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Antisemitism in Poland: Psychological, Religious, and Historical Aspects


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The article discusses the phenomenon of antisemitic prejudice in Poland after 1989. The comparative cross-national data suggests that prejudice against Jewish people remains visible in Poland independent of the difficult history of Polish-Jewish relations. The studies reviewed in this article present potential causes and mechanisms of anti-Jewish attitudes in Poland, such as relative deprivation, victimhood-based national identity, and authoritarian political attitudes. The role of Catholic clergy and the relative decline of traditional religious antisemitic beliefs are also considered, as well as the contrast presented by political antisemitism, which has remained unchanged for the past two decades.



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Bilewicz, Michał, Winiewski, Mikołaj, Radzik, Zuzanna Antisemitism in Poland: Psychological, Religious, and Historical Aspects. Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. 2012: 423-442.  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-634