A Holocaust memorial plaque in Poland (Yad Vashem)
A memorial plaque marking the mass grave in Poland. Photo by Yad Vashem
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It is often said of Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski that his life story could provide several film plots. One of these involves the unlikely love story between the country perceived as the cradle of anti-Semitism and Israel.

In an interview with Haaretz earlier this week during a visit of the Polish cabinet for a joint session with Israel's cabinet, Sikorski said he found much common ground between the historical experiences of Israel and Poland.

"We feel your pain because we had ourselves lived in conditions of occupation of loss of statehood and the threat of cultural and physical annihilation, so you know how precious it is to have your own state to express your interests," he said.

"We feel solidarity with both people of the Holy Land who have a right to live in secure borders, but above all it was also the fact that because the Polish state was too weak in 1939 to stand up to Nazi Germany and to protect all of its citizens and Nazi Germany carried out the Holocaust on our own soil, against our will but in front of our eyes," he continued. "I think that this also is a spiritual source of this solidarity."