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Poland concerned by Hirchson attendance at Holocaust march
Haaretz ^ | 11/04/2007 | Amiram Barkat

Posted on 04/11/2007 11:26:05 AM PDT by lizol

Poland concerned by Hirchson attendance at Holocaust march

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent

Polish officials have expressed concern recently regarding the possible attendance of Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson in the annual March of Remembrance and Hope scheduled to take place later this month in Poland.

The Poles explained Hirchson's presence might be problematic following suspicions that he embezzled funds from non-profit organizations that organize the march commemorating Holocaust victims.

Director of the Middle East Department in the Polish Foreign Ministry relayed his concerns last week during a meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Poland, David Peleg.

The Polish diplomat told Peleg that given the suspicions against Hirchson, his attendance might harm participants and outsiders' perception of the ceremony.

Peleg reminded the diplomat that Hirchson has not been indicted, and that Israel would view any form of official protest by the Polish government as an illegitimate transgression on an internal Israeli matter.

The diplomat later telephoned Peleg to clarify that he had only expressed his personal opinion.

The Foreign Ministry has declined to comment on the matter, but officials in the ministry have told Haaretz that the affair was a "source of embarrassment."

March organizers said that it was as of yet unclear whether Hirchson would indeed participate.

They noted that in either case the march will go on as scheduled with the attendance of Ministers Rafi Eitan and Yuli Tamir, as well as former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and some 8,000 Jewish youths from around the world.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; hirchson; israel; poland

1 posted on 04/11/2007 11:26:08 AM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

Geeezzzz....this happened almost 70 years ago? Remember it but get over it. Maybe we should go back and remember everything the Romans did, or how about the Persians? It’s old history, stop bringing up all the pain and remember so you don’t repeat old history. Maybe we should bring up the Crusades and why they did what they did? What good would it all do?

2 posted on 04/11/2007 11:32:24 AM PDT by RC2
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