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"PiS is treated like the Jews were by Goebbels," says deputy PM Gliński

Law and Justice (PiS) is treated like the Jews were by Joseph Goebbels, claims Polish Deputy PM and minister of culture Piotr Gliński. The minister explained how the opposition used a “tactic of hatred”.

“The language used to describe PiS is meant to isolate, annihilate, dehumanize, delegitimize, we are meant to be treated like the Jews were by Goebbels. It is meant to provoke disgust towards us,” Gliński said in an interview with weekly “Wprost”. 

The minister referred to the period during which PiS was in opposition. “We were treated like lepers, I remember how I was unable to rent a hall for a meeting of experts in the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), of which I had been a member for 30 years," he said. 

The language used to describe PiS is meant to isolate, annihilate, dehumanize, delegitimize, we are meant to be treated like the Jews were by Goebbels

The deputy PM argued that today, on the other hand, PiS is compared to fascists, dictatorships and he himself is called a “censor” who is pushing for Stalinist purges in theaters. “I’m not complaining. I just want to draw attention to that fact, that someone wants Polish public life to look like this,” he adds.

The minister also questioned what would happen if Donald Tusk’s or Grzegorz Schetyna’s “tactic of hatred” would succeed. “Will there suddenly be peace? Will the millions of people who voted for Jarosław Kaczyński vanish from the face of the Earth? No. Yet someone, not Poles, would be happy with such an eternal hell.”

Great celebrations

The minister of culture expressed his delight at the celebrations of Poland’s 100th Independence Anniversary. “I think I was touched the most by the mass, spontaneous participation of so many Poles.” He stressed that in a survey conducted after the commemoration, 70 percent of Poles positively evaluated the celebrations. “In the time of today’s divisions, this is very heart-warming," he said. 

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