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Poland - Polish Chief Rabbi Spurns Government Invite To Ceremony Honoring WWII Nationalists

Published on: August 8, 2019 11:00 AM
By: JTA
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Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich delivers a speech in Warsaw, January 2019. Schudrich backed Chabad in a dispute with the Jewish Community of Krakow. (Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images)Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich delivers a speech in Warsaw, January 2019. Schudrich backed Chabad in a dispute with the Jewish Community of Krakow. (Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Poland - Poland’s chief rabbi criticized the government’s decision to honor World War II ultra-nationalist fighters and called his invitation to the event a “personal insult.”

President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to attend a ceremony on August 11 celebrating 75 years since the formation of the Swietokrzyska Brigade, which killed Poles it suspected of being communist, including many Jews.

“The organization of these ceremonies insults the memory of all Polish citizens killed in the fight against Germany,” Rabbi Michael Schudrich said in an open letter addressed to Veterans’ Affairs Minister Jan Kasprzyk, the AFP news agency reported. “I regard being invited to take part in them as a personal insult.”

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The letter appeared in Polish media.

The Brygada Swietokrzyska was part of the National Armed Forces (NSZ), an underground Polish ultra-nationalist and anti-communist armed group that fought the Nazis, the Red Army as well as the Polish communist anti-Nazi resistance.

The brigade was at odds with and refused to join the Home Army, or AK, the main Polish underground anti-Nazi resistance that was allied with Poland’s government in exile in London.

“There are so many other Polish heroes, we don’t need to choose the ones who actually killed other Poles, and in this case, many of them of the Jewish religion,” Schudrich said, dubbing the ceremonies “dangerous” historical revisionism.



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 Aug 08, 2019 at 11:25 AM yosher Says:

Jews don't belong in Poland

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 Aug 08, 2019 at 12:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Just goes to show that no matter how many times 99.9% of the gentiles smile at us and pretend to be friendly, the bottom line is they are all sonei Yisrael deep down.

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 Aug 08, 2019 at 12:46 PM AH Says:

Reply to #1  
yosher Says:

Jews don't belong in Poland

Right! They belong in their mothers' basements, being big talkers, like you.

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 Aug 08, 2019 at 03:55 PM yosher Says:

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AH Says:

Right! They belong in their mothers' basements, being big talkers, like you.

foolish retort ,,,irrelevant to the discussion

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 Aug 08, 2019 at 05:28 PM AH Says:

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yosher Says:

foolish retort ,,,irrelevant to the discussion

Why? You're sitting in your mother's basement and thinking to dictate to R. Schudrich where he should live, when he has a heck of a lot more experience on the subject than you. So why shouldn't we call out your witless comment?

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 Aug 09, 2019 at 02:05 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Wow.

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