The story is the latest twist in an internal power struggle in Poland’s Jewish community.
The event was organized by a rabbi whose job is to bring back to the fold of Judaism descendants of traumatized Holocaust survivors.
The topic of postwar claims has gained traction as an issue during the campaign for the European Parliament elections being held this week.
Mateusz Morawiecki doubled down on his stance that Poland should never pay Jews restitution for the Holocaust.
“This is the symbol of Law and Justice. They kneel before the Jews, they sell the country for $300 billion.”
Children were encouraged to beat the figure, and there were some anti-Semitic cries, such as “Five more hits for wanting compensation from Poland.”
One protester held a sign calling to the “stop Holocaust industry,” while others questioned how many Polish Jews were killed during World War II.
He could face up to ten years in prison.
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The bronze and granite statue shows a tied-up Polish soldier who has been stabbed in the back with a rifle bayonet.