Poland’s Jewish Leaders Lament Trump’s Decision to skip Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Visit
Poland’s Jewish community leaders on Wednesday protested Trump decision to skip Warsaw Ghetto Memorial.
The Jewish leaders said they “deeply regret” the US President Donald Trump’s decision not to see the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial during his visit to the capital this week describing the decision as a break in tradition.
The still-novice US president delivered a speech at Warsaw’s historic Krasinski Square on Thursday and met with Baltic, Balkan and Central European leaders while in the Polish capital.
Poland’s chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Jewish Community of Warsaw President Anna Chipczynska and Leslaw Piszewski, President of the Union of Jewish Communities of Poland released a statement saying, “we trust that this slight does not reflect the attitudes and feelings of the American people.”
The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest Jewish ghettos in the Nazi-occupied Europe; in the Muranów neighborhood of German-occupied Poland territory in 1940 during World War II.
The Nazi-Germans imprisoned over 400,000 Jews at the Ghetto, at an area of 1.3 miles2, with an average of 7.2 persons per room; barely subsisting on meager food rations and then later deported the Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to Nazi camps and mass-killing centers.
In the summer of 1943, the Nazi-Germans sent 254,000 Ghetto residents to the Treblinka extermination camp. Bullets, gas, excessive hunger and hunger-related diseases resulted in a death toll of 300,000 inhabitants of the Ghetto.
The representatives of the Jewish Community of Warsaw lamented President Trump’s decision saying that every U.S. President and Vice President visiting Warsaw, Poland has visited the site since the fall of communism and the Soviet Union in 1989.
“Ever since the fall of Communism and the Soviet Union in 1989, all US presidents and vice-presidents visiting Warsaw visited the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto,” the Jewish leader said.
“For the Jews of Poland, this gesture means recognition, and we deeply regret that President Donald Trump, speaking in public barely a mile away from the Monument, chose to break with that laudable tradition, alongside so many other ones,” they added.
Trump’s daughter and Advisor Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism before marrying the grandson of Holocaust survivors. President Trump was in Poland for a day before continuing to his first G20 summit in Hamburg.
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