Mateusz Morawiecki

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

In secret recordings from 2013, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (pictured at left) allegedly complained to friends about “greedy” and rich “Americans, Jews, Germans, Englishmen and Swiss” who run hedge funds.

The recordings were made public last week by the Polish news site Onet.

Morawiecki was a senior banker when he made the alleged statement. The conversation was recorded at a dinner with friends at an upscale restaurant in Warsaw.

The content of the Morawiecki recording is coming back to haunt him ahead of a trip to the United States.

In January, Poland passed a law that triggered the worst crisis in Polish-Israeli relations in recent history. The law made blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes a punishable offense.

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Morawiecki for saying Jewish collaborators were among the perpetrators in World War II.

In June, Poland backtracked on the Holocaust speech law, scrapping the penalty of imprisonment for people who attribute Nazi crimes to the Polish nation, but leaving the fines in place. JN

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