Holocaust jewelry discovery in Auschwitz


Auschwitz coffee mug and hidden jewelry, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Hidden jewelry discovered in Auschwitz Museum

Today, 11:49

In a museum piece at the Auschwitz Museum in Poland jewelry has been found hidden in the Second World War by Jewish prisoners of the concentration camp. It is a ring and a necklace that had been hidden under the false bottom of a coffee mug.

Curators found the jewelry when they were doing maintenance work on the utensils. The mug’s double bottom was rusting, leading to the discovery of the hiding place.

Under the mug were a woman’s gold ring and a necklace wrapped in canvas. Research has shown that the jewels were made in Poland between 1921 and 1931.

Many Jews hid valuables in their luggage as they were deported. According to museum director Piotr Cywinski because they were cheated by the Nazis. The deported Jews had been told that they would be housed elsewhere and that they were allowed to take a small amount of luggage. In reality, the Nazis were after their valuables.

The museum in Poland has about 12,000 cups, pots, bowls, kettles and jugs taken away by the Nazis during the war.

No traces

The probability that the legal owners of the jewelry will be found is very small according to the museum. In the mug there are no traces which might help to identify them. The jewelry will be documented in any case and will be stored in a safe place.

In Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in Poland during WWII 1.1 million Jews and 100,000 other inmates were killed.

Ring found in Auschwitz Museum coffee mug

One should hope that this heart-breaking discovery will give pause to present day politicians in Denmark, Germany and elsewhere who want to steal the jewelry of refugees fleeing NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ wars.

Polish girl bullied to death by British racists


Racist grafitti in Britain

This photo shows an African Caribbean girl in Britain, next to grafitti by racists.

Racists don’t just hate Africans, or Asians. Often, they consider, eg, people from Ireland, or from Poland, as also not really belonging to the so-called white race. They hate these people as well.

Dagmara Przybysz, photo Rex Features

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Polish girl who complained of classroom racism found dead at school in Cornwall

Dagmara Przybysz had previously told the Ask.fm website that she was the victim of racist bullying

Caroline Mortimer

A Polish teenager who had previously complained of racist bullying has been found dead at her school in Cornwall.

Dagmara Przybysz,16, had complained about being bullied at school on the Ask.fm website two years before she died.

Police and paramedics were called to Pool Academy in Pool, Redruth, Cornwall on Tuesday afternoon at around 2:15pm, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She had used the website – which itself has come under criticism for facilitating anonymous bullies – to answer a question about what problems she had at school.

She replied it was “racism” and added that her friends calling her “nasty” behind her back made her feel sad.

Friends paid tribute to her on social media with one writing: “It is so sad what people do to make people do this stuff.”

Another said: “Such a beautiful girl, died a such a young age because of absolute p***ks”, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Her friends have sent up a tribute page to her and are organising an event to remember her in Redruth on Sunday.

Dagmara has been described as “beautiful, bright and creative” by her school and headteacher Zelma Hill said she was devastated by the news.

In a statement, the school said: “It is with overwhelming sadness that the principal, governors and staff of Pool Academy can confirm the tragic, sudden death of one of our students.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of Dagmara Przybysz. Dagmara was a beautiful, bright and creative 16-year-old student with a very promising future ahead of her. She was passionate about fashion and photography.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dagmara’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Lynx meets wolf in Poland, video


This video says about itself:

Rare encounter of wolf and lynx in nature

Watch the exceptional encounter between the highly threatened wolf and a family of lynx in Poland’s wild forests. See also here.

Both animals have bounced back from the brink of extinction in Europe thanks to strong protection under EU Nature laws, but they are still at risk. We are campaigning to ensure that Europe’s beauties of nature are effectively protected.

Learn more about WWF campaign here.

