Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (known by its Polish initials as PiS) dismissed Wielga-Skolimowska because her programming included "too much Jewish-themed content," according to the German left-leaning daily TAZ.
Wielga-Skolimowska has headed the institute in Berlin since 2013. Her contract was due to expire in summer 2017, but the government dismissed her Friday.
Earlier this year, Poland's Minister of Culture, Piotr Gliński, advocated the end of the "culture of shame" regarding the country's role in the Holocaust. He reportedly complained that the cultural Institute in Berlin was promoting this concept.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, observers believe that an ideological split, between the Polish nationalist conservatives currently in power and those who view modern Polish history objectively, is the source of the issue. Wielga-Skolimowska is seen to be of the latter persuasion, the agency suggested.
There are 24 Polish Cultural Institutes worldwide, among which 13 have had their directors replaced recently due to intervention by the current Polish government.