Cardinal Wyszinski Sends Jew a Letter Expressing Strong Sympathy for Sufferings

A Polish Jew who attended the unveiling of a memorial monument to the victims of Maidenek concentration camp last September has received a letter from Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski of Gniezno and Warsaw expressing strong sympathy for the suffering of the Jews which he said was well understood by Polish Catholics.

The text of the letter has been published in The London Times which received it from an unknown source. The newspaper said it was the first document to reach this country confirming Cardinal Wyszynski’s strong stand against the anti-Semitic revival in Poland last years. According to the Times, the man to whom the letter was written visited the Cardinal in Warsaw after the memorial ceremonies to which the Polish Primate had not been invited.

The letter said in part: “We have seen among us the common suffering of the war deluge the children of Israel. We have felt with them in their agony and wherever possible we helped them in the common prison which Poland was then, occupied by the invaders. We believe that these sufferings will bring forth the blessed fruit of a better life. Today we rejoice that the martyrs of Maidenek are honored with a memorial. Let these stones cry to heaven for a durable peace on earth and a mutual love between nations.”

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