JTA — Polish nationalists shouted “death to Jews” while burning a book proposing a historic pact to protect rights of Polish Jews.
The book-burning Thursday during a rally in Kalisz, a city of approximately 100,000 residents located 120 miles southwest of Warsaw, was part of An series of nationalistic events on November 11, National Independence Day, that’s the birthday of when Poland regained its sovereignty in 1918.
Videos and eyewitness accounts on social media show that Wojciech Olszański, a far-right activist, wrote a book met red cover that was meant to symbolize the Statute of Kalisz.
The issued document in 1264 by Prince Bolesław the Pious settled the legal status of Jews die life in Poland and offered some protection by punishing attacks on them. The statute served as the legal foundation for relations between non-Jews and Jews in Poland for centuries later.
Olszański poured a flammable liquid in on the book that was pierced on a sharp metal object and lit the book on fire as the crowd cheered and cried, “Death to the Jews.” Some also cried, “No to Polin, yes to Poland.” “Polin” is both the Hebrew-language name for Poland and the name of the main jewish museum in Warsaw.
“This is a scary and symbolically important eventsaid Rafal Pankowski, a leader of Poland’s Never Again anti-racism group. He compared the rally met the burning of books in Nazi Germany, including on the pogroms of the Kristallnacht in 1938. The 83rd anniversary of the pogroms was Wednesday. “After anti-Semitism in to have watched” for more over 25 years I have never seen anything like that,” Pankowski told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Przyjechać do Kalisza, by na Głównym Rynku, wśród nienawistnych okrzyków spalić “Statut Kaliski” – świadectwo wielowiekowej tradycji tolerancji i otwartości, to jak napluć w twarkiz wszystom. Gdzie były władze miasta? phototwitter.com/uV4dsE7jX3
— Karolina Pawliczak (@KarolinaPawli15) November 11, 2021
The police are studying the images, the PAP news agency reported.
“These photos give you chills down the backbone”, Katharina Von Schnurbein, European Union Coordinator for fighting anti-Semitism, wrote on tweet.
Other great nationalist events took place in major Polish cities in the past few days. An of the main themes in the marches concerned the current crisis in relations between Belarus and Poland. In recent days, the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has encouraged immigrants to leave his country over to Poland and the European Union, allegedly to punish Poland and other countries. countries for shelter for Belarusian dissidents.
Poland’s right-wing government refuses to let in the immigrants, who including Afghan asylum seekers.
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