WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Priests at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have drawn criticism after they burned books, including from the "Harry Potter" series, and other items that their owners said...
A rare albino penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland.
The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Workers in the Polish city of Gdansk dismantled Friday a statue of the late Solidarity-era priest, Henryk Jankowski, following allegations he sexually abused...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The new mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk says a statue of late Solidarity-era priest Henryk Jankowski, at the center of allegations he abused minors, should not stand in a...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The deputy to slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has won a by-election to become his successor and the first woman to hold the post, officials in Gdansk said...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Residents in Poland's northern city of Gdansk voted Sunday in a by-election to choose the successor to late Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was fatally stabbed during a charity...
Workers restore Polish priest’s statue despite abuse claims
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Shipyard workers in northern Poland on Saturday put back into place the metal statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest that protesters toppled amid allegations that he...
Man charged for toppling statue of Polish priest over abuse
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors said Friday they have charged the first of three men who pulled down the statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest amid allegations that he sexually...
Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a...
Dutch authorities raise number of containers lost in storm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say a freight ship lost dozens more containers than previously thought when it was caught in a heavy storm early this year.
The Dutch water authority said Wednesday that at least 345 containers fell off the MSC Zoe freighter Jan. 2. The previous estimate was 291.
The authority says the ship's owner raised the estimate after unloading the final containers at the port of Gdansk in Poland.
Poland’s political divide widens more after mayor is slain
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Strzemeski watched with unease as a high school friend voiced support for Poland's nationalist government on social media, followed by hate-filled extremist posts. But when the liberal mayor of Gdansk was stabbed to death in public in January, he could no longer hold back his anger.
"Congratulations for your perseverance sharing right-wing filth," the 58-year-old university lecturer wrote to his former classmate. The two haven't communicated since.
Widow of slain Polish mayor blames killing on state TV
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The widow of Poland's slain mayor has blamed his death on "hate speech" used against him on government-controlled television.
Magdalena Adamowicz said in an interview published late Tuesday on Onet.pl portal that TVP has "responsibility" for the death of Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz.
Polish PM calls for respect in public life after mayor slain
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on politicians and public figures Sunday to make the public debate more respectful after the slaying of Gdansk city mayor which raised calls for national reconciliation.
Morawiecki said that the death of Pawel Adamowicz was a "great evil" that should be turned into something positive. Events were held across Poland in memory of Adamowicz, including at the site where he was fatally attacked.
Archbishop calls for unity at slain Polish mayor’s funeral
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic archbishop and other speakers at the funeral Saturday of slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz urged an end to the political and social divisions in Poland, targeting some of their comments at the country's ruling right-wing party.
Top Polish and European officials and thousands of citizens joined Adamowicz's widow, two daughters and other family members at the Mass held at Gdansk's vast Gothic St. Mary's Basilica.
Tens of thousands honor stabbed Polish mayor on burial eve
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Church bells tolled as tens of thousands in Poland's northern city of Gdansk walked in a procession Friday bringing the coffin of the city's slain mayor to a basilica on the eve of his burial.
Slain mayor lies in state at Solidarity museum in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The slain mayor of Gdansk lay in state Thursday at a museum devoted to Poland's pro-democracy Solidarity movement, which started in a local shipyard and the late city leader was active in as a student.
Residents lined up to file past the coffin of Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, which was surrounded by white-and-green flowers and draped in the flag of the city that re-elected him to a sixth term in the fall.
Mayor’s killing in Poland sparks anger against hate speech
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Wednesday heatedly condemned the power of hate speech to trigger real-life violence after the slaying of a popular liberal mayor, with many calling for stronger actions against those who threaten others.
Not only did the killer, an ex-convict, take the life of the 53-year-old Gdansk mayor, Pawel Adamowicz, but he stabbed him during a popular fundraising concert by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which raises money for life-saving medical equipment.
Poles place candles and flags at half-staff for slain mayor
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff and people signed condolence books at municipal buildings across Poland and in diplomatic missions abroad on Tuesday as the nation mourned the stabbing death of the popular liberal mayor of Gdansk.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said police have arrested three people who had called for more killings following the assassination of Pawel Adamowicz, who died Monday after being stabbed the previous day during a charity event.
Slain mayor led Polish city known for openness, Solidarity
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's port city of Gdansk, where the longtime mayor died Monday after being stabbed at a fundraiser, served as the setting for key events in 20th century European history, from the early shots of World War II to the Cold War's final days.
The movement that played a pivotal role in the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe was born in the local shipyard, an event Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and others recalled when they called Gdansk a city of "freedom and Solidarity."
