Negotiations over the future of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps in Poland could begin in a matter of weeks now that hundreds of crosses erected by Polish Catholic extremists have been removed, according to the chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and the head of the coalition negotiating with the government in Warsaw.
Despite a demonstration by hundreds of protesters, the Polish government Tuesday supported a proposal to establish a 100-yard no-development zone around nine former Nazi death camps, thereby thwarting plans to open a mini-mall adjacent to Auschwitz.
A top State Department official, criticized for hiring a pro-Palestinian activist, fired back with both barrels this week. Speaking before the Anti-Defamation League leadership conference on Monday, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Martin Indyk read an angry statement defending his hiring of Joseph Zogby, a young lawyer and the son of longtime Arab-American leader James Zogby.
The annual March of the Living, a pilgrimage of Jews, mostly students, to the ruins of Auschwitz, is no longer a private affair.Once covered primarily through gentle ìhuman interestî features, and then only in cities with large Jewish populations, the march has become an international story with coverage last week from the Philippines (The Manila Times) to India (The Hindu), let alone across the Western world.But while most of the coverage remains deferential and courteous, the heightened attention has brought with it increased scrutiny, not always complimentary, from the Israe
In a unexpected development, the bitter confrontation between Jewish groups and the Polish government over Christian symbols at the Auschwitz death camp moved a few steps closer to resolution this week with a letter from Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek outlini
Washington — In a unexpected development, the bitter confrontation between Jewish groups and the Polish government over Christian symbols at the Auschwitz death camp moved a few steps closer to resolution this week with a letter from Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek outlining the steps his government is prepared to take to end the conflict.
In the letter, Buzek pledged that his government will “remove all new crosses” as soon as possible.