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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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‘You shall not bear false witness’

‘You shall not bear false witness’

(p.406) ‘You shall not bear false witness’
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

Jerzy Tomaszewski

Anna Zaranko

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the latest publication from the faculty of theology of the Catholic University of Lublin, which contains the proceedings of the symposium 'Saint Maksymilian Maria Kolbe, the Jews and the Masons'. Maksymilian Kolbe deserves respect and admiration for his stand in the face of the Nazi death machine. His canonization can be understood as the acknowledgement by the Church of his embodiment of the commandment 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. This does not mean, however, that all the deeds and views of this Franciscan deserve similar respect. The participants in the symposium seek justification for a significant proportion of the anti-Jewish views expressed in the journals published under the editorship, or at least the auspices, of Kolbe. The premise accepted, more or less openly, by the authors is that Jewish society in inter-war Poland was distinguished by its wealth, that it obstructed the country's economic development, spread communism, was hostile (or at least indifferent) to Poland, and, finally, that it encouraged immorality. Such was the general stance of the inter-war Catholic press and particularly of Rycerz Niepokalanej and Mały Dziennik, the publications for which Kolbe was responsible.

Keywords:   Maksymilian Kolbe, anti-Jewish views, Jewish society, inter-war Poland, communism, Poland, inter-war Catholic press

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