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In a heartfelt effort to secure the release of kidnapped historian Alex Dancyg, President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, recently met with Yuval Dancyg, Alex Dancyg’s son, at the Presidential Palace on October 27, 2023.
A Historian’s Life and Legacy
Alex Dancyg, born in Poland in 1948, is a renowned historian and advocate of Polish-Israeli relations. He has dedicated his life to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and fostering understanding between the two nations. Dancyg has long been associated with the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority and has played a pivotal role in educating Israeli guides accompanying youth groups visiting Poland. Furthermore, he is the co-author of a report that examines the portrayal of Poland in textbooks for Israeli high school students.
In recognition of his contributions, Alex Dancyg was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit in 2007.
A Disturbing Disappearance
The meeting between President Duda and Yuval Dancyg was prompted by Alex Dancyg’s mysterious disappearance on October 7, 2023, following the Hamas attack on Israel. There is a growing concern that he may be held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The family of the kidnapped historian has been tirelessly advocating for his release, appealing to the highest echelons of power to ensure his safe return.
During the meeting at the Presidential Palace, Jacek Siewiera, the Head of the National Security Bureau, and Minister Wojciech Kolarski were also present. Additionally, Yacov Livne, the Ambassador of Israel to Poland, lent his support to this noble cause, underscoring the urgency of securing Alex Dancyg’s release.
As the world watches and hopes for a swift resolution, the meeting between President Duda and Yuval Dancyg stands as a poignant testament to the value of preserving the legacy of the Holocaust and the deep-rooted connections between nations in the face of adversity.