The head of an extreme-right National Polish Party has posted a video on YouTube in which he says he is a “proud anti-Semite.”
Leszek Bubel states in the four-and-a-half-minute video, “We used to have a Jew on every rooftop but we got rid of them. Jews, Poland is not your country; get out and leave us be.”
Bubel’s video is viewed by some in Poland as a reaction to a widely discussed book by Polish-American historian Jan Tomasz Gross, whose father was Jewish. The Gross book “Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz” released in the U.S. in 2006 and last month in Polish, posits that Poland society was consumed with hatred towards Jews even after the Holocaust, resulting in pogroms right after World War II.
Bubel is known for publishing anti-Semitic tracts and has been prosecuted but never convicted under Poland’s anti-racism laws. His party has never held seats in the Parliament.