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2017-03-09

March '68 anniversary. "Time to restore citizenship"

Several dozen people met at the Gdanski Railway Station in Warsaw yesterday, gathering at a plaque commemorating Polish Jews forced to emigrate in 1968.

"The anti-Semitic witch-hunt of 1968 resulted in people being fired from jobs, expelled from universities. For me, the railway station is a symbol of all stations from which Jews were leaving," said Gołda Tencer, the director of the Jewish Theatre and of the Shalom Foundation, which had organised the ceremony.

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photo by Krzysztof Bielawski / POLIN   

The participants included emigrants, including Leszek Leo Kantor and Michał Sobelman. Officials from the Embassy of Israel also came. Deputy Mayor Włodzimierz Paszyński laid flowers on behalf of Warsaw City Hall.

"Although nearly 50 years have passed, the Polish government has failed to do one thing," said Michał Sobelman, spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy. "The citizenship that was brutally taken away has never been given back to Jews. It is high time to restore citizenship to all those who left and have never been able to return."

"Nearly 50 years ago, we said goodbye to our friends," said Włodzimierz Paszyński, Warsaw's deputy mayor. "Those were the times of contempt combined with hate speech. We must remember it even better today. This memory is our future life."

The POLIN Museum has also contributed to restoring the memory of the reasons, course and results of the anti-Semitic campaign of March '68. For more information about the events, please visit http://www.polin.pl/pl/obcy-w-domu-marzec-68.

Krzysztof Bielawski

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