Searching for Scapegoats

Anti-Semitism has had a long and troubled history in Poland. Though Poles can claim a better record of tolerance than their Russian and German neighbors, suspicion and fear of the Jew as an outsider have all too frequently erupted over the centuries in persecution and pogroms. On the eve of World War II, Poland had the largest Jewish population in Europe. The Nazi Holocaust, postwar migration and a later purge reduced a once thriving community of 3.3 million to a tiny minority of some 5,000.

Last week the anti-Semitic specter appeared to rise again....

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