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August 2, 2012 12:01 pm

Poland Drops Anti-Semitism Investigation Due to “Lack of Interest”

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Secretary Clinton with Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland. Photo: wiki commons.

An investigation into anti-Semitism in Poland has been called off nearly a year after it began, due to what the country’s general prosecutor’s office says is a “lack of public interest”.

Early last year, Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski filed a complaint after he found threatening anti-Semitic text on Polish internet sites, prompting an opening of an investigation in April of 2011.

One of the posts took aim at Sikorski’s wife. reading “Radoslaw Sikorski, the husband of the Orthodox Jewish American, the enemy of real Poles, American agent who is remote-controlled by his father-in-law,” according to the Jewish Chronicle.

Sikorski’s complaint with the prosecutor’s office also followed his discovery of websites that read “To the oven, Jews, to the oven. Hitler started, we will finish.”

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  • Fredric M. London

    I would love to say I am surprised. I would love to say I am surprised that there is gambling in Las Vegas, or military activity on a military base, or skyscrapers in New York. However, all of these are obvious, not a surprise in the bunch. Poland has always been, and continues to be to this day, Jew Haters, Inc. Why don’t the Palestinians move to Poland? Plenty of room and a warm welcome.

    • Ewa

      Not all Poles are like this– just as not all Americans are racists. How do I know? I’m a Polish Jew (and a queer one to top it off!), who visits Poland often. Both rural and urban areas. Yes, there is antisemitism and homophobia there, but I’ve never been attacked for either my orientation or my heritage. Often, other Poles complain why Poland is stereotyped for being anti-Jewish and homophobic rather than actually combating the sources for these stereotypes: actual antisemitism and homophobia in Poland! Unfortunately, foreigners who have no ties to Poland but comfortably sit and call Poles antisemitic are not helping the problem: this tends to perpetuate the notion among Poles that foreigners have, ironically, an anti-Poland complex.

      Folks, do you want to help Poles be less antisemitic and homophobic? Talk to one: if they have a problem with Jews and LGBT people then prove them wrong. Don’t complain over the Internet about the evil of others and neglect to worry about the evil in your own community.

  • Ira Kasper

    It is hard to believe that Poland has forgotten, maybe not the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising but surely the Warsaw uprising just a little after. Hatred may start with Jews but it will never end there.