We condemn the act of vandalism against the monuments at the former Plaszow concentration camp and all instances of persecution and discrimination against individuals and groups wherever they occur.
Polish politicians have spoken out strongly against this act. Polish Foreign Minister Sikorkski said:
“The people who did this deserve the highest condemnation. This is something which ruins Poland and which I personally am ashamed of.”
Polish Cardinal Dziwish has apologised to Jewish people on behalf of all Christians for what happened.
Our embassy in Warsaw was in touch with non-governmental organisations and relevant Government representatives that deal with and monitor anti-Semitism on 16 April 2009. The Polish Government 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: