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Embassy Row: Poland protests film
The Polish ambassador in Washington is angered over plans by a Chicago-based film distributor to market a German movie that portrays Polish resistance fighters in World War II as greedy anti-Semites.
Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf appealed to Ed Arnetz, managing director of Music Box Films, to cancel the project to promote the film “Our Mothers, Our Fathers” on U.S. television stations and video discs.
“This portrayal is based on stereotypes and incomplete information, and is deeply hurtful to the soldiers who fought heroically against the German occupation [of Poland], often paying the ultimate price their lives,” the ambassador said in his letter, posted on the Polish Embassy website.
Mr. Schnepf, who holds a doctorate in history, noted that the Polish Home Army, with nearly 400,000 volunteers, was the largest anti-Nazi resistance movement in occupied Europe.
He added that the army included “many Polish Jews.”
The diplomat also stressed that many Poles, including his parents, risked their lives by helping Jews flee from the Nazis.
“As Poland’s ambassador, as a historian and, finally, as the son of individuals engaged in rescuing Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, I strongly protest against this false presentation of the history of my country and my people,” he said in his letter.
Music Box Films did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Balasubramanian Muthuraman, vice chairman of India’s Tata Steel and chairman of Tata International. He discusses India’s economic condition in a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Gill Bennett, former chief historian of the British Foreign Ministry who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Donnacha O’Beachain of Ireland’s Dublin City University, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the progress of former Soviet republics more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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