Kaminski admits wearing 'fascist' symbol

By Martin Bright and Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2009
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Michal Kaminski

Michal Kaminski

Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP at the centre of the controversy over David Cameron’s European alliances has admitted he wore the symbol of a totalitarian group, claims he had previously denied.

In an interview with the JC, Mr Kaminski was asked if he had ever said he was proud to wear the Chrobry Sword, the symbol of the National Radical Camp (ONR).

Formed in 1934, the extreme rightwing, nationalist ONR- Falanga was largely a student movement, but practised violent anti-Semitism including attacks on Jewish students, buildings and businesses, organised boycotts of Jewish businesses and attacks on left wing groups.

The group used the mediaeval symbol of the Mieczyk Chrobrego – the Chrobry sword,

The Chrobry Sword

The Chrobry Sword

Mr KaminskI categorically denied knowledge of wearing the Chrobry sword symbol.

He told the JC: “No, I never wear it. I don’t even know which symbol you are referring to.”

But Mr Kaminski later issued a clarification, where he admitted he had worn the badge.

He said: "I did wear the sword, which was used around a millennia ago to crown Polish kings, on my lapel on occasions. After 1989 it was used as one of the symbols of the Christian National Union and many Conservative politicians would wear it, including politicians now in the Civic Platform.

“In recent years it has been taken as a symbol by the Far Right. Although it is not the same, there are similarities with how the BNP in Britain has taken the Union Jack as their symbol.

“When I felt the symbol started having this meaning I stopped wearing it and I asked the rest of my party to stop too.”

Last updated: 5:15pm, October 14 2009