Poll reveals anti-Semitism still rages in Poland

Survey of Polish students commissioned by Jewish community shows 44 percent would "not be happy" to have a Jewish neighbor.

April 20, 2013 12:08
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Students participate in March of the Living .

Students participate in March of the living 370. (photo credit: Yossi Zeilger )

A survey conducted in recent weeks among high school students in Warsaw, Poland, presented disturbing results on the extent of hatred towards Jews, with a shocking 44 percent saying they would not like to have a Jewish neighbor.

One thousand two hundred and fifty students, aged 17-18, were surveyed by a Homo Homini Institute of Public Opinion Research poll commissioned by the Jewish community in Poland. Of these, 40% said they would not like to have a Jewish classmate.

The survey found 60% of the respondents said they would not like to have a Jewish partner, while 45% said they “would not be happy” if they had a Jewish relative.

When asked about the Holocaust, the Polish students did not hide their anti-Semitic opinions and showed poor knowledge of Jewish history in Poland.

Most of the students believed that the percentage of Jews living in Warsaw before World War II was 18%, while the actual percentage of Warsaw’s Jews was 30%. The survey also showed that 44% believed that “Poles and Jews suffered equally during the Holocaust.”

Moreover, 27% said that the Jews suffered more and 24.7% claimed that the suffering of the Poles was greater.

However, most of students who took part in the survey, 55.8%, correctly named Mordechai Anielewicz as the leader of the Jewish uprising.

The poll added that 68.3% knew the exact date of the uprising, while 23% thought “the uprising ended with a victory of the rebels.”

Joanna Korzeniewska, a spokesperson for the Jewish community of Poland, said the results of the study will “help us in planning social and educational activities in the future. As it now turns out, we need them even more than we thought before.”

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