Letter to Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński

As a result of latest events that took place in Poland, the Jewish Community wrote a letter to Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński. The full text is below.

August 4, 2017, Warsaw

Mr. Jarosław Kaczyński
Chairman of Law and Justice

Dear Mr. Chairman,

We would like to express our concern regarding the rise of anti-Semitic attitudes in recent months, accompanied by aggressive hate speech and violent behavior that are directed towards our community.

We are appalled with the recent events and fearful for our security as the situation in our country is becoming more dangerous. We are reminded of the worst episodes in our history by rise of anti-Semitism in a public debate, pointing out Jewish roots of the ancestors of Senator Marek Borowski by Polish Television journalist – Magdalena Ogórek, fascist slogans and flags of ONR Falanga at the state ceremonies. Few days ago parliament member – Bogdan Rzońca from Law and Justice presented his absurd and humiliating views on social media: “(…) I wonder why, despite the Holocaust, there are so many abortionists among Jews.” It showed complete lack of sensitivity and lack of knowledge about the Holocaust.

We do not agree to this. Poland is our home and we refuse to feel unwanted, but recently we get that impression more and more often. Violent attack on Israeli athletes that took place a few days ago, was motivated by anti-Semitism. It showed that anti-Semitism is no longer expressed only with words, but also with actions. We fear for our security and future, we do not want ’68 to repeat. When you spoke in Bialystok during the ceremony commemorating the annihilation of the city’s Jewish Community 14 months ago, we felt reassured. We hoped that you will support our Community that we can count on your understanding of our history and present situation.

It would be extremely important to us if you would strongly and decisively condemn anti-Semitism and express your support for our Community.

Anna Chipczyńska                                                  Lesław Piszewski

President of the Board                                         President of the Union

of the Jewish Community                                     of Jewish Communities

of Warsaw                                                               in Poland