Statue honoring Polish massacre victims at center of dispute

Published May 8, 2018, 10:26 PM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

Members of Jersey City’s council are opposing the mayor’s plan to remove a statue commemorating the 1940 massacre of Poles, as a Jewish group in Poland adds its voice to the opposition.

Buildings in Lower Manhattan provide a backdrop to a statue dedicated to the victims of the Katyn massacre of 1940, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Jersey City, N.J. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop took to twitter to respond to Stanisław Karczewski, the speaker of the Polish senate, who has criticized Fulop after word got out that the statue will be moved. The memorial will be moved for a renovation of the plaza where it stands. The memorial commemorates the Katyn massacre of tens of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police in 1940. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Buildings in Lower Manhattan provide a backdrop to a statue dedicated to the victims of the Katyn massacre of 1940, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Jersey City, N.J. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop took to twitter to respond to Stanisław Karczewski, the speaker of the Polish senate, who has criticized Fulop after word got out that the statue will be moved. The memorial will be moved for a renovation of the plaza where it stands. The memorial commemorates the Katyn massacre of tens of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police in 1940. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Three council members have called a news conference Tuesday to oppose Mayor Steven Fulop’s plan to remove the Katyn memorial from a plaza across the Hudson River from New York City.

The controversy has pitted Fulop against a Polish senator who has criticized the move. Fulop has called Polish Senate Speaker Stanislaw Karczewski “a known anti-Semite.”

The Jewish Community of Poland released a statement opposing the move, noting hundreds of massacre victims were Jewish.

The bronze statue depicts a Polish soldier impaled in the back with a bayonet. It has stood in Jersey City since 1991.

 
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