Poles unite in grief over assassination of Gdansk mayor
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of Poland's port city of Gdansk died Monday after being stabbed at a charity event by an ex-convict with a history of violent crime. The killing plunged the politically divided country into shock and grief and brought Poles into the streets for solemn vigils in a rare show of national unity.
The Latest: Poland mayor mourned as critic of anti-Semitism
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing of a Polish mayor (all times local):
The president of the World Jewish Congress says the fatal stabbing in Poland of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was an attack "on the very value of tolerance."
In a statement issued in New York on Monday, Ronald Lauder called Adamowicz "a true friend of the Jewish community, speaking loudly and clearly against anti-Semitism in Poland."
Doctors fight to save Polish mayor stabbed in heart on stage
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A convicted criminal with a knife rushed on to the stage during the finale of a charity event Sunday night and stabbed a Polish mayor in the heart and abdomen before shouting that he did it for political revenge, in an attack that left doctors fighting to save the politician's life.
The Latest: Polish mayor in serious condition after stabbing
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The latest on the stabbing of the mayor of Gdansk, Poland (all times local):
A doctor in Poland says Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has undergone five hours of surgery after being stabbed onstage during the finale of a charity fundraiser.
Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak at the Medical University of Gdansk told reporters early Monday that "the patient is alive but is in a very serious condition."
Polish Church urged to check sex abuse claims against priest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has asked the local Roman Catholic archbishop to investigate allegations that a now-deceased priest who rose to prominence in the Solidarity pro-democracy movement sexually abused minors.
Sex abuse claims made against late polish Solidarity priest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in Poland is demanding that a monument to a prominent priest of the Solidarity pro-democracy movement be removed following allegations that he sexually abused minors.
The monument to the late Mgr. Henryk Jankowski stands in Gdansk in front of St.Brygida's church, where he was the rector.
Jankowski rose to prominence in the 1980s through his support for Solidarity and its leader Lech Walesa in their struggle against Poland's communist authorities.
Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions
BERLIN (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS concentration guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder painted himself Tuesday as an unwilling participant in the Nazi machinery of death.
Johann Rehbogen is accused of working as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp east of Danzig, which is today the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to about early September 1944.
In a statement read by his attorney, the defendant told the Muenster state court he was "not a Nazi."
Former Nazi SS camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany
MUENSTER, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS enlisted man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, facing hundreds of counts of accessory to murder for alleged crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp.
Poland: Exit poll gives centrists edge in key mayoral races
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An exit poll suggested Poland's populist ruling party lost mayoral runoff elections Sunday in key cities including Krakow and Gdansk, though it wasn't immediately clear how hundreds of other local races were leaning.
Poland's local elections have received more international attention this year amid the rise of populist governments in other parts of Europe and around the world.
The Latest: Exit poll: Poland ruling party losing mayorships
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Poland (all times local):
An exit poll suggests Poland's populist ruling party has lost mayoral elections in Krakow and Gdansk in local runoff votes.
Runoff races for mayor in 649 cities, towns and local municipalities took place on Sunday, two weeks after a first round of voting. Projections were not immediately available for most places.
Stutthof Nazi camp guard going on trial in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — A former SS guard is going on trial next month in Germany on charges of accessory to murder for serving at the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp.
The 94-year-old, who hasn't been identified due to German privacy laws, is being tried in juvenile court because he was under the age of 21 at the time of his alleged crimes, Dortmund prosecutor Andreas Brendel said Friday.
Polish police arrest suspect in rock attack on synagogue
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police in the Polish city of Gdansk have detained a 27-year-old man suspected of smashing a synagogue window during the Yom Kippur holiday earlier this week.
Security footage showed a man hurling a rock at the New Synagogue on Wednesday evening. Several people were nearby inside, including children, but nobody was hurt.
Polish police looking for man who threw stone into synagogue
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police are looking for a man who threw a stone into a synagogue in the city of Gdansk as members of the Jewish community were praying at the end of the Yom Kippur holiday.
On Thursday, police released security footage of the incident, which shows a man in a dark shirt and jeans walking up to the New Synagogue and throwing a stone into a window.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lech Walesa, Poland's former president and pro-democracy leader, said Saturday he is joining forces with the opposition to prevent Poland's right-wing ruling party from winning a string of upcoming elections.
The 74-year-old Walesa spoke at a meeting of opposition parties and activists in the Baltic city of Gdansk, at the center dedicated to the Solidarity movement he led in the 1980s that brought democracy to Poland.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two people have been killed and at least 27 others injured when a bus carrying retirees on a seaside holiday veered off the road and into a grassy ditch in central Poland, officials said Monday.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A spokesman for Poland's Navy says that three Russian-made submarine signaling missiles have been found in recent days at different locations on Poland's Baltic Sea beaches.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors on Poland's Baltic coast have opened a probe into potential environmental damages in the Bay of Gdansk after the sewage system of that Baltic Sea city malfunctioned.
