Poland's President Andrzej Duda apologized yesterday to Polish Jews who were driven from their homeland 50 years ago, the Jewish Press website reports today (March 9, 2018).
Some 13,000 Jews were expelled from Poland -- including Holocaust survivors and prominent thinkers and philosophers -- by the communist party in 1968, using the excuse of a purge by the Moscow-backed communist regime in response to mass student protests.
"The free and independent Poland of today, my generation, is not responsible and does not need to apologize," Duda said. "But... to those who were driven out then... I'd like to say please forgive the Republic, Poles, the Poland of that time for having carried out such a shameful act."
The 50th anniversary of the Jewish purge yesterday is being marked this week in events and lectures held throughout Poland.