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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 That was Bartosz Kownacki's reaction after France apparently rescinded Poland's invite to the Euronaval maritime defense fair next week, the Guardian reports....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 »

With 3 Seconds Until Impact, Train Driver Plays the Hero

He ran through train to warn passengers

(Newser) - A train operator had just three seconds to react when he noticed his passenger train was about to crash into a truck partially blocking the track ahead near Wagrowiec, Poland. He apparently used the time wisely: In what is being called a heroic move, security footage shows the driver sprinting... More »

Historian: $500M Treasure Hides in Old Nazi Bunker

Is it really Russia's lost 'Amber Room'?

(Newser) - Some consider it "the world's most valuable piece of lost art," says Reuters , and according to a Polish historian, the Russian treasure may have been located. Bartlomiej Plebanczyk on Friday told his country's TVN24 he's "almost certain" the Amber Room, a chamber made of... More »

Mom, Brain-Dead for 55 Days, Delivers Baby Boy

The mother was pronounced dead shortly after the birth of her son at 26 weeks

(Newser) - A father has taken his infant son home from the hospital—three months after the child was born to a woman who'd been brain-dead for 55 days. According to Sky News , the pregnant 41-year-old had refused treatment for cancer so as not to harm the fetus, though the BBC... More »

How Villagers Buried Bodies to Ward Off 'Demons'

Experts revisit case of skeletons buried with sickles

(Newser) - Want to keep a demon-skeleton from haunting your rural settlement? Just bury it with a sickle at its throat. That's what researchers are saying about four skeletons from the 17th and 18th centuries found buried with iron sickles around their necks in a Polish cemetery, Discovery reports. Writing in... More »

Experts Find Possible Tunnel, No Nazi Gold Train

But a man behind the claim isn't so convinced

(Newser) - So much for all that excitement ? Polish geology experts said Tuesday they have found no traces of a train at a site allegedly hiding a World War II Nazi train. Experts from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow examined the site in Walbrzych, in southwestern Poland,... More »

Poland: We Won't Send Polanski to US

Appeal ruled out in extradition case

(Newser) - Polish prosecutors have closed the Roman Polanski case, meaning the filmmaker can live and work in the country where he grew up and have no fear of extradition to the US . Prosecutors said Friday that an October verdict rejecting extradition for a 1977 statutory rape case was "right" and... More »

Giant Hitler Head Pops Up in Polish Garden

This one's made of marble and stands 20 inches high

(Newser) - It was just another day of typical garden work at a Polish museum when a worker's shovel clanked against something hard buried in the ground. The find: a 20-inch-high marble sculpture of the head of one Adolf Hitler, AFP reports. "Somebody made an effort to properly hide it,... More »

Search for Nazi Gold Train Gets Green Light

One big catch: No digging allowed

(Newser) - Investigators have finally been allowed to commence the hunt for a Nazi gold train thought to be buried near the Polish city of Walbrzych—but they're not allowed to dig. Instead, experts will be using measuring equipment and detectors to try to get answers from the embankment that some... More »

Polish Court to US: You Can't Have Polanski

Court denies US extradition request, but case may not be over

(Newser) - A Polish court has rejected a US request to extradite Roman Polanski, who admitted to having unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 but fled the night before he was to be sentenced. Judge Dariusz Mazur said granting the request would be "obviously unlawful," because it was unlikely... More »

Forest Outside Nazi Death Camp Yields Disturbing Find

Hundreds of shoes, belts, clothing found in forest near Stutthof

(Newser) - For decades, the items sat hidden by shadows and foliage. Then a recent hike through a forest outside the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp in Poland revealed the disturbing sight: previously unknown artifacts, including hundreds of pairs of shoes, belts, and strips of prisoner uniforms, up to a foot deep,... More »

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