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Sun Feb 11, 2018, 05:32 AM

Polands Jews fear for future under new Holocaust law

Even on a clear day, history hangs over Warsaw like smog. Flattened during the Nazi German wartime occupation and rebuilt during communist rule, what Poland’s capital may lack in architectural charm it makes up for with a litany of monuments, statues, plaques and shrines dedicated to collective suffering and individual sacrifice.

One lesser-known memorial is a small plaque on the wall of the Warszawa Gdańska railway station, a nondescript socialist-era building on the north side of the city. It was from here that many Poles of Jewish origin departed in the wake of the “anti-Zionist campaign” in March 1968, when cold war politics and a power struggle within the Polish Communist party led to an antisemitic propaganda campaign forcing thousands of Polish Jews to leave the country.

“Loyalty to socialist Poland and imperialist Israel is not possible simultaneously,” prime minister Józef Cyrankiewicz had declared in 1968. “Whoever wants to face these consequences in the form of emigration will not encounter any obstacle.” The plaque bears a tribute from the Polish-Jewish writer Henryk Grynberg: “For those who emigrated from Poland after March 1968 with a one-way ticket. They left behind more than they had possessed.”

In a few weeks’ time, Poland’s Jewish community will mark the 50th anniversary of the events of March 1968. They will do so in the wake of arguably the most serious crisis in Polish-Jewish relations since the fall of communism in 1989, after the passage of controversial legislation criminalising the attribution to the Polish state or Polish nation of complicity in the crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

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Behind the Aegis Feb 2018 OP
Puzzler Feb 2018 #1
BigDemVoter Feb 2018 #2
Skittles Feb 2018 #3
Behind the Aegis Feb 2018 #5
Blue_Tires Feb 2018 #4
Solly Mack Feb 2018 #6

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 11, 2018, 10:25 AM

1. K&R

-Puzzler

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 11, 2018, 06:05 PM

2. What are there-- maybe 4000 left from a prewar total of 5 million?

And the Poles still think the roots of their economic problems are "the Jews."

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 11, 2018, 06:30 PM

3. staggeringly inhumane

 

their mistreatment never seems to end

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:15 PM

5. No it doesn't.

This is a picture I took of a propaganda poster at the Oscar Schindler museum in Krakow, Poland.



It translates from Polish as "Europe does not want to see this face anymore." Some things never change!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:40 AM

4. Hey, you vote in the crazy and shit like this is the result...

it's not hard to track the cause-and-effect here....

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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:46 PM

6. K&R

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