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Goldmann Says Poland Unmoved by Protests Against Its Anti-jewish Campaign

May 15, 1968
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Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, said here today that the Polish Government has not been budged an inch from its anti-Jewish campaigns by world-wide protests or by appeals by Jewish organizations and by many non-Jewish bodies and individuals normally sympathetic to the Polish Socialist Republic. Dr. Goldmann made this assessment at a meeting of the national council of the British section of the WJ Congress. He said it was astonishing that a regime that is purportedly based on the principles of human rights and safeguarding the rights of minorities, should engage in official propaganda and incitement against Jews.

“This is a disturbing reversion to the traditional anti-Semitic policies and discriminatory acts of former reactionary Polish governments,” Dr. Goldmann said. “It is particularly disquieting because, since the last war, Poland has shown deep sympathy and understanding for the ideals and aspirations of its small Jewish community and has given it aid in maintaining its social and cultural institutions. All we seek from the Polish Government,” Dr. Goldmann said, “is that it keep faith with its ideals of social justice and bear in mind the terrible sacrifices at the hands of the Nazis, made by Polish and other European Jewries on Polish soil.”

(According to Warsaw reports yesterday, representatives of some 20 Jewish and non-Jewish organizations had placed wreaths on the site of Mila 18 which housed the high command of the Jewish Ghetto fighters during the Warsaw Ghetto resistance. A monument was unveiled at the site of the Stutthof concentration camp to mark the 23rd anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis. An inscription on the monument notes that “between 1939 and 1945, 18,000 prisoners from 13 European countries were done to death here by the Hitlerite murderers.”)

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