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Polish authorities try to prove that their people are "martyr of history"

Author : Dmitriy Dobrov

Majority of Poles believe that sufferings of the Polish population during the war have never ceded the sufferings of the Jews
09:46, 13 February 2018

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The law on the National Memory Institute (INP), adopted by the Polish Sejm and signed by President Andrzej Duda, has launched a big international scandal. Although the law has not yet been approved by the Constitutional Court of Poland, it caused an earthquake-like reaction of the world community. The document itself consists of three main parts:

  • Criminal punishment for denying crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists (Banderites) during the Second World War.
  • Criminal punishment for using "Polish death camps" expression, which actually suggests Poland was responsible for the camps where millions of people were killed.
  • Criminal punishment for attempts to hold responsible the Polish nation of the crimes against the Jewish population of Poland.

The first point has been opposed only by Ukraine, while all the Western allies of Poland, as well as Israel, went on their hind legs because of the second and especially the third points. The main argument is that the law blocks the possibility of further investigation on the Holocaust in Poland, and also prevents finding the truth about the crimes committed by the Poles against Jews. But earlier, all the western partners of Poland recognized that the expression "Polish death camps" was nonsense, and they were also trying to omit the issue of Polish anti-Semitism. So why did the aggravation happen right now? Apparently, we should talk about a combination of several factors. First, this Polish law was adopted at a very inconvenient moment, when Warsaw’s nationalist policy threatens the unity of the European Union and the West at large. Secondly, from the point of view of the European and American neo-liberals, it is time to put the present Polish government, who violates a number of basic ideological principles of the neo-liberal Western civilization, in his place. These include not only the anti-Semitism issue, but also political correctness, the rights of women and LGBT people, freedom of the press, and multiculturalism.

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In addition, a number of observers associate such a violent reaction with the internal political crisis in Israel, where the Netanyahu government is trying to find an external "scapegoat". And, obviously, the "anti-Bandera" part of the law is a pain in the neck of the Ukrainian leadership, which stated that the law of the INP "violates the principles of strategic partnership between the two countries."

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All the leading representatives of Europe’s intelligentsia have signed the letters of protest, and the US government has protested as well. In this regard, we should recall that during the visit to Warsaw in May 2012, then-President Barack Obama provoked a diplomatic scandal, mentioning the "Polish death camps". The US State Department had to publicly apologize for this incorrect statement. However, today Western neo-liberals has completely changed their attitude towards Poland. A while back, the European Parliament removed from office its vice-chairman Ryszard Czarnecki - representative of the ruling Polish party "Law and Justice" (PiS). Czarniecki has rudely taken the representative of Polish liberals Rosa Thun down, who criticized the judicial reform in Poland. He called her "szmalcownik," a derogatory term for the Poles who blackmailed Jews, or Poles hiding Jews, during the Nazi German occupation of Poland. In addition, along with the current scandal, Poland is threatened with several EU penalties - for violating the principles of "basic democracy and the rule of law", for rejecting migrants and other misdeeds (from the point of view of neo-liberal ideology). Poland will make "scathing rebuke" to face the other "rebels" in the European Union down, primarily Hungary and all the "Visegrad Four" countries.

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The mistaken expression "Polish death camps" has its own prehistory. It was used right after the Second World War in the USA, referring to the geographical location of the concentration camps. Nazi death camps really operated on the territory of Poland – Auschwitz, Sobibor, Majdanek, and Treblinka. Americans could use this expression for simplification (because of their geographical ignorance). But since the mid-1950s, the media by the German special services have been actively using this term, thereby shifting part of the blame for the Holocaust to the Poles. This expression has settled in poorly informed circles, which caused the deserved fury of the Poles. However, such an expression was never allowed in cultural countries like France; the French could only say something like "Nazi concentration camps on the territory of Poland."

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However, the real "bomb" