Polish Holocaust survivor calls Israel Katz a ‘stupid idiot’

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
May 22, 2019 07:52
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Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and granddaughter light a memorial torch at the Yom Hashoah ceremo

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and granddaughter light a memorial torch at the Yom Hashoah ceremony in Auschwitz-Birkenau on the March of the Living.. (photo credit: YOSSI ZELIGER)



(JTA) — Ed Mosberg, a prominent Holocaust survivor from New Jersey, advised Poland’s president not to visit Israel over an Israeli minister’s anti-Polish remarks.

Mosberg, a 93-year-old survivor of three concentration camps and honorary president of the From the Depths commemoration group, was referring to remarks made earlier this year by Transportation Minister Israel Katz. Katz, echoing the late former Israeli premier Yitzhak Shamir, said that the Poles “suckle antisemitism with their mothers’ milk.”



Shamir had apologized for the statement. Katz has not.



“I told the president not to visit Israel until that stupid idiot, minister Israel Katz, apologizes for saying that Poles take in antisemitism with their mother’s milk,” Mosberg said Thursday at the Auschwitz concentration camp complex in Poland, where he was participating in the March of the Living commemorative event.



Katz’s quote deepened an ongoing crisis in Israel’s relations with Poland, which soured last year after the passing by the Polish government of a law criminalizing blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protested the law, which the Israeli government said risks limiting historical research of the Holocaust, including collaboration by some Poles.


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