DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     June 1, 1998     vol. 9, no. 105

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          BUENOS AIRES (CWNews.com) - Jack Fuchs, an Argentine Jewish leader and survivor of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp, said on Thursday: "In Poland, Catholics were also the object of hate and persecution from the Nazis."

          Fuchs was invited to speak at the Buenos Aires Catholic Cathedral in an interfaith service presided over by Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio and attended by US rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz. "At least 25% of Polish Catholics were tortured or murdered by the Nazis during the occupation of Poland," said Fuchs. "Another memorial to remember so many Catholics murdered for opposing the barbaric Nazi regime should also be built," he added, referring to the mural recently built in Buenos Aires to remember the Jews murdered during the Shoah.

          "In Poland, Nazism not only targeted Judaism, but also Russians and, of course, militant Catholics," said Fuchs, who lived in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz until his family was jailed in Auschwitz. His two parents and two sisters died at the concentration camp. Fuchs, who at 74 has been honored by the Catholic Church in Argentina, said in a conversation with the Argentine Catholic News Agency: "My life is a paradox. I did not deserve that much rejection as a youngster, and I don't think I deserve this much honor as an elder."

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June 1, 1998       volume 9, no. 105


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