Institute of Contemporary History
In: Kwartalnik Historii Żydów/Jewish History Quarterly 2 (258), czerwiec (June) 2016, pp. 381–405.
From 1927 until 1937, Aleksander Hafftka (1892–1962) was head of the Jewish Section in the Nationalities Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Poland. In this capacity, he was in charge of watching political developments in the Jewish Community, legal projects that affected Jews, and keeping in touch with Jewish social and political elites. Hafftka also often represented the Polish government in dealing with the Jewish community. At the same time, he was a part of this very community and involved in its social life. In this article, the author briefly sketch Hafftka’s career in interwar Poland and his attempts to reconcile the interests of the Polish state and its Jewish inhabitants. The author also focuses on the political background of his dismissal when the Polish government swung towards nationalism in 1937.
Stephan Stach, “Żyd Polski Odrodzonej: Studium przypadku Aleksandra Hafftki, urzędnika ministerialnego i żydowskiego działacza społecznego w II RP” [A Jew in Reborn Poland: Aleksander Hafftka, an Interior Ministry official and Jewish civil-rights activist in the Second Republic of Poland], Kwartalnik Historii Żydów/Jewish History Quarterly 2 (258), czerwiec (June) 2016, pp. 381–405.