Polish antisemitic, Jewish antiPolish ? Mar 16, 2018 21:17:43 GMT 1
Post by Bonobo on Mar 16, 2018 21:17:43 GMT 1
Polish politician denies Jewish museum’s claim her 2017 tweet was anti-Semitic
March 13, 2018 8:28am
WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – A former Polish presidential candidate has called on the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews to apologize for putting one of her tweets on display as an example of modern anti-Semitism.
Magdalena Ogórek in a tweet Monday called the display of her prior tweet “another expression of oppressive political propaganda.” She said that if the Polin Museum does not apologize for placing her tweet on display, she will go to court and ask for compensation, which Ogorek later said she would donate to The Museum of Cursed Soldiers, which highlights a variety of Polish anti-Soviet and anti-communist resistance movements formed in the later stages of World War II.
Her tweet appears in a new temporary exhibition titled “Estranged: March ’68 and Its Aftermath.” In the July 2017 tweet, displayed anonymously, Ogorek asks if a rival politician, Sen. Marek Borowski, changed his surname “from Berman to Borowski,” referring to his Jewish roots. At the time of the tweet, she was criticized by Jewish organizations and the leftist SLD party from which she ran for president three years ago.
Ogorek is demanding the removal of the tweet from the exhibition and a public apology.
“No one has the right to gag the questions of a historian and a journalist. To see my tweet as an example of ‘modern anti-Semitism’ is another example of political oppression,” said Ogórek, now a broadcaster who leans right politically. In the 2015 presidential election, she ran an unsuccessful campaign as the candidate of the Democratic Left Alliance.
Ogorek in a letter to the director of the Polin Museum recalled that she had visited the museum before its opening and that she has often come back with her daughter.
“Today my child is over a dozen years old. I am proud to say that thanks to me she is a young Polish woman, a patriot who has a lot of affection for the Jewish people,” Ogorek wrote.
The exhibition deals with the organized anti-Semitic campaign by Polish authorities that resulted in the exodus of several thousand Jews from Poland in 1968. Polish President Andrzej Duda on March 8 apologized for the actions of Polish authorities 50 years ago.
“Part of our exhibition ‘Estranged: March ’68 and Its Aftermath’ includes examples of modern hate speech similar to the language used 50 years ago,” Żaneta Czyżniewska, a Polin Museum spokeswoman, told JTA. “All texts are real, and come from various websites and social media. We don’t publish the names of their authors.”
Notes from Poland
12 marca o 10:14 ·
Two Polish journalists have reacted angrily at their inclusion in a new exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews as examples of modern-day antisemitism in Poland.
The exhibition, which is about the events of March '68, juxtaposes antisemitic statements from that period with similar statements from the present day, including letters of abuse sent to the Israeli embassy and tweets made by Magdalena Ogórek and Rafał Ziemkiewicz.
Ziemkiewicz described Jews as 'greedy scabs', with the Polish word he used for scab, 'parch', being a long-established term of offence towards Jews. Ogórek made insinuations about an opposition politician changing his name from (the Jewish) Berman to (the Polish) Borowski. In fact, the politician hadn't changed his name (although his father had).
Ziemkiewicz (who recently had a speaking tour of the UK cancelled due to his anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim statements) accuses the museum of 'insolence and stupidity' and of creating 'party propaganda for the "total opposition"'. Ogórek (a failed left-wing presidential candidate who has reinvented herself as a conservative commentator) says that POLIN is spreading 'oppressive political propaganda' and threatens to take the museum to court if it doesn't apologise.