I have never been a Nazi, I apologize once again for the irresponsible gesture from a dozen or so years ago and I consider it a mistake – says Dr. Tomasz Greniuch, quoted in the Friday announcement of the Institute of National Remembrance in Wrocław.
Last week, the Institute of National Remembrance informed that Dr. Tomasz Greniuch was appointed the acting director of the Department of the Institute of National Remembrance in Wrocław. This decision aroused a lot of controversy, and the media recalled that Greniuch in the past was an activist of the National-Radical Camp, and that he made the gesture of the Nazi greeting. The IPN’s decision was protested by, among others historians from the University of Wrocław, and members of the KO.
The Israeli Embassy also referred to this, which last week in a statement on Twitter commented on the appointment of Greniuch to the head of the Wrocław Institute of National Remembrance and his attitude to “raising his hand in the Nazi salute.” “In Poland, a country that suffered so much under Nazi occupation, there should be no place for the use of Nazi symbols,” reads a statement by Israeli diplomats.
According to the Institute of National Remembrance, the first public action after Greniuch took office was to pay tribute to the victims of Kristallnacht in the place where the Opole Synagogue stood. “My family has been hit by both totalitarianisms: German Nazism and Soviet Communism,” said Greniuch, quoted in the press release.
“I have never been a Nazi, I apologize once again for the irresponsible gesture from several years ago and I consider it a mistake. The symbols and gestures that I raised were youthful bravado, often deaf to common sense and consequences. However, they were never grounded in glorifying totalitarianisms! ” – added.
The institute reports that Tomasz Greniuch is the great-grandson of the legionnaire Józef Piłsudski, defender of Lviv, whose family was affected by both totalitarianisms: German Nazism and Soviet Communism. 19-year-old Marian Greniuch – uncle of Tomasz Greniuch – as we read in the release – a member of the Gray Ranks, was arrested by the Gestapo and after a brutal investigation was imprisoned in KL Auschwitz on January 10, 1941. He was shot on November 11, 1941 as a political prisoner.
Genowefa Greniuch ps. During the German occupation, Pik / Kropka was the head of the National Women’s Organization in Bochnia, and after the war, during the Soviet occupation, she was a liaison officer for the “Pogrom” National Army. Adam Greniuch – continues the Institute of National Remembrance – being a high school student in 1946, he put up posters in Krakow “Wiwat 3 May!” Wanted by the UBP, he was hiding in the western lands. He appeared in 1947.
“Great-grandmother, expelled by the ‘liberators’ from the Eastern Borderlands of the Second Polish Republic, settled in the Opole region. Her daughter, Krystyna Greniuch, was committed to spreading knowledge about the lost lands until the end of her life. Greniuch’s involvement in the ONR resulted from uncompromising attitudes towards Nazism and communism of the mentors of the movement, such as lawyer Henryk Rossman (he died after a detention camp in Bereza Kartuska), Dr. Tadeusz Gluziński (died during the illegal crossing of the border during the German occupation) or dr. Jan Mosdorf (he died in KL Auschwitz) ”- it was written in the press release.
“In 2013, Tomasz Greniuch chose the path of a historian, researcher, and seeker of truth. Consistency and stubbornness in pursuing his goal, regardless of adversities (and there were many of them), led him to the Institute of National Remembrance. Three years of professional work at the Institute of National Remembrance is a strenuous effort appreciated by the superiors ”- stated in the communiqué of the Institute of National Remembrance.
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