The Polish government has promoted Antoni Macierewicz to the post of Minister of Defence despite his claim that the infamous antisemitic forgery “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” has merit.
During a call-in show in 2002 on Radio Maryja, an antisemitic radio network, a caller asked for Macierewicz’s thoughts about the Protocols, the document circulated by the Tsarist secret police that claim there is an international Jewish conspiracy to control the world.
Macierewicz replied that he had found the Protocols “interesting” and, while acknowledging the uncertainty about its authenticity, he added: “Experience shows that there are such groups in Jewish circles.”
Macierewicz is known for his support of conspiracy theories. In 2006, he claimed six Polish foreign ministers were Soviet agents, including two Jews and a World War II Polish Underground hero. He has often propounded a theory that Russia, Germany and members of the rival Polish Civic Platform Party conspired to cause the 2010 plane crash that killed prominent Law and Justice party members including President Lech Kaczynski. Polish and Russian government investigations blame pilot error for the crash.
An Anti-Defamation League study conducted this year suggests that Poland has one of the highest levels of antisemitism in Europe, with 37 per cent of Poles holding antisemitic views.
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