LONDON (Nov. 22)
Poland’s tiny Jewish community is deeply concerned with resurgent anti-Semitism, even as momentous political change is taking place, an expert on Eastern Europe reported here this week.
Dr. Lukasz Hirszowicz, of the London-based Institute for Jewish Affairs, said the democratic changes in Poland have had no effect on rightwing groups, which are “heirs to the anti-Jewish tradition of Polish politics.”
What worries Polish Jewry, according to Hirszowicz, is not the anti-Semitism alone, but that it has been met by silence from the Polish Communist Party and its affiliates.
Anti-Semitic propaganda is being disseminated in complete freedom all over the country, without a word of criticism from the Communists, he said.
Hirszowicz cited what he called the “unusually strong language for a Polish Jewish newspaper” in recent editions of Folks-sztyme, Poland’s Jewish weekly.
Its Oct. 20 edition stated, “This year’s High Holidays in Warsaw passed with Jews in a depressed mood, due to rising anti-Semitic incitement throughout the country — a result of the Jew-hating oration of Poland’s Cardinal Glemp.
“Everywhere, in shopping lines, on trams and buses, and at tenants’ meetings, anti-Jewish slander accusing the Jews of guilt for all Poland’s calamities is being spread,” Folks-sztyme reported.
According to Hirszowicz, the one positive note is that leading Solidarity figures protested against Glemp’s homily.