Poland's Threat to Strip Scholar of State Honor Sparks Anger

February 17, 2016 2:39 PM

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Academics in Poland and abroad are furious at a threat by Poland's president to strip an esteemed Polish-American scholar of a state honor in punishment for work that exposes uncomfortable historical episodes of Polish anti-Semitism.

The office of President Andrzej Duda said recently it might strip Princeton-based historian and sociologist Jan Tomasz Gross of the Order of Merit he received in 1996.

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