Poland: Government Shuffle

At the height of the Polish government's campaign of anti-Semitism last year, a top security official handed Foreign Minister Adam Rapacki a list of 14 Jewish diplomats with instructions to fire them. The charge: all were "politically unreliable" because of their Jewish backgrounds. Rapacki refused to go along with the purge, which he correctly viewed as an attempt to get rid of his own moderate allies in the ministry. When the demand was repeated, he reportedly added his own name to the list, then stormed out of the room.

From that day...

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