Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Poland: Forbes apologizes for accusing Jewish leaders of taking Holocaust restitution monies

The Polish edition of Forbes magazine apologized for three articles about the restitution of prewar property of Jewish communities that targeted the leaders of Poland’s organized Jewish community and several Jewish organizations. 
The apology for the articles published in September was published Monday on the magazine’s website. The original articles were titled “Who are our leaders?”, “Jewish accusation,” and “Kaddish for a million bucks.”

More: Jewish Daily Forward.    See also JTA

The apology states:
We regret that the above mentioned articles contained invalid claims regarding the activities of institutions and individuals described therein, claims which were detrimental to the property and heritage of Poland’s Jewish community. In particular apologize for the publication of information suggesting the following activities: that the individuals named in the articles reaped personal benefit from the activities of Jewish organizations in Poland; that the restituted Jewish cemeteries in Torun, Gliwice and Lublin were sold contrary to the principles of Jewish tradition and that there was no settling of accounts of the funds allocated for preservation of Jewish heritage. 
Once more, we apologize to the entire Jewish community in Poland for the published insinuations distinguishing “true” Jews and “fake” ones, as well as for the assertion that “there are scarcely any true Jews” amongst the leaders of Jewish organizations. It was neither the editorial staff’s nor the author’s intention to assign values to members of the Jewish community.

More: Polish Jewish Community response site

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