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Poland: 'No Doubt' 3 Russians Had Hand in President's Death

Prosecutors make allegation after new analysis of evidence in 2010 plane crash

(Newser) - Polish prosecutors allege that a new analysis of evidence from the April 10, 2010, plane crash in Russia that killed the Polish president shows that two Russian air traffic controllers and a third Russian official in the control tower deliberately contributed to the disaster. Poland's National Prosecutor Marek Kuczynski... More »

Mystery of the 'Crooked Forest' Puzzles, Decades Later

Was it witchcraft or warfare?

(Newser) - The trunks all bend toward the ground in the same direction, extending three to nine feet, before curving upward and stretching toward the sky, taking the shape of an upside-down question mark. But almost a century after the 400 pine trees were planted in what is now known as Poland'... More »

Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz

11 detained after bizarre protest

(Newser) - A group of 11 young people from several countries was detained after a bizarre protest at the Auschwitz death camp Friday. The Auschwitz museum says the men and women stripped naked, slaughtered a sheep, and chained themselves together under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate, the BBC reports. The... More »

Poland Issues Warrant for US Man It Calls Nazi Commander

Paving the way to seek extradition of Michael Karkoc from Minnesota

(Newser) - A court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States, the AP reports. The AP had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc , an ex-commander in an... More »

Experiment Still (Literally) Shocking 50 Years Later

Re-creation of famous Milgram trial shows subjects will still shock people when told

(Newser) - The Milgram experiment was a famous '60s study in which researchers tested subjects' obedience to authority by ostensibly having them administer electric shocks to unseen partners at the researchers' encouragement—a way to see why atrocities were carried out by Germans "just following orders" during the Holocaust. When... More »

Poland: Minnesota Man Was Nazi Commander

The nation seeks to extradite Michael Karkoc

(Newser) - Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of a Minnesota man exposed by the AP as a former commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II, prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutor Robert Janicki said evidence gathered over years of investigation into US citizen... More »

Poland PM Injured After Car Slams Into Limo

Beata Szydlo is in stable condition

(Newser) - Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is in stable condition after her limousine was involved in a car crash Friday night, but she can carry out her government duties as "nothing serious happened to her," a spokesman says. Rafal Bochenek told reporters that Szydlo, 53, is undergoing tests,... More »

Names of 8.5K Who Ran Auschwitz Put Online

The hope is some of them can still be brought to justice

(Newser) - Historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz concentration camp in hopes that some of them can still be brought to justice. The state-run Institute of National Remembrance said Monday that the SS KL Auschwitz... More »

In a Slap at Russia, US Troops Head to Poland

It's the biggest American military presence in Europe since the Cold War

(Newser) - Europe is welcoming the largest US military deployment in the region since the Cold War. Some 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles, and 4,000 soldiers are expected to reach Poland in the coming days, with many already in place, before they're spread across Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... More »

Poland Has Made a Final Decision on Roman Polanski

The director won't be extradited back to the US

(Newser) - Efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland have come to a "definitive end," with the Oscar-winning director staying put in Europe, Reuters reports. According to the BBC , Polanski fled the US in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The US sought his extradition from... More »

Poland Delivers Ultimate Diss to France— About Forks

It's getting nasty

(Newser) - Note to self: Don't anger Poland's deputy defense minister, or he'll remind you about your country's uncouth eating habits from the 1500s. That was Bartosz Kownacki's reaction after France apparently rescinded Poland's invite to the Euronaval maritime defense fair next week, the Guardian reports.... More »

Thousands of Polish Women Strike, Defeat Abortion Ban

Deputy prime minister says they 'gave us food for thought'

(Newser) - It appears Poland won't be passing a total ban on abortion after all, the BBC reports. Deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Gowin says a mass protest that saw tens of thousands of women go on strike Monday "gave us food for thought and certainly taught us humility." The... More »

Poles Protest Proposal to Completely Ban Abortion

About 5K black-clad protesters are estimated to have gathered in Warsaw

(Newser) - Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion, the AP reports. Speakers at the so-called "Black Protest" said a total ban on abortion, including for victims of rape or... More »

In Abandoned Cold War Bunker, a Determined Colony Survives

Ants keep falling down an old rusted-out pipe in old Soviet nuclear weapons bunker

(Newser) - Call it the road to nowhere. Scores of wood ants living near an old nuclear weapons bunker in western Poland plunge seemingly to death each year—and their descendants follow them—in a bizarre ritual that has amazed scientists. The story begins with hard-working ants that built a colony atop... More »

Legendary Nazi Gold Train May Be Just a Legend

Treasure hunters admit they've found neither train nor tunnel

(Newser) - Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi gold train in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site, the AP reports. The legend has sparked a gold rush, drawing in treasure hunters from across Europe to... More »

The Term 'Polish Death Camp' Soon to Be Illegal in Poland

Many Poles support the legislation

(Newser) - The Polish government approved a new bill on Tuesday that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II, the AP reports. The... More »

Treasure Hunters to Finally Find That Nazi Gold Train. Maybe

A new search starts Monday in Poland

(Newser) - It's been a year since two treasure hunters claimed to have found a Nazi gold train buried under Poland and yet no Nazi gold train has actually been produced. That isn't stopping a team of 35 people, who plan to resume the hunt Monday, Deutsche Welle reports. Last... More »

Family of The Pianist Wins Suit Over Nazi Claims

Appeals court sides with Wladyslaw Szpilman's family

(Newser) - Allegations that composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose story inspired the 2002 film The Pianist, was a Nazi collaborator amount to defamation, a Polish appeals court has decided, according to the Guardian . Previously, a judge had ruled that a claim made in the biography of Polish-Jewish singer Wiera Gran that Szpilman had... More »

Poland to Dig Up Every Victim of 2010 Plane Crash

Officials fear crash was an assassination

(Newser) - Six years after a plane crash in Russia killed 96 people , including Polish president Lech Kaczynski, the body of every available—that is, uncremated—victim is to be dug up, reports Reuters . The ruling Law and Justice party launched a new investigation into the crash after accusing Russia of withholding... More »

16K Items That Vanished From Auschwitz Are Found

They were sitting in boxes at the Polish Academy of Sciences

(Newser) - Jewelry, tobacco pipes, buttons, keys. Archaeologists uncovered more than 16,000 such items in the remains of Auschwitz's Crematorium III and gas chamber in 1967—"the last personal belongings of the Jews" led to their deaths. But while watching an old documentary about the excavation, Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum officials... More »

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