Polish coot winters in Dutch Zwolle


This 2011 video is from the Plaswijckpark in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A young coot had got stuck in a fence. People managed to free it. After investigation whether it was wounded, the bird was freed and swam again.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels radio today:

Polish coot in Zwolle

Now, every winter already for seven years there is a coot with a numbered collar in a park in Zwolle. The animal turns out to have been ringed in eastern Poland!

Sad

The coot was discovered by Claudia van der Leur, making a walk every day around the park. “I thought at first it was a bit sad, a coot with such a large collar. But now that I look back at it for so many years, one may assume that it does not suffer from this band. ”

Van der Leur came into contact with fellow birdwatcher Louis Zandbergen. Who scanned the Internet for the origin of the animal. It turned out to be a coot ringed in eastern Poland in 2010. Except in Poland and Zwolle, the animal has also been seen on several occasions in Germany.

Not ab usual migratory bird

Gerrit Gerritsen of BirdLife in the Netherlands Bird explains that although coots are not standard migrating birds “they still can travel considerable distances. In winter there are huge groups in our country. and part of them comes from Eastern Europe, as demonstrated by this lovely sighting by Claudia and Louis.”

Site fidelity

That the animal has such fidelity to this site is not so surprising to Gerritsen. “A bird of course has an advantage if it is on familiar ground in both winter and summer. Then it learns best where the good food is and where dangers threaten.”

This coot has a white collar with the letters C18 on it.

Dutch house martins in artificial nests


This video is about a house martin nest on a balcony of an apartment building in Poland.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands today:

Between the 1960s and 1980s, the house martin populations in our country decreased by about 70%. From 1990 on there was a slight increase. Despite this attention to their protection needs: for alleged nuisance their nests are too often removed or they are prevented from nesting in many ways. To help house martins with additional nesting opportunities therefore in the Netherlands since 2008 139 house martin ‘dovecotes’ have been made available.

Each year, these cotes are monitored. In 2015 house martins nested in 21 cotes. Thus, the occupation increases slowly, from 2.7% in 2010, 4.5% in 2011, 8.5% in 2012, 9.8% in 2013 and 12.3% in 2014 to 15.1% in 2015. Because once occupied cotes usually during following years remain inhabited and every year a few cotes will get new inhabitants it is expected that the occupancy will continue to increase in coming years.

Good bird news from Poland


This July 2019 video is about white-winged black terns in Biebzra in Poland.

From eco-restore.net:

Poland’s got new islands (2). Birds already know!

03/09/2015

Latest update from the Polish project we recently wrote about:

Good news for terns and gulls in Southern Poland. Several new islands are inviting them to breed! A short update and photos from Tomasz Wilk, the OTOP/BirdLife Poland coordinator behind this project in Partnership with Górażdże Group.

Most European rivers have lost their natural features such as islands, sand and shingle banks as well as their dynamic river bed. In consequence bird species breeding in such habitat, eg. Common Tern or Little Tern, need special conservation measures to prevent them to slip into the international Red List. Protecting natural river islands but also providing substitute habitats for those species proves highly successful.

This is the idea behind the partnership project “Strengthening the role of waterbodies in Górażdże Group mining sites for conservation of island-breeding birds”. Two brand new islands have been floated in Nowogród Bobrzański mining site, to provide nesting place for Common Terns. The spot has been chosen carefully – large reservoirs located close to river Bóbr (acting as a migration corridor for birds) and observations of single pairs of Common Terns breeding in the neighbourhood in previous years, suggest that this is a promising place.

The islands are a novelty for Poland – they are made of concrete reinforced with special, high-strength fibre. This ensures their long term resistance to water, frost and sun, and at the same time provides stability and protection – so much important for birds! This type of islands, invented and patented in Czech Republic, has been used for the first time in Poland! First Common Terns have been observed on the islands just the next day after their floating. We will soon find out wether the birds will make use of them for nesting. Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, the Czech Society for Ornithology is providing 24 new islands of the same type on 6 sand and gravel pits in partnership with the extractive industries.