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April 16, 2013 7:27 pm

Poll: 45% of Polish High School Students Would be ‘Unhappy’ if Family Member Was Discovered to be Jewish

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Crowd near the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto. Photo: courtesy of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

A high proportion of Polish schoolchildren are openly anti-Semitic, according to a new survey carried out at schools across the capital city Warsaw.

The poll, commissioned by the city’s Jewish leaders to mark this Friday’s 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, showed more than 60 per cent of those asked would be ‘unhappy’ if they discovered their boyfriend or girlfriend was Jewish.

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Researchers also found that 45 per cent of the city’s students would be “unhappy” if a family member turned out to be Jewish, with 44 per cent saying they wouldn’t want a Jewish neighbor and another 40 per cent saying they wouldn’t want to go to school with a Jew.

The students surveyed also showed a clear lack of knowledge of the city’s Jewish history. For example, they thought Warsaw’s pre-war Jewish population was 18 percent, when in fact every third resident of the city was Jewish.

The UK’s Daily Mail quoted Dr Michal Bilewicz, from Poland’s Centre for the Research of Prejudice at Warsaw University, as saying: “The historical awareness of Warsaw’s high school students is extremely poor, which is unfortunately a reflection on the standard of teaching in our schools.

“And this lack of historical consciousness and awareness explains their aversion to modern Jews.”

The poll was carried out by public opinion researchers Homi Homini in March, with 1,250 high school students taking part.

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  • Strauss

    As they should. Be yourself and don’t surrender to these big-nosed rats.

  • David Stephenson

    The Daily Mail (original article) corrected its horrendous mistranslation from Polish. A quarter of Warsaw teenagers thought the Ghetto Uprising was a success! Not that it was Hitler’s success [d’oh!]. You could sort of argue the corner for this way of thinking – depends how you view success. 58% of them could actually name the Jewish fighters’ leader. The original article made much of teenagers’ problems with mathematics – with (in then Polish territory) approx. 3m ethnic Jewish dead and 3m ethnic Polish dead they see this as equal suffering. In human terms they’re right, but in percentage terms they’re wrong. Anti-semitism in Poland is mostly directed (in my experience) at died-in-the-wool Communists: Adam Michnik (v. politically influential journalist in a rabidly anti-clerical newspaper) and his Stalinist judge-murderer brother Stefan. And the heart-throb in my daughter’s class (17 year-olds) is a Jew … (apparently it’s the “dark eyelashes that ACTUALLY CURL”). What you do have is the word “Jew” used in a nasty non-PC way, in the same sort of way as they refer to Africans as backward. Not nice and needs to be eliminated, but reminds me of northern England in the 1970s.

  • Eric R

    I guess that 50 years of enslavement under the Soviets was not enough to shale the Jew-hatred out of Poland.

    Like most Europeans the Jew-hatred is in their genes and in their mother’s milk.

  • Ezra

    Shoshana is correct… but it goes further. We need to ask ourselves the question: why is it that such a large number of polish youth voice their disdain for Jews? Surely they weren’t born anti Semitic. The sad truth is that their immediate and extended families and even their churches continue to instill this hatred toward Jews.

  • David Stephenson

    First, a bit about me. I’m English, married to a Polish woman, and live just outside Warsaw.
    You do encounter racism in Poland, as elsewhere. Mostly it is directed by educated, pseudo-intellectual TV entertainers against Ukrainians. Goodness know why. Anti-semitic remarks in my experience have been almost exclusively connected with the anti-Polish, Communist leading light of the stridently anti-clerical newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. To make matters worse, his brother was one of the worst Stalinist judge-murderers. Google Stefan Michnik. Right-wing Polish Jews don’t get this stick.

  • HaDaR

    Why the surprise?
    Even their “saint”, Father Kolbe, wrote antisemitic pamphlets before the German invasion!
    These are the same goyim who assassinated the Jews who DARED to come back alive from the camps…after having helped the nazis round them up during the war…
    These guys were among the kapos in Auschwitz…
    Their chief cardinal, Glemp, was sued IN PERSON for antisemitic statements by Alan Dershowitz in the ’80s…
    Their popular culture is FILLED with antisemitic art and even popular antisemitic representation before Easter…
    They learn antisemitism in their mothers’ arms.
    Conduct the same polls in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Bielorussia… You’ll see similar results.
    Give it another few years of Obama and a few hundreds of thousand more of antisemitic Catholic immigrants from Central and South America, and the rest from Muslim countries, and you’ll see the same in the US.

  • Shoshana

    The anti-Semitic Poles don’t need to worry about having Jews at school or in their neighborhoods; they were very happy to collaborate with the Nazis to murder Polish Jewry, and most of the few who survived have left.