Friday, December 10, 2010

Nice, but . . .

Poland's president lit a Hanukkah candle and distributed gifts to Jewish children on Sunday, continuing a tradition started by his predecessor of marking the Jewish holiday.

Bronislaw Komorowski welcomed members of Warsaw's Jewish community to his residence on the fifth day of the 8-day-long festival of lights, saying he believed the president's home should be a meeting place for different traditions.

"I am happy that you wanted come to our home, that you come with what is beautiful in the Jewish tradition - with what brings people together," Komorowski said during the ceremony at Belvedere Palace.

That was a very nice gesture. But, it hardly compensates for a millennium of discrimination, brutality and killing which culminated in Polish complicity and cooperation with the Nazi slaughter of 3+ million Polish Jews.

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