Polish Intellectuals and Anti-Semitism

Polish Intellectuals and Anti-Semitism

Poland today is the classic home of “anti-Semitism without Jews.” More than twenty years after the frenzied anti-Semitic campaign of 1968, which brought about the exodus of nearly all remaining Polish Jews, hardly a week goes by without some anti-Semitic incident either in the capital or in a provincial city.

On September 5, 1990, for instance, Gazeta wyborcza —the only daily (edited by Adam Michnik) reporting regularly on such incidents—
published a photograph of the Warsaw Monument to the Ghetto Fighters, defaced (not for the first time). The slogan “A good Jew is a dead Jew” (Dobry Zyd to martwy Zyd)* was daubed over the monument’s inscription that “this was the path of suffering and death taken by over 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Nazi extermination camps in the years 1942-1943.” It took several attempts to prevail

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