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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 »

Polish Army Swoops In on Nazi 'Gold Train' Site

Explosives, radiation experts assessing site to rule out possible dangers

(Newser) - The world has been hearing about the Nazi gold train for weeks, and we may finally be getting closer to a confirmation or denial. The Polish army has converged upon the southwestern Poland site where the train could be located, with explosives, chemical, and radiation experts making sure there's... More »

Explorer: I Found Massive Nazi Shelter Buried Underground

It's also in Poland, near search for 'gold train'

(Newser) - This might sound familiar: A treasure hunter says he's found something intriguing hidden beneath the earth by the Nazis in Poland. Except this isn't about a nearly mythical "gold train" that has set off frenzied search in the city of Walbrzych. Instead, Krzysztof Szpakowski says he's... More »

Hunt for Nazi Gold Train Now Involves Polish Army

Military hopes to confirm there's actually a train to be found

(Newser) - The Polish army, including an explosives unit, will join scores of treasure hunters in the search for the rumored Nazi gold train apparently buried somewhere below Walbrzych . A government rep says the governor of the area asked for help, and "the defense minister decided to send technical equipment to... More »

Nazi Train Town's New Fear: Gold Hunters Getting Killed

People in the city of Walbrzych have been walking on in-use train tracks

(Newser) - Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train . The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed... More »

Polish Officials: Nazi-Train Hunters Found 'Something'

Walbrzych officials say a military train has been found

(Newser) - Polish officials say a military train has been discovered in Walbrzych, but it's not yet clear if it's the famed Nazi gold train rumored to have vanished in southwest Poland in 1945. Walbrzych "is full of mysterious stories because of its history," says Zygmunt Nowaczyk, the... More »

WWII Bomber, Crew Emerge From Polish River

Soviet plane went down in tributary of Bzura River in 1945

(Newser) - The remains of a Soviet fighter-bomber plane and two crew members shot down by Germans in 1945 have been found in a river in central Poland amid extremely low water levels associated with a drought. Explorers made the find in the muddy tributary of the Bzura River, near the village... More »

Czechs to Give Back 1.42 Square Miles to Poland

Wall Street Journal reports on weird border issue

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal relays progress on one of the strangest and slowest-moving border issues you'll ever encounter. It seems that the Czech Republic owes Poland 909 acres, or 1.42 square miles, and plans to pay up. The land debt goes back to the late 1950s, when the... More »

Poland's CIA Rendition Payout Doesn't Go Over Well

Many feel they're being punished for American wrongdoing

(Newser) - Poland is paying $260,000 to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in the country—prompting outrage among many there who feel they're being punished for American wrongdoing. The European Court of Human Rights imposed the penalty against Poland, setting a Saturday deadline.... More »

Poland Outraged by FBI Chief's Holocaust Remarks

He listed Poles alongside Germans as 'murderers and accomplices'

(Newser) - Angry Polish leaders have demanded an apology from the US ambassador after some ill-judged remarks on the Holocaust from FBI Director James Comey. "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn't do something evil," Comey... More »

Roman Polanski Faces New Hearing

Poland to decide on US request to extradite fugitive director

(Newser) - The US is still trying to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland, and the 81-year-old director will attend a hearing on the matter next Wednesday, his lawyer said today. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 but fled the US after serving 42 days in a plea... More »

Survivors Mark 70 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation

World leaders join some 300 at death camp ceremony

(Newser) - Seventy years to the day since the liberation of Auschwitz, some 300 survivors gathered at the infamous Nazi death camp to reflect on the occasion. Candles are being lit at the execution site known as the Death Wall as world leaders attend a ceremony this afternoon. It could be the... More »

At Auschwitz Ceremony: Grandson of Nazi Boss

Survivors to mark 70th anniversary of liberation on Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Newser) - Tomorrow, survivors will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and among the speakers will be Rainer Hoess, the grandson of the camp's infamous commandant Rudolf Hoess. The younger Hoess has devoted his life to educating people about the horrors his grandfather perpetrated. "I know my... More »

Kremlin: Poland Dissed Putin With No Auschwitz Invite

Organizers say no one was specifically invited

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin will not travel to a ceremony in Poland marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp because he hasn't been invited by the hosts, the Kremlin said today. Putin's spokesman was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that the... More »

Archaeologists Exhume Thousands of Nazi Victims

Soldiers' remains will be given proper burial in Poland

(Newser) - Over the course of six weeks, archaeologists have exhumed the remains of an estimated 3,000 men from eight mass graves in southeastern Poland—bones belonging to nearly-impossible-to-identify soldiers who were victims of the Nazis. The Soviet and Italian troops were interned in a German stalag near the city of... More »

Polish Leaders: We OK'd Secret Prisons, Not Torture

US just asked for a 'quiet site' to 'obtain info,' they say

(Newser) - After years of denials, two former Polish leaders acknowledged yesterday that they had allowed a secret CIA prison to operate on their territory, but they insisted they never authorized the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former Prime Minister Leszek Miller spoke to... More »

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