Poles use anti-Semitic rhetoric at NY protest against Holocaust restitution
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Poles use anti-Semitic rhetoric at NY protest against Holocaust restitution

Polish nationalists demonstrate against a bill designed to help survivors and their descendants reclaim lost property

Polish nationalists holding a protest in New York's Foley Square against a Holocaust restitution law, March 31, 2019. (Molly Crabapple via JTA)
Polish nationalists holding a protest in New York's Foley Square against a Holocaust restitution law, March 31, 2019. (Molly Crabapple via JTA)

Polish nationalists protested in New York City against a bill designed to help Holocaust survivors and their descendants reclaim lost property in Poland, with some using anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Hundreds of people participated in the protest on Sunday in Foley Square. One protester held a sign calling to the “stop Holocaust industry,” while others questioned how many Polish Jews were killed during World War II, according to author Molly Crabapple, who posted photos from the event on Twitter.

One protester told Crabapple that the Jews of Warsaw were “mostly killed by other Jews,” while another waved a dollar bill at a Jewish counter protest.

They were protesting a law, which President Donald Trump signed last year, called the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today Act.

The measure requires the State Department to report on how certain European countries have progressed in returning wrongfully confiscated or transferred Holocaust-era assets. It does not mention Poland specifically, but Poland is the only European country that has not passed laws to compensate those who lost their property and other assets during World War II.

Last year, the Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish nations of the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II, but later amended it to drop penalties in the wake of international criticism.

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