Tag: Poland

Holy war in the city of knives: anti-semitism and football on the streets of Krakow

In Krakow, what seems like blatant anti-Semitism is often normalised as nothing more than football-related banter. I’ve seen enough episodes of Copa90’s ‘Derby Days’ by now to know that every city has its own unique footballing rivalry. But when Krakow’s two top-flight teams Wisła and Cracovia meet in the city’s local derby, there’s a lot more… Continue reading “Holy war in the city of knives: anti-semitism and football on the streets of Krakow”

Eye Witness Testimony of Gas Chambers built at Belzec – Stanislaw Kozak – 14 October 1945

In the latest of a series looking at eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust, CARR Senior Fellow, Mr Chris Webb presents the troubling account of Stanislaw Kozak, a local Pole who helped build the gas chambers at Belzec, along with other Polish craftsmen. ‘There arrived in Belzec in October 1941, three SS-men who demanded 20 workers… Continue reading “Eye Witness Testimony of Gas Chambers built at Belzec – Stanislaw Kozak – 14 October 1945”

The Eyewitness Account of Tadeusz Pankiewicz and the Krakow Ghetto – June 1942

Krakow 2016 – The Eagle Pharmacy © Chris Webb On June 4, 1942, it was the Jews of Krakow who faced the perils and uncertainties of a round-up. A Polish Catholic, Tadeusz Pankiewicz, witnessed the round-up from the window of his pharmacy – situated in Harmony Square at the very centre of the Krakow ghetto.… Continue reading “The Eyewitness Account of Tadeusz Pankiewicz and the Krakow Ghetto – June 1942”

Marching with Dabrowski – what the centenary of Polish Independence can tell us about the radical right?

“I could not think of a better way to grasp what is behind the nationalist frenzy than to take part in their public events. On November 11, Poland celebrated National Independence Day.” Some weeks ago, an article by Aleksandar Hemon instigated an interesting debate about the merit of ceasing all ties with those who consider themselves nationalists,… Continue reading “Marching with Dabrowski – what the centenary of Polish Independence can tell us about the radical right?”

The Sobibor Death Camp Revolt – October 14, 1943 – Part 2

Content Warning: The following blog contains depictions of violence within the eyewitness account which some readers may find distressing. Reader discretion is advised.    In the second of a two-part series, Senior Fellow, Chris Webb, covers one of the most courageous events of the Second World War, where Jewish prisoners, against all the odds, rose… Continue reading “The Sobibor Death Camp Revolt – October 14, 1943 – Part 2”