Top Polish Institute Accused of Firing Historians Over Holocaust-era Research

Several prominent academics have been dismissed from Poland’s flagship historical research body this month, the latest after he wrote that a right-wing hero had been involved in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust

Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
Sam Sokol
Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
Sam Sokol

Polish historian Dr. Sławomir Poleszak published a paper last year suggesting that Józef Franczak, an anti-communist insurgent considered by many on the right to be a national hero, had been involved in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. But after an extended campaign against him, Poleszak was fired earlier this month from the state-supported Institute of National Remembrance, Poland’s flagship historical research body.

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