The spokeswoman for Gdansk province prosecutors, Grazyna Wawryniuk, said Friday that prosecutors were looking into the cause of the accident and into whether it had endangered the environment or residents.
Holocaust survivor warns Polish leaders over Nazi groups
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Holocaust survivor told people at a counter-rally held Saturday in a Polish city where far-right groups marched a week earlier that Poland's leaders tolerate organizations with Nazi-inspired ideologies.
Some 1,500 people gathered in Gdansk, the cradle of Poland's pro-democracy Solidarity movement in the 1980s, to protest the convention the far-right groups held in the city and to alert Poland's government to the growing threat of fascism.
Germany: 2 ex-guards indicted for WWII Stutthof camp deaths
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they have indicted two former Nazi SS guards in their 90s on charges of being accessories to murder while they worked at a World War II concentration camp.
Both men served as guards at the Stutthof concentration camp, located near what is now the Polish city of Gdansk, Dortmund prosecutor Andreas Brendel told The Associated Press.
Lech Walesa: My family paid for my pro-democracy struggle
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lech Walesa, the icon of Poland's struggle for democracy, has said his role as a national hero was paid for with his family life.
Walesa spearheaded Poland's Solidarity movement in the 1980s and then served as president under democracy from 1990-95. During the presidency he lived in Warsaw, while his wife, Danuta, and their eight children remained home, in Gdansk.
Poles pray en masse at border; Some see anti-Muslim agenda
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish Catholics held rosaries and prayed together Saturday along the country's 3,500-kilometer (2,000-mile) border, appealing to the Virgin Mary and God for salvation for Poland and the world in a national event that some felt had anti-Muslim overtones.
Poland’s ex-president Walesa unhurt after minor car accident
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that Lech Walesa, the former democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was in a minor car accident but is unhurt.
The accident happened Thursday in Gdansk, the northern Polish city where Walesa lives.
The 73-year-old former president was being driven in a government car, a privilege extended to former presidents. The Government Protection Bureau confirmed the accident and said nobody was hurt. It said the accident was caused by another car.
Heavy storms in Poland kill 5 people, injure dozens more
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Heavy storms have brought down trees and other objects, killing five people in Poland, including two teenage girls at a scouting camp, and injuring dozens of other people.
The storm hit an area of northern Poland lying between Gdansk, on the Baltic Sea, and city of Bydgoszcz.
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate were guided by two Holocaust survivors around the site of a former Nazi German concentration camp in Poland on Tuesday and then visited the historic city of Gdansk.
The royal couple is on a goodwill trip to Poland and Germany aimed at underscoring Britain's intention to maintain friendly relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former president Lech Walesa, a democracy hero, has been hospitalized with heart problems in his Baltic coast home city of Gdansk, his son said Saturday.
Jaroslaw Walesa told The Associated Press via text message that his father was feeling "unfortunately weak." It was not immediately known when he could be discharged from the heart diseases ward of the Gdansk University Clinic.
Poland’s WWII museum opens amid an uncertain future
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views.
The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is at the center of a standoff between the historians creating it and Poland's populist government, which is seeking a court order to have it closed and then wants to reshape its current multi-national focus.
Court move extends independence of Polish WWII museum
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A major new World War II museum in Poland unexpectedly gained at least a few more weeks of independence before it is expected to come under government control, thanks to a last-minute court order on Tuesday.
The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is at the center of a standoff between the historians creating it and Poland's populist government, which wants to take control of the museum and change its content to fit its nationalistic worldview.
Court allows Polish government to take over WWII museum
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court ruled Tuesday in favor of the government in its standoff with a major new World War II museum fighting for its survival.
The conflict revolves around the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, which has been under creation since 2008 and was scheduled to open within weeks.
Fate of Polish WWII museum unclear amid battle over history
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — It was supposed to be the first museum in the world to tell the story of World War II in its entirety by focusing on all the nations caught up in that global conflict. But it has fallen foul of changing political priorities in its Polish home, and as it opened its doors for the first time Monday, it's facing an uncertain future.
Lech Walesa attends funeral of son who battled alcoholism
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Former Polish President Lech Walesa attended the funeral Friday of a son who died at the age of 43 after struggling with alcoholism.
The Walesa family held a private funeral for Przemyslaw Walesa in their home city of Gdansk. He was third-born of Lech Walesa and wife Danuta's eight children — four sons and four daughters.