July 9, 2012
Krakow waiters made anti-Semitic remarks, Jewish patrons allege
A group of Jews patronizing a restaurant in Krakow said they were verbally and physically attacked by waiters.
The anti-Semitic and racist comments allegedly were made over the weekend at the Moment restaurant during the Polish city’s Jewish Culture Festival. The group was from Poland, Israel and Germany.
Uwe von Seltmann said his group came to meet friends who were sitting at a table in front of the restaurant.
“Immediately after our arrival I heard the words ‘f***ing Jews’ and something like ‘we’ll not serve you’ spoken by a waiter,” von Seltmann said. “The four members of staff were in general very unfriendly, and their body language showed that they would not serve us.”
A member of the group went inside the restaurant to complain about the slurs, which led to a verbal confrontation, von Seltmann told JTA. Following the complaint, a waiter threw an object at a female member of the group.
The group then left the restaurant and, according to von Seltmann, someone told them to “Go back to Israel.”
Moment manager Sebastian Wojnar said he would punish the staff involved in the altercations.
“We are an open place that promotes dialogue between cultures and nations,” he said.
The incident was reported to the police.