Polish lawmakers condemn Communist-era purge of Jews

Published on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:58
Written by The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s lawmakers approved a resolution Tuesday to mark mass anti-communist protests that occurred 50 years ago and to condemn an anti-Semitic purge that ensued.

Both the right-wing ruling party and the opposition backed the resolution on the 1968 events in communist-ruled Poland. The lower house of parliament voted 424-3 with two abstentions to approve it.

Students defending a banned anti-totalitarian play, based on the work of Romantic period poet Adam Mickiewicz, initiated the protests, intensifying infighting among rival communist factions. The crisis climaxed in the purge of Jews from the ruling party’s ranks and from across the society.

Some 13,000 Jews were forced to leave Poland and were stripped of Polish citizenship that year. The purge has continued to weigh on relations between Poles and Jews, which generally have been good since Poland became a democracy in 1989.

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:58. Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:00.