Courage of Polish Woman Offers Hope

Polish Woman Honored
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of April 16, 2007

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We need rays of hope.

 

Zuzanna Radzik offers one.

 

A student of theology, she lives in Poland.

 

As a teenager, she discovered a bookstore in a leading Warsaw Church that sold anti-Semitic literature.

 

A devout Catholic, and already committed to Catholic-Jewish dialogue, she was outraged.

 

She launched a campaign to close the bookstore after it refused to stop selling the racist material.

 

Eventually, with the help of the new parish priest, she succeeded.

 

For her courage and commitment, AJC honored Zuzanna in Warsaw a few days ago.

 

She proved from a young age that one person can make a difference.

 

In doing so, she affirmed the highest ideals of her own faith.

 

And, she demonstrated deep respect for those of another faith.

 

In a world riven by too much religious hostility, Zuzanna Radzik offers another way. May her inspiring example prove contagious.

 

Visit us at ajc.org. This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 4/17/2007
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