Friday, 24 April 2015

Władysław Bartoszewski (19 Feb 1922 - 24 April 2015)

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski (19 Feb 1922 - 24 April 2015) passed away today at the age of 93. He was a writer, journalist, historian, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, soldier of the Home Army, former prisoner of Auschwitz, Warsaw Uprising fighter, member of anti-communist resistance, member of Solidarity, honorary citizen of Israel and Righteous Among the Nations. He is chiefly remembered for being one of the co-founders of ZEGOTA, the one-of-a-kind (in German-occupied Europe) organization devoted to the systematic rescue of Jews.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Dr. Neil J. Kressel on US sterteotypes of "Polish Anti-Semitism"

Dr. Neil J. Kressel on US sterteotypes of "Polish Anti-Semitism":
A common attitude Jews have is “Thank God we got away from that place; our ancestors always were second-class citizens and half the time lived in fear. Thank God we are in America.” Having said this, I also think that many Jews do not adequately separate crimes committed by German Nazis in Poland from Poland itself. They also may lack perspective on the pre-Nazi period. Many think of the Nazi death camps in Poland as the worst places on earth – without realizing that people now live near these places who played no part in the genocide and may themselves be the descendants of victims. (I think this point needs to be made to Jewish youth groups; I do not know whether it is but I will try to find out.) I also agree that there is considerable anti-Polish stereotyping in America – including among some American Jews – and that this type of bigotry (like a number of other types) seems to have escaped the attention of the anti-racist community.

Full text here.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

James Comey, US FBI director: "Poles are more or less the same as Nazis"

James Comey, US FBI director has said publicly that Poles are more or less the same as Nazis.
Comey said in the article: "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do." [...]
Poland's ambassador to the United States said in a statement the remarks were "unacceptable", adding that he had sent a letter to Comey "protesting the falsification of history, especially ... accusing Poles of perpetuating crimes which not only they did not commit, but which they themselves were victims of."
Here is a comment from Yahoo coverage of the story which brings out the full extent of bigotry about these issues
"Poland has been the most anti-Semitic country, after Germany and Hungary. Poles are Catholics. The Catholic Church helped Hitler murder Jews, Gypsies, gays, Jehovah's Witnesses, the disabled, the homeless and "subversives." "
Here is another comment from Yahoo:
"While it is true that there were righteous Poles who aided Jews and fought the #$%$; they were a tiny minority. Even in the resistance, Jews were not accepted or sheltered (there were Jewish resistance groups, however, they operated independently and had to fight both the germans, poles, Slovaks, etc on both sides). Some Soviet units accepted Jewish individuals with necessary skills, but they didn't assist Jews running from death. And when you look at what happened AFTER Germany was defeated, you see the hate of Jews, who were killed on returning home. Poles let the Jewish communities in their midst be taken out to the killing fields, took over their property, and killed any Jews coming back who might have asked them to give them their homes and possessions the Poles stole after the communities were murdered. The Poles still have a problem with giving back Torah scrolls (right now there are 35 scrolls that need to be returned and the gov't is fighting it). They have never faced the fact that the majority of Poles did nothing and even helped the murders or benefitted from the murders."
You can read more comments like this here.