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The early nineties conflict between the left and right wings (a bit more complex than simple left and right to be exact) of the Solidarity movement was very nasty. The presidential campaign between Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Lech Walesa in 1990 went racist as the Walesa campaign, run by  Jaroslaw Kaczynski, started asking why Mazowiecki and his advisors were 'ashamed' of their 'nationality' - we're proud of being Polish, why aren't they proud of theirs. Wink wink, nudge nudge.  A number of Mazowiecki's people were indeed of Jewish origin, but most, including Mazowiecki, were not.

The whole thing turned into a sick farce as the Walesa camp was using the one drop rule, and saying that some of Mazowiecki's szlachta ancestors from what is now southern Lithuania and northwestern Belarus might have intermarried with a large group of Jewish converts in the region who were given szlachta status in the eighteenth century.  And so the Mazowiecki people started digging up ancient parish archives and family records.  Absolutely stupid and pointless - those who actually cared about stuff like that would not vote for someone like Mazowiecki, nor would they believe any evidence - they're convinced that every politician they dislike is secretly Jewish.

by MarekNYC on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 01:29:10 PM EST
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Is Jaroslaw Kaczynski Opus Dei, by any chance?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 01:43:13 PM EST
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I've never heard of either of the Kaczynskis being Opus Dei, and I'd find it unlikely unless he joined recently. Mazowiecki btw, was a lifelong professional Catholic lay activist.
by MarekNYC on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 01:48:13 PM EST
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we're proud of being Polish, why aren't they proud of theirs

Already in 1990? I thought Wałęsa (& supporters) went overboard only towards his off-election...

I recall the use of that utterly disgusting rhetoric from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Croatia, too.

A further example of this: on 31 March 1990 (that is during the election campaign for the first free elections), the daily close to the then dominant right-wing party MDF published an article titled Fathers and Sons, listing mostly Jewish members of the liberal SzDSz who had either communist or Israel-connected ancestors. (And even that with many errors, I note.) MDF activists would later spread it as campaign pamphlet. (Years later, too late, the far-rightists would break off MDF and form MIÉP.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 02:24:38 PM EST
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