Warsaw, Poland – On Wednesday, the Polish-language weekly, Tylko Polska – Only Poland – ran on its front page an article that instructs readers on “how to recognize a Jew.” The right-wing newspaper was reportedly spotted at a news kiosk inside Poland’s parliament on Wednesday, as part of this week’s packet of periodicals.
The list of supposedly Jewish traits and markers listed on the front page included “names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of operation” and… “disinformation activities.”
“Because the whole world belongs to them,” it says, “they are supposed to exist in every country, take power over nations and lead to the creation of one worldwide Jewish state,” before adding that Jewish women, “lack the delicacy, modesty and sense of shame that are innate to Polish women.”
The headline “Attack on Poland at a conference in Paris”, a reference to a Holocaust conference held in Paris last month which was criticised by nationalists, also accompanied the article.
“‘How to spot a Jew’ is particularly upsetting and awful,” Jonathan Ornstein, director of Krakow’s Jewish Community Center, told The Washington Post. “I don’t think it necessarily represents mainstream Polish thinking at all. It’s an extreme publication, an extreme far right publication.”
While Parliament said it would request the publication be withdrawn from sale, Reuters claims that Jewish groups demanded stronger action.
Only Poland is published by Leszek Bubl, a fringe nationalist political candidate.
The Polish government has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past. Last year, it passed a controversial law which made it a criminal offense to use the phrase “Polish death camps” to refer to the Nazi-run concentration camps on Polish soil, including Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor, where millions of Jews were killed. More recently, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki cancelled a trip to Jerusalem after Israel’s foreign minister said many Poles had collaborated with Nazis in the Holocaust.
A recent study looking at how European countries come to terms with the mass killing of their Jewish population during World War II found that Holocaust revisionism is indeed particularly strong and even on the rise in some of the EU’s eastern member states, especially in Poland and Hungary.