opened in the city of Kraków, The Polish Radio reports. The programme of the five-day festival includes almost a hundred events: meetings with writers, debates, workshops, concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and special events for children. The

Poland Will Hold Equality Parade in Warsaw

On Saturday, June 3, the Equality Parade will take place in Warsaw, Poland. While the LGBTQ movement is the main focus of the event, it is also meant to raise awareness of the rights situation of all minorities in a country of 38 million people. The first Equality Parade took

Warsaw hosts Jewish Motifs film festival

At the capital’s Kino Muranów cinema, viewers will be able to see over 30 films with Jewish themes from all over the world and attend debates with the filmmakers, The Polish Radio reports. Audiences will also be able to watch movies by celebrated Polish director Andrzej Wajda that have Jewish motifs,