Simon Wiesenthal Center Considers Travel Advisory For Poland

February 21, 2018

 In wake of the controversial new Holocaust Law in Poland and the anti-Semitism it has unleashed that has left the Jewish community shaken, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is considering issuing a Travel Advisory for world Jewry.

 

“A Travel Advisory would urge Jews to limit their travel to Poland only to visit ancestral graves and Holocaust-era Death Camps,” Rabbis Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder and Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action said in a statement released by the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO dedicated to teaching the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust.

“We would take such action with great reluctance. We are not enemies of Poland. Our Center has brought hundreds of Jewish and non-Jewish leaders on dozens of missions over the past four decades,” the Center officials continued.

“Indeed, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has a long history of solidarity with the forces of democracy in Poland dating back to 1983 when our delegation traveled to Poland to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It came at a time when Poland was under martial law by the communist regime,” Hier and Cooper added.

“We teach the millions of visitors to our Museum of Tolerance about Righteous Gentiles, including the thousands of Poles who saved Jews during the Shoah and the Wiesenthal Center has honored WWII Polish hero, Jan Karski and hosted democracy hero Lech Walesa,” they said.

       

(Karski at left in 1998 and Walesa at right in 2010)

“But in 2018, we fear for a Poland that has now seen the history of the Holocaust recast by political forces who seek to bury the ugly past that includes the murder of Jews by Poles during the Holocaust and in the immediate aftermath of WWII,” they added.

“If the anti-Semitism unleashed continues unabated, Jews will face increasing threats. The SWC will be closely monitoring the situation in the coming weeks and months and will act accordingly,” Rabbis Hier and Cooper concluded.

For more information, please contact the Center's Communications Department, 310-553-9036. Join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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