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Poland: Anti-Semitism

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on anti-Semitism in Poland; and if he will make a statement. (278236)

Our embassy in Warsaw is in touch with non-governmental organisations and relevant Polish Government representatives that deal with and monitor anti-Semitism. A lot of work has been done since 1988 to improve understanding and bring about reconciliation. The Polish Government have recently highlighted some of their initiatives in their interim report, responding to a 2007 memorandum, to the Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights. This can be found on the Commissioner’s website: PolandReport_en.asp.

The Polish Government are also very supportive of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews which is due to open in 2011 and of which President Kaczynski is patron.