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Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83, Made Anti-Semitic Statements

According to Dershowitz, Glemp "was forced to apologize" as the result of Dershowitz's lawsuit against him.
Cardinal Glemp

Cardinal Glemp

Cardinal Józef Glemp, head of the Catholic Church in Poland between 1981-2009, died on Wednesday at 83. He had suffered from lung cancer and died in hospital.

Glemp was born in 1929 and became a priest in 1956. He headed the church in the 1980s, when martial law was declared in Poland in reaction to popular protests, leading up to the collapse of communist rule.

Glemp retired in 2009, but was still considered a leading figure in the church after his retirement.

Glemp’s controversial remarks about Jews have caused Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz to call him an anti-Semite, for statements he made, including that Jews were “plying [Polish] peasants with alcohol” and “spreading communism,” and that they “control the mass-media in many countries.”

According to Dershowitz, Glemp “was forced to apologize” as the result of Dershowitz’s lawsuit against him.

Professor Joanna B. Michlic wrote that Glemp, among others, made ” many overt and covert references to Jews as the harmful other in Poland.”

Adam Michnik and David Ost determined that “By 1984, when Primate Glemp wrote and signed a new edition of Roman Dmowski’s 1927 pamphlet, Church, Nation, and State, one could not longer have any doubts regarding Glemp’s political sympathies: they lay with Dmowski’s Endecja political tendency, the major nationalist party in the interwar period known for its illiberal and authoritarian politics, support for a strong leader, advocacy of Catholicism as a state religion, and violent anti-Semitism.”

Historian Robert S. Wistrich also referred to Glemp’s relationship to Dmowski and attitudes towards Jews, writing that Glemp “warned Jews not to ‘talk to us from the position of a people raised above all’. The Cardinal, Poland’s leading Churchman, seemed to be presenting anti-Semitism as a legitimate self-defense against Jewish ‘anti-polonism.’ Deploring the attacks of ‘world Jewry’ on the poor nuns at Auschwitz, he admonished Jewish leaders in terms that seemed to echo the words of the pre-war National Democracy (Endecja) movement leader Roman Dmowski (one of Glemp’s heroes): ‘Your power lies in the mass media that are easily at your disposal in many countries. Let them not serve to spread anti-Polish feeling.'”

According to robert d. Mcfadden, writing in the New York Times in 1991, Glemp has “said he recognized that his widely publicized homily might have caused pain among Jews, and he expressed regret.”

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7 Responses to “Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83, Made Anti-Semitic Statements”

  1. Hadar Israel says:


  2. Primate Glemp? Now that you mention it he does look like a monkey.

  3. Henri Korn says:

    Cardinal Glemp was a vicious anti-Semite of the best Polish variety. When the Polish Government finally recognised it was Poles who massacred the Jewish people of Jedwabne, Cardinal Glemp claimed it to be a lie. He forbade the local Parish Priest to take part in the Memorial Service.

  4. I am glad he apologized. When I asked Bishop MacFadden of the Harrisburg Diocese why a Jewish Rabbi's request to stop R.C. missionaries fro converting Jews in Israel was refused, He responded that it would be wrong to "deny" the Jewish people to "save their souls" by stopping to convert them. He stated that Roman Catholicism was the only true religion and will eventually rule the world making it a better place. That, he assured me was God's will.

  5. Stewart Winter-Jaffey says:

    Does he get to shtup 72 virgin alter boys in his afterlife? just curious..

  6. Stewart Winter-Jaffey says:

    That's an insult to a monkey, Chaya!!

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