Friday, October 14, 2016

Poland: Right-wing organizations claim 1946 pogrom was committed by Communist officials

Via Times of Israel:
Representatives of right-wing organizations have applied to the Institute of National Remembrance to resume investigation of the a 1946 pogrom, saying its cause was not anti-Semitism.

In the application submitted this week, they claim the murders in the Kielce pogrom, which killed 42 Polish Jews, were committed by Communist officials and not city police and residents.

According to the groups, most of the victims died from shots fired by military weapons, which they say means that the responsibility for the massacre should not be borne by the residents of Kielce.

Six representatives of right-wing and nationalist organizations in Kielce signed the application. They are Małgorzata Soltysiak, Wojciech Zapala, Michal Sadko, Karolina Lebiedowicz, Karol Michalski and Filip Bator.

“Those who signed this application are well known for years as deniers of the pogrom,” Bogdan Bialek, president of the Jan Karski Association in Kielce, told JTA.

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