Note from Christine Gainer Barton: I'm not proud of these antisemitic notions apparently held by my ancestors:
May 12, 1926
Warsaw (May. 11)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) The attitude of the Club of Jewish Deputies towards the new Polish cabinet formed under the leadership of Wincenty Witos, leader of the Polish Peasants’ Party “Piast”, has not yet been defined, although it was reported that the new Premier has attempted to draw the Club into his parliamentary combination.
Jewish political circles as well as the man on the street felt greatly relieved when they learned that Ladislaus Grabski, the former Prime and Finance Minister, who was entrusted with the task of forming the new government, has failed in his mission. The Jewish population feared that in case Grabski succeeded in forming a new government his former financial and economic policy, which proved detrimental to the interests of the Republic and which was particularly directed against the economic interests of the Jewish population, would be renewed.
“Premier Grabski is a member of one of Poland’s best known and wealthiest families.”
Article published in Spring 1939:
The Polish government today is based on the Constitution of April 23, 1935. While admitting that the 1935 Constitution is not an expression of liberalism, commentators deny that it represents the totalitarian philosophy, since Article Five, for example, declares that the “creative action of the individual is the lever of collective life.” They insist that the Constitution is based on the principle of the “solidarity of the elite.”
The Constitution recognizes the elite principle by elevating the power of the President, and by creating a Senate elected by a distinguished but exclusive voting list. In practice, however, the Polish constitutional system does not appear to have brought into power an “elite” differing from the ordinary type of politician who has dominated Polish public life in the past. Indeed, as the late Premier, M. Ladislas Grabski, pointed out, the Colonels, now so conspicuous in Polish affairs, have merely developed a spirit similar to that of the former gentry—”We are Poland.”
Although the 1921 Constitution provided that the President should be elected jointly by the Sejm and the Senate, sitting in the national assembly, the new constitution provides that the President shall be chosen by an electoral college, composed of the highest officials and seventy-five electors, two-thirds chosen by the Sejm and one-third by the Senate. While this assembly makes its own nomination for the Presidency, the presidential incumbent also has the right to nominate a candidate. If the President and the assembly cannot agree on a successor, the choice between the two candidates must be settled by a referendum. According to the law of July 8,1935, all citizens over twenty-four, regardless of sex, who have the right of active suffrage to the Sejm, can participate in this referendum. While these provisions have not been put to a test, it seems clear that they increase the influence of the existing administration over the choice of its successor. This is particularly true as long as both houses of Parliament are under administrative domination.
More here on Grabski:
In 2004, Poland celebrated the 130th anniversary of Władyslaw Grabski's birthday and the 80th anniversary of the public finance reforms he introduced. In September 2003, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland passed a resolution proclaiming 2004 as Władyslaw Grabski's Year. In 2004 a statue was unveiled in his birthplace village of Borów. The Warsaw Agricultural University labelled him as a "great Pole, great statesman, social activist and a man of great heart and mind, one of the brightest Poles of the interwar period". In July 2006 the newly opened Main Library of the Warsaw Agricultural University was named after Grabski, and in front of the library, the statue of Grabski was placed.
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