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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared$
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François Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764715

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.001.0001

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Polish National Antisemitism

Polish National Antisemitism

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(p.515) Polish National Antisemitism
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31
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Ireneusz Krzemlński

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.003.0027

This chapter presents the key arguments and conclusions on antisemitism in Poland, as well as on 'Polish antisemitism', looking at a survey conducted in Poland in 2012. It compares the results from the latest survey in 2012 with the earlier surveys. Some circumstances have changed. Most obvious is the significant drop in the percentage of antisemitic attitudes, while rejection of antisemitic stereotypes has grown even more significantly. Of course, due to the rather unexpected turn of events in Poland after the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015, a new rise in antisemitic convictions is to be feared. Recently there have been some investigations which have illustrated the growth of antisemitic attitudes, most notably by the Center for Research on Prejudice, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw. Some of the survey's most interesting results were concerned with age. It is impossible to attribute changes in attitude solely to age; however, the youngest respondents in each survey were, on the whole, the least inclined to antisemitism, but acquired antisemitic attitudes with age, especially of modern antisemitism. At the same time they picked up nationalist convictions.

Keywords:   antisemitism, Poland, Polish antisemitism, antisemitic attitudes, antisemitic stereotypes, antisemitic convictions, modern antisemitism, nationalist convictions

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