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'Righteous gentile' joins Polish government
JTA ^ | 11/25/2007

Posted on 11/25/2007 2:46:28 PM PST by lizol

'Righteous gentile' joins Polish government

Published: 11/25/2007

An Auschwitz survivor and "righteous gentile" was named to the Polish government.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 85, is the new secretary of state responsible for Poland’s relations with Germany, Russia and Israel.

Bartoszewski, who has been foreign minister of Poland twice since the end of communism, is a non-Jew who spearheaded the anti-Nazi underground government's aid to Jews during World War II. He has been recognized as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial in Jerusalem.

He joins the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, a centrist politician who defeated his more conservative rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Relations with Israel were largely positive during Kaczynski's term, with Poland as a fierce defender of Israeli interests in the European Union. Relations with Germany, however, dramatically declined under the former prime minister as he repeatedly invoked Germany's Nazi past in his criticism of the country's current policies.

Relations with Russia were equally poor, with both countries carrying old grudges in their economic and political disputes.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bartoszewski; holocaust; jewish; poland

1 posted on 11/25/2007 2:46:29 PM PST by lizol
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2 posted on 11/25/2007 2:52:28 PM PST by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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One brave and righteous man, who stands along side of Jon Karski and Stefan Korbonski.


3 posted on 11/25/2007 9:41:34 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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