Poland marks 60th anniversary of massacre

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By VANESSA GERA
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

A new abstract monument to 42 people murdered in the 1946 Kielce pogrom is unveiled by Warren Miller, left, chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, and Kielce Mayor Wojciech Lubawski near the site of the killings in Kielce, Poland, Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Townspeople and security officers, spurred by a false rumor that Jews living at 7 Planty Street had kidnapped a Christian boy, attacked Jewish Holocaust survivors living in the building on July 4, 1946. ( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

KIELCE, Poland — Sirens wailed and a rabbi led prayers in a Jewish cemetery Tuesday while Poland unveiled a monument to dozens killed by angry mobs in a rampage 60 years ago known as Europe’s last pogrom.

President Lech Kaczynski marked the anniversary of the Kielce massacre, which left 42 people dead, by declaring in a statement that in Poland there is “no room for racism and anti-Semitism.”