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    • Chris
    • 02.05.13 | 03:18 (IDT)

    It is true that many Poles were prejudicial and antisemitic, but there were 7000 Poles, the biggest number of all nations, who risked their lives and that of their family, to save Jews. Some saved more than a thousand. There is a lot of hatred towards Poles in Israel and in Jewish communities in other countries. I have experienced it myself while in Israel. One thing should be understood, however. We are talking about Poland and Polish people. This is our country and we have the right to put this monument where we want to. We want to show the world that not all Poles were antisemitic. We want to show respect to Jews, who suffered in Warsaw, but we also want to pay respect to our own countrymen who risked their lives for Jews. Many paid with their own lives for this. I invite all reading it to Warsaw. Take a walk around the city. Look at this monuments commemorationg places where Poles, not Jews, were murdered by Germans, by thousands. Many from my family went to war, and never came back. So, there is nothing nationalistic in the proposed placement of this monument. We want to recognize our own for what they have done to save lives of Jews. All these people who protest location of this monument are themselves bigots.

    from the article: Location of statue commemorating Righteous Gentiles in Warsaw sparks dispute
    First published 01:03 02.05.13 | Last updated 19:03 01.05.13
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