We must speak about anti-Semitism

There is a lot of hatred in Poland. Chauvinism awakens. Burning the effigy of a Jew during the anti-islamic rally in Wrocław caused uproar and dismay.

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Director of the Jewish Historical Institute prof. Paweł Śpiewak

There is a lot of hatred in Poland. Chauvinism awakens. Burning the effigy of a Jew during the anti-islamic rally in Wrocław caused uproar and dismay. We are not short of anti-Semites in our country: from the far Right to left-wing Liberals, f.e. Janusz Palikot. There is an atmosphere of assent and great dose of indifference towards this type of behavior. We must speak about it, we must analyze these phenomena. Many institutions spoke about it. I fully agree with the letter issued by Polish Council of Christians and Jews. These words sound powerfully:

On December 3rd we are organizing a discussion panel on various form of anti-Semitic attitudes. The most distinguished scholars will participate. Professor Ireneusz Krzemiński is the author of the third during the last 20 years report on Polish anti-Semitism. His latest book of which he was the editor, titled „The Jews – the Problem of a true Pole” was published in 2015. Professor Mirosława Grabowska, General Director of CBOS – Public Opinion Research Center, has been researching Polish nationalism for years. Wojciech Ogrodnik in his studies on farmers exposed how fervently anti-Semitic slogans are still being spread.

Hate speech has been monitored by us in the Jewish Historical Institute. We made two exhibitions dedicated to this phenomenon: one showing pre-war anti-Semitic caricatures, the other of modern art struggling with hatred.

It appears there is constant need of speaking about anti-Semitism and researching this phenomenon, because it is still horryfyingly threatening, poisonous, spreads fear and distrust. 

The discussion panel will be held in Polish at the Jewish Historical Institute on 3rd December at 6.15 p.m. 


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