We are stunned in disbelief that the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, has died, stabbed by an assailant during a concert organized as part of the 27th edition of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP). A man who became one of the symbols of opposition against racial and religious prejudices in Poland, himself became a victim of hatred. He was one of the mayors who firmly reacted to manifestations of discrimination and supported respect for diversity.

Sadly, hatred is becoming more and more visible and more widely accepted in Polish political and social life. As we witness this, we become increasingly upset and horrified that words of hatred call for violence or lead to violence. The death of Mayor Paweł Adamowicz is yet another tragic warning signal that in our society, ideological differences, and differences of worldview, can lead - in extreme cases - to acts of physical violence. We cannot let this happen. We urge all those who hold important political, social and religious functions in Poland: we cannot condone words and deeds motivated by hatred. We have to change the language of public debate. We must not become a society that accepts violence.

We express our deepest condolences to the family and associates of President Paweł Adamowicz, and a thank you for what he did to make Gdańsk - and all of Poland - a place of tolerance, respect and openness.

American Jewish Committee Central Europe

Beit Poland

B'nai B'rith ‘Polin’

CLIL Jewish Choir

Hillel Poland

JCC Gdańsk

JCC Kraków

JCC Warsaw

Jewish Agency Sochnut

Jewish Community of Warsaw

Jewish Historical Institute

Jewish Religious Community in Gdańsk

Makabi Warsaw

Prof. Moses Schorr Foundation

Second Generation Association

Shalom Foundation

Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation

The Union of Jewish Communities in Poland

Anna Bakuła, Representative, The Ronald. S. Lauder Foundation

Marian Kalwary, President, Association of Jewish Veterans and Injured in the Second World War

Iga Kazimierczyk, Director, The Lauder-Morasha Schools in Warsaw

Rachel Lea Kesselman - President of "the Kesselman Museum in Radomsko"

Aleksandra Leliwa-Kopystyńska, President, Association of ‘Children of the Holocaust’ in Poland

Lucy Lisowska – President, Civic Education Center Poland Israel

Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland

Szalom Ber Stambler – Chabad

Karolina Szykier-Koszucka, Member, Religious Board of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland

Piotr Wiślicki, President, Jewish Historical Institute

Stas Wojciechowicz, Rabbi, Ec Chaim Synagogue, Jewish Community of Warsaw

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