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Jews of '68

The President is preparing an initiative to return the citizenship of Jewish Poles expelled from the country after March 1968 to mark the 40th anniversary of the event.

President Lech Kaczynski’s spokesman Michal Kaminski said, “during the anniversary we should expect important words and initiatives on the part of the President regarding citizenship for people who were expelled from Poland in an anti-Semitic purge.” He added, "In the President’s view, these are people who never lost their Polish citizenship.”

Poland is trying to make amends for past acts. In March 1968, thousands of Jewish Poles were forced to emigrate to Israel.

The Gomulka Government channelled public dissatisfaction following student protests in March 1968 into anti-Semitism and created a propaganda campaign targeting Jews. The state sponsored an “anti-Zionist” campaign, which resulted in the expulsion of Jews from the communist party. In large part, the campaign was the result of a power struggle within the party. Jews were also dismissed from positions at universities and other public institutions.

In all, about 25,000 Jews were forced to emigrate to Israel between 1968-1970.

The 2 politicians at the centre of it all - Gomułka and national-communist Moczar - fell from grace. Gomułka, who had been under particular stress as his wife was Jewish, had a stroke and was replaced in 1970 after the Gdansk massacre.

Re: Jews of '68

" The state"

Correction "The communist state puppet government of the soviet Union"