Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
KRAKOW – Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz, from the Polish Academy of Sciences, who
caused an international outrage after he blamed the Jews for participating in
the killing of their own people during the Holocaust, will be dismissed from his
position at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Jasiewicz, 61, the
head of the Department of Analysis of Eastern studies and a well known expert on
Polish-Jewish relations, revealed his anti-Semitic views during an interview he
gave in April to a special edition of the popular Polish magazine Focus –
published on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
interview, titled “Are the Jews themselves guilty?” Jasiewicz said: “The Jews
worked for centuries to bring the Holocaust about” and added that, “the scale of
the German crime was only possible because the Jews themselves participated in
the murder of their own people.”
Jasiewicz also referred in the interview
to the pogroms perpetrated by Poles on their Jewish neighbors during World War
II, saying: “The pogroms were mostly motivated by a great fear of the Jews,” and
“It is a waste of time to dialogue with the Jews because it doesn’t lead
anywhere” and blamed the Jews for killing their Arab neighbors.
Jasiewicz’s anti-Semitic remarks caused outrage among leaders of Jewish
organizations around the world who demanded his expulsion from the
Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal center’s director for
International Relations, sent a letter to the president of the Polish Academy of
Sciences, Michal Kleiber and called upon him to dismiss Jasiewicz from his
“[The] Academy’s august reputation had, last week, been stained
with the dark scourge of anti-Semitism,” Samuels wrote.
issued by Eugeniusz Cezary Krol, director of the Institute of Political Studies
at the Academy, confirmed that Prof. Jasiewicz was fired for his anti-Semitic
remarks and for “violating the elementary standards of scientific
Shortly after the Jasiewicz interview, Krol apologized and said
that he and his friends at the Academy are “shocked and disturbed” and added
that the Stuermer’s slogan, “Everything is the fault of the Jews” came through
Jasiewicz’s interview and that the interview hurts the image of the institute.
Scholars and other professors at the Academy of Sciences also protested
Jasiewicz’s opinions which appeared in the article.
declined to comment and was not ready to answer questions of the media. He will
be permanently dismissed from his position on June 1, but announced that he is
planning to appeal that decision.