Monday, February 19, 2018

Polish Chief Rabbi: Young Jews Are Questioning Their Place In Poland - Jerusalem Post

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 FEBRUARY 18, 2018 21:37
Several young Jews are questioning their future in Poland on the heels of the “death camps law,” Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

There have been various reports of an uptick of antisemitic discourse in recent weeks, as well at least a couple of antisemitic incidents in Poland.


In his eyes, the more troubling issue is the statements uttered by Polish officials in recent days.

“The much bigger problem than these unfortunate incidents is that an MP can say Germans killed the Jews in Jedwabne, not the Poles,” he opined. He also flagged “unacceptable” comments by Andrzej Zybertowicz, an adviser to President Andrzej Duda who last week accused Jews of “passivity” in the Holocaust as well as of complicity in Nazi crimes and said that “Israel is fighting to keep the monopoly on the Holocaust.”

In response to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s remarks on Saturday, Schudrich was almost speechless.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Morawiecki said that there were Polish perpetrators, “as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian perpetrators – not only German perpetrators.”

Schudrich said that “what the prime minister said is not only against Jews but also against Poles.”

“How do you put in one sentence Polish, German and Jewish perpetrators?” He questioned.

To talk of “Jewish perpetrators,” he said, “was outrageous.”

“But what he said is also unacceptable for Poles. The prime minister, in the statement in Munich yesterday, basically went against the very law his party just passed, by saying Polish perpetrators in the same sentence as German perpetrators without distinguishing that there is some difference.”

In Schudrich’s eyes, the Polish law has backfired. “I never remembered so many people talking about Polish collaborators.”