The row over Michal Kaminski, the leader of David Cameron's grouping in Europe, continues to rage. And it should, because there remain deeply disturbing doubts over the past - and possibly the present - thoughts of Kaminski.
The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, has just been interviewed on the Today programme clarifying his stance over Kaminski - he issued a statement this summer expressing concern about Kaminski's past, including his part in the campaign to oppose an apology for the killing of hundreds of Jews at Jedwabne in 1941. This week, he issued a statement saying he objected to the claim that he he had Kaminski was an anti-Semite.
In today's interview, Rabbi Schudrich made clear that Kaminski's membership of the far-right NOP party as a teenager and his opposition to the apology were "problematic", but that this was all in the past and since then he had been a good friend of Israel.
He's right - in that Kaminski was a teenager, and that the Jedwabne apology happened in 2001. But has Rabbi Schudrich seen these comments, made by Kaminski just three weeks ago in an interview with Martin Bright in the Jewish Chronicle, published on 8th Oct? Did the interviewer, Jim Naughtie, know about them? This interview was not exactly in the past. Yes, Kaminski said that anti-Semitism is something "contradictory to all my beliefs". But here are Kaminski's further comments in full, this month, about the rounding up and burning alive in a barn of at least 300 Jews in Jedwabne in 1941:
“I think that it’s unfair comparing it with a Nazi crime and putting it with the same level as the Nazi policy.”
“My position is that there were acts of collaboration of the Jewish people with the Soviet army when the Soviet army came to Poland. It’s a fact. It’s a historical fact… If you are asking the Polish nation to apologise for the crime made in Jedwabne, you would require from the whole Jewish nation to apologise for what some Jewish Communists did in Eastern Poland.”