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Against hatred

Witold Bereś

Edelman would always say that any people who are oppressed today can find themselves in a position similar to that in which Jews were under the Nazi rule during the World War Two.

In an interview for the Jewish Word (Słowo Żydowskie, Jan 9, 1998), Edelman said: “There is no Jewish issue in Poland today. If there is antisemitism it is an issue between Poles themselves for there are no Jews in Poland. Those three of four thousand Jews who remain here are mostly old and ailing and don’t constitute any significant community which could play any political role. The fact that antisemitism is still there is politics— it is a Polish issue, as among Poles there are those who like to be anti-Semitic. They think that it will help—this stereotype that once worked to the benefit of national democrats. If there are no real enemies, any progressive person can be labelled a Jew in Poland. Anyone whom they don’t like can be proclaimed a Jew.”

But his comments were not only about Poland. He was outspoken about the oppressed around the world. This is why we know that today Marek Edelman would have condemned all acts of agression, including those against the refugees who flock from Third World countries to the reach countries. This, however, does not meant that Edelman would have supported all those idealists who accept lawbreaking by the newcomers.



We will monitor cases of persecution and ill-treatment of the weak. We will condemn the authors of criminal acts of hate. We will not hesitate to fight those who incite hatred. No matter who they are.