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Letter from Henry Glenn, President of the Kieltzer Society of New York, to Bogdan Białek

glenn_maleAugust 18, 2010 Bogdan Bialek

President of Jan Karski Society

Kielce, Poland

 

Dear Mr. Bogdan,

 

On behalf of the Kieltzer Society of New York, I wish to thank you and Mr. Wojciech Lubawski, the Mayor of the city of Kielce, for your very strong and enthusiastic support in making this commemoration such a moving and significant event. Without your active encouragement and participation, this would memorial would not have happened.

 

That the pogrom lasted an entire day in a large urban center and hundreds of Poles of all ages and economic backgrounds join in should never be forgotten. Men in uniform lured the Jews out of their barricaded homes and handed them over to the mob.

 

One of the most important Catholic writers of this century warned that when we view the Nazi murderers as insane or inherently evil, this leads to the false belief that ordinary people could never have committed such horrible crimes. The real horror, however, is that those who participated in this pogrom were not insane or suffered from some mental disease. They were ordinary people.

 

The Kielce pogrom remains an eternal warning for us. That is why we must continue teaching the Holocaust and find ways to control the ability of man to do evil.

 

If this annual allows the opportunity to reflect on what happened in Kielce and why it occurred, future generations will be better prepared to deal with antisemitism which is often not only fatal to Jews, but the hatred is extremely to all that engage in this lethal obsession.

 

Again, thank you very much. May God give you the strength and wisdom to continue this critical work on behalf both of our peoples.

 

Henry Glenn, President Kieltzer Society of New York

 

 

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