The Battle for Auschwitz: Catholic-Jewish Relations Under Strain
Auschwitz: the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust or the focal point of Polish martyrdom? These conflicting claims strained Catholic-Jewish relations after Carmelite nuns established a convent on the perimeters of the Auschwitz concentration camp. When a large cross was erected in the convent garden, many Jews regarded this as yet another step towards the Christianization of Auschwitz. Highly-charged emotions, misunderstandings and deliberate misinformation fuelled a 15 year saga which seemed doomed to remain unresolved. What is the future of Auschwitz-Birkenau? Now that the cross will remain a memorial to the Polish victims of Nazism, how should the memory of the million Jewish martyrs be preserved?
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Extracts from a Speech by Polish Ambassador Stanislaw Komorowski
A Convent at Auschwitz Shrine or Desecration?
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