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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020

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Georgette Mosbacher

US Ambassador to Poland

Appointed as US Ambassador to Poland by President Donald Trump in 2018, Georgette Mosbacher has been a consistent and brave voice against rising extremism in that country, as well as a firm backer of restitution payments to survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. In July 2020, Mosbacher spoke out forcefully when a former Polish cabinet minister unleashed a tirade of antisemitic and homophobic rhetoric in a speech that attacked the existence of private media outlets. As a result, she was vilified by the Polish far-right, who called on her to “go home!” and threw antisemitic epithets at her on social media. For her part, Mosbacher was defiant. “When I took my oath as Ambassador, I didn’t give up my ethics, values, or sense of right and wrong,” she wrote. “When I see history being distorted or interpreted for malign reasons, I speak out regardless of being Ambassador or not.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)

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