Polish newspaper's front page teaches 'how to recognise a Jew'

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

According to a photo of the front page, published by MP Michal Kaminski, it also contains tips on "names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of action, disinformation activities". Gross spoke last month at a Holocaust studies conference in Poland whose speakers the newspaper accused of being anti-Polish. The article in the rabidly-antisemitic publication tells readers, "How to defeat them? This can not go on!" the front page also said. In March, the Polish government watered down a controversial Holocaust law and removed parts that imposed jail terms on anyone who suggests the nation was complicit in Nazi crimes, only six months after its approval in parliament sparked an worldwide outcry.

Only Poland is published by Leszek Bubl, a nationalist political candidate, an antisemitic Holocaust-denier who promotes conspiracy theories blaming the Jews for ruining Poland. In the past, he has sung anti-Semitic songs about "rabid" rabbis, the JTA reported.

Initially, Andrzej Grzegrzolka-the director of the Sejm Information Center-said the newspaper was being sold in kiosks within the parliament, meaning it was not up to the Information Center to regulate its sale. It was printed with a photo of Jan Gross, a Polish Jew who teaches at Princeton University. Before the second world war, Poland was home to one of the world's largest Jewish communities, which was wiped out by the Nazis.

Conservative politician Michał Kamiński, with a copy of the paper in his hand, appealed at a press conference "to the Speaker of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, to explain how it is possible that this type of paper is propagated in the Polish parliament". In particular, he suggested that Polish villagers were complicit in the massacre of Jews in the town of Jedwabne in 1941. However, in 2016, the nationalist Law and Justice government was reportedly considering stripping the scholar of the honor for what it considers his anti-Polish work.

Critics accuse the nationalist government in Poland of whitewashing times when the Polish government collaborated with the Nazis.

Survivors and head of state prepare to light candles on a memorial for the victims after the main ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on January 27, 2015 in the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland.

A woman passes by a window bearing a swastika tag on the building of the Citizens of Poland movement on February 26, n Warsaw, Poland.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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