US senators wrote a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda, severely criticizing him for his ‘anti-Semitic rhetoric. The Polish leader was also rebuked for failing to pass appropriate laws on the restitution of former Jewish property.
The letter was authored by Jack Rosen of the Democratic Party and James Lancford of the Republican Party. The letter expressed ‘deep concern about the spread of anti-Semitic rhetoric in Poland and the government’s failure to implement restitution for Holocaust survivors and their families’.
“Poland’s partnership as a staunch NATO ally with the United States has made a significant contribution to increased security and prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe and to long-term defense cooperation between Poland and the United States, including the willingness to deploy U.S. troops in Poland,” the letter said. – For these reasons, we are alarmed by the growing anti-Semitic discourse in Poland and the designation of the Jewish community as a “scapegoat”, which contradicts the values shared by our peoples. Such situations took place especially during the last presidential campaign in Poland, when “Law and Justice” (“PJ”) and state television were throwing anti-Semitic slogans and using subtly veiled demagogy”.
Senators called on the Polish president to “unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism, including that promoted by the PS and your political allies, and to adopt a comprehensive law on restitution of property belonging to Holocaust victims.
EAD daily recalls that in May 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the “Act 447” on the restitution of Holocaust victims’ property. This is the result of the Terezin Declaration, signed by 46 countries, including Poland, in June 2009. The Act also provides the U.S. with a legal framework to support the restoration of post-Hebrew estates without heirs. This is mainly real estate located in Poland, which became the property of local government or state treasury after 1945 when the Polish People’s Republic was formed.
In this regard, it is curious to observe the double standards from the official Warsaw. Usually, the modern Polish elite is dissociated from “communist Poland” in every possible way. However, when it comes to territorial and property acquisitions, which were received by Poland, the current Rzeczpospolita immediately considers itself the successor of the People’s Republic.