WARSAW, Poland — A Jewish leader in Poland said Thursday that her community was deceived by a Polish Catholic man who pretended to be an Orthodox Jew, wearing a beard and payots — curly sideburns in front of the ears — and leading prayers in Hebrew.
Alicja Kobus, leader of Poznan’s Jewish community, said that the impostor was unmasked recently when people in his hometown saw him on television taking part in ecumenical observances with Catholic and Muslim religious leaders. They then informed local journalists about the hoax.
My husband told me about reading this story a day or so ago. I wonder what his motives were to present himself as someone he wasn’t. Very peculiar.