Anti-Semitic remarks have cast a shadow over the Congress of the Union of Polish Associations and Organizations in Latin America (USOPAL), organized by far-right businessman Jan Kobylanski.
“There isn’t even 30 percent of genuine Poles in the Polish government. I hope this will change,” Jan Kobylanski told the ultra-conservative Radio Maryja.
“The world’s government has decided that there should be only 15 million Poles, healthy Jewish farm-hands,” Kazimierz Switon, former communist opposition member known for anti-Semitic views, said at the Congress.
In his speech Switon also referred to the late president Lech Kaczynski who died in the air crash in Smolensk last April.
“Those who fight against a cross will die under the cross. The President who signed the EU Lisbon Treaty, which deprived our homeland of its sovereignty, died. Divine providence watches over Poland and severely punishes those who destroy our chosen Catholic nation,” said Switon, adding that the incumbent president Bronislaw Komorowski has decided to follow in Kaczynski’s footsteps.
“We’ve a genuine Judeo-Polonia. Poland for Poles. A minority group cannot rule our country,” said Tadeusz Wasiak, who Kobylanski wants to be Poland’s president.
Five Polish MPs, members of the opposition Law and Justice party, a nuncio in Uruguay and several bishops participated in the congress but no one responded to the anti-Semitic statements, it is being reported.
Jan Kobylanski is a Polish millionaire residing in Uruguay. He is a founder of the Union of Polish Associations and Organizations in Latin America (USOPAL), the largest immigrant organization in Latin America, and a former honorary consul of Poland to Paraguay and Argentina, removed from the post by the former Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski. Kobylanski is a long time sponsor of a Catholic radio station Radio Maryja.
Kobylanski is known for his anti-Semitism and the state historical body, the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) alleges that during WW II the Polish businessman denounced Jews to Nazis.