Sunday, November 12, 2006

Polish Racist and Antisemite Gets Monument - Defaced

Workers Sanitizing Pan Dmowski

Apparently, some Poles still think that people like Roman Dmowski (1864-1939) deserve statues in Warsaw. Dmowski was the founder of the National Democratic Party (Endecja) and a tireless advocate of extreme nationalism, xenophobia, and antisemitism. Last Friday, a new statue of this great hero was unveiled. The liberal Gazeta Wyborcza reports that "it has been a long time since a Warsaw monument has generated so much controversy." The good news: some people were unhappy enough about the whole business to paint a swastika on Dmowski.

In an op-ed, Seweryn Blumsztajn, as far as I can tell, comes out against this act of vandalism.

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