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The mayor of Jedwabne, where Poles murdered hundreds of their Jewish neighbours in 1941, said that he has resigned because town councillors failed to support efforts to memorialize the war-time massacre.

Krzysztof Godlewski stepped down after a July 10 commemoration in which President Aleksander Kwasniewski begged forgiveness for the massacre but insisted that residents bore no collective responsibility.

The mayor said the local council refused to approve spending to build a new road leading to a memorial to the slain Jews. AP