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Prominent Jewish Leaders Slam Polish PM Over Holocaust Restitution Comment

着名的犹太领导人抨击波兰总理大屠杀归来评论

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Morawiecki’s contention — assuming that it was uttered as reported — that providing restitution to Jews for their stolen property would be ‘Hitler’s posthumous victory’ is alarming in the extreme,” the WJC leader stated.

By The Algemeiner

Several prominent Jewish leaders on Monday denounced as “reprehensible” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s reported comment last week that paying compensation for Jewish property stolen during the Holocaust would be a “posthumous victory” for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

“Poland was itself subjected to years of savage Nazi occupation, which makes its failure to appropriately confront the tragedy of millions of its Jewish citizens who were earmarked for annihilation by the Germans especially troubling,” World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder stated.

“Successive Polish governments have steadfastly refused to recognize the material losses of Polish Jewry and have essentially treated their homes and other property as the spoils of war — and individual Poles and Polish institutions have profiteered from these assets for more than seven decades.

“This unwillingness to acknowledge that the victims of the Holocaust and their heirs are entitled to a modicum of material justice is unfortunate enough, but Prime Minister Morawiecki’s contention — assuming that it was uttered as reported — that providing restitution to Jews for their stolen property would be ‘Hitler’s posthumous victory’ is alarming in the extreme,” Lauder added. “I hope that Prime Minister Morawiecki was misquoted and can provide an explanation. Otherwise the sentiments underlying his words can only be characterized as reprehensible and must be thoroughly rejected.”

“As a longtime friend of Poland and the Polish people, I call upon Prime Minister Morawiecki to either deny or retract this deeply offensive and utterly incomprehensible statement,” Lauder concluded.

B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said, “B’nai B’rith is appalled at the absolutist stance of the Polish government that it will never provide any restoration or compensation to Jews whose property was stolen during the Holocaust.”

They continued:

“Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his Law and Justice party have clung to the view that because Poland was also a victim of Nazi Germany it cannot be held responsible for crimes committed against Jews. They are therefore denying rightful and long-overdue compensation to Polish Jews whose property was stolen during World War II. However, some Poles did participate in crimes against Jews, before, during and after the war.”

“Poland’s post-war Communist regime nationalized much of the property stolen from Jews. Morawiecki says any restitution to Jews must be paid by Berlin. Last year in the shadow of a Polish law that would have criminalized talk of Poland’s complicity in the Holocaust, we noted that Poland must acknowledge a history of antisemitism that preceded the Holocaust and persists to this day.”

Far Right in Poland Protests US Restitution Law
Earlier this month, hundreds of far-rightists marched in Warsaw to protest against a US law on the restitution of Jewish property seized during or after World War II, an issue increasingly featuring in campaigns for upcoming Polish elections.

Carrying placards with slogans including, “Poland has no obligations,” and, “Holocaust hyenas,” demonstrators marched from the prime minister’s office to the US embassy in central Warsaw.

Poland was home to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities before it was almost entirely wiped out by Nazi German occupiers who set up death camps such as Auschwitz on Polish soil. Thousands of Jews were also killed by native Poles during the war.

Former owners and their descendants have been campaigning since the fall of communism in 1989 to be compensated for lost property, which was seized by Poland’s authoritarian rulers, but successive Polish administrations have lacked the money or determination to resolve the issue.

据WJC领导人称,Morawiecki的论点 – 假设已经如报道所述 – 为犹太人提供的被盗财产的恢复原状将是’希特勒的死后胜利’在极端情况下令人担忧。

通过The Algemeiner

周一,几位着名的犹太领导人谴责波兰总理马特乌斯·莫拉维茨基上周末发表的评论称,在纳粹领导人阿道夫·希特勒(Adolf Hitler)为纳粹领导人阿道夫·希特勒(Adolf Hitler

世界犹太人大会(WJC)主席罗纳德·劳德总统说:“波兰本身遭受了多年的野蛮纳粹占领,这使得它无法恰当地面对数百万犹太公民的悲剧,这些公民被指定为德国人歼灭特别令人不安。”说明。

“历届波兰政府坚决拒绝承认波兰犹太人的物质损失,并且基本上将他们的家园和其他财产视为战争的战利品 – 波兰和波兰的个别机构已经从这些资产中牟取了七十多年。

“我们不愿意承认大屠杀及其继承人的受害者有权获得一点物质公正,这是不幸的,但莫拉维茨基总理的论点 – 假设按照报道说的那样 – 为犹太人提供了被盗财产的恢复原状“希特勒的死后胜利”极为惊人,“劳德补充道。 “我希望莫拉维茨基总理被错误引用并提供解释。否则,他的话语背后的情绪只能被视为应受谴责,必须彻底拒绝。“

“作为波兰和波兰人民的长期朋友,我呼吁总理莫拉维茨基否认或撤回这一深刻的冒犯和彻底难以理解的声明,”劳德总结道。

B’nai B’rith国际总裁Charles O. Kaufman和首席执行官Daniel S. Mariaschin说:“B’nai B’rith对波兰政府的绝对主义立场感到震惊,它永远不会向犹太人的财产提供任何恢复或补偿。在大屠杀期间被盗。“

他们继续说:

“波兰总理马特乌斯·莫拉维茨基及其法律与正义党坚持认为,由于波兰也是纳粹德国的受害者,因此对于对犹太人犯下的罪行不负责任。因此,他们否认在第二次世界大战期间其财产被盗的波兰犹太人的正当和早就应得的赔偿。然而,一些波兰人确实在战争之前,期间和之后参与了对犹太人的犯罪。“

“波兰的战后共产党政权将从犹太人手中偷走的大部分财产国有化。莫拉维茨说,任何对犹太人的赔偿都必须由柏林支付。去年在波兰法律的阴影下,该法律将波兰同谋大屠杀的言论定为犯罪,我们注意到波兰必须承认大屠杀之前的反犹太主义历史,并一直存在至今。“

波兰极右翼抗议美国归还法
本月早些时候,数百名极右翼分子在华沙游行抗议美国关于在第二次世界大战期间或之后缉获的犹太财产归还的法律,这一问题在即将举行的波兰选举中越来越受到关注。

带着标语的标语包括“波兰没有义务”和“大屠杀鬣狗”,示威者从总理办公室游行到华沙市中心的美国大使馆。

波兰是世界上最大的犹太人社区之一,之前几乎完全被纳粹德国占领者所摧毁,他们在波兰土地上建立了诸如奥斯维辛集中营等死亡集中营。在战争期间,成千上万的犹太人也被本土波兰人杀害。

自1989年共产主义垮台以来,前所有者及其后代一直在竞选失败的财产,这些财产被波兰的独裁统治者占领,但历届波兰政府都缺乏解决问题的资金或决心。

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