The Polish edition of Forbes magazine has apologized for three articles about the restitution of prewar Jewish property that targeted Polish Jewish community leaders and several Jewish organizations.
Forbes printed the apology on its website on Monday. The series of articles, published in September, included “Kaddish for a million bucks” “Jewish accusation,” and “Who are our leaders?” Forbes reportedly decided to publish the apology and issue specific corrections to avoid a lawsuit by the Jewish community.
The editorial staff of Forbes and its publisher, Ringier Axel Springer, wrote in the statement:
In particular we apologize for the publication of information suggesting the following activities: that the individuals named in the articles reaped personal benefit from the activities of Jewish organizations in Poland; that the restituted Jewish cemeteries in Torun, Gliwice and Lublin were sold contrary to the principles of Jewish tradition; and that there was no settling of accounts of the funds allocated for preservation of Jewish heritage.
Forbes also published specific corrections to the article “Kaddish for a million bucks,” written by Wojciech Surmacz and Nissan Tzur.
“It is not true that real estate representing part of the assets recovered by the Association of Jewish Communities in the Republic of Poland or the Jewish Community of Warsaw was sold below market value,” the correction read.
It continued, “It is not true that cemeteries in Torun, Lublin and Gliwice were sold by the Association of Jewish Communities in the Republic of Poland. Jewish Communities do not liquidate any parts of restituted Jewish property which according to Jewish law or custom require special care or protection.”
In October, Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, disputed allegations of mismanagement of property from prewar Jewish communities in a published statement.