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Nazi-saluting historian with far-right ties resigns as regional director of Polish institute tasked with probing Holocaust crimes
After weeks of public pressure, a former member of a Polish far-right group has lost his job as regional head of a powerful government agency tasked with among other things investigating Nazi crimes against Poland.
Tomasz Greniuch, a historian by training, has resigned his position as regional director of Poland’s influential Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). It came on Monday after weeks of pressure from politicians, activists and public figures, who saw him as an extremely inappropriate choice to hold the position given his past ties to the far-right.
Until 2013, Greniuch was a prominent organizer in the National Radical Camp (ONR) — an ultranationalist organization that originated as a 1930s Polish fascist movement.
Ladies and gentlemen, the new director of the Wrocaw branch of Polands Institute of National Remembrance. https://t.co/cmoZN3OdWc— Ben Stanley (@BDStanley) February 12, 2021
The IPN was created to investigate crimes committed against the Polish nation first by the Nazis and the communists, whom Warsaw sees as equally evil. Greniuch’s recent appointment was perceived by many as the latest piece of evidence that the institute has become a vehicle to promote toxic nationalism on behalf of the country’s conservative government.
The 39-year-old was appointed as head of IPN’s Wroclaw office earlier this month. The promotion came despite the fact that he never made a secret of his dubious connections. Greniuch was part of the ultranationalist Polish scene since 1999 and is even credited for founding the ONR branch in the city of Opole in 2002.