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Poland: Anti-Semitism

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the defacing of monuments at the former Plaszow concentration camp near Krakow on Saturday 13 March 2010; what recent discussions he has had with the government of Poland on anti-Semitism in Poland; and if he will make a statement. (324377)

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: Report_en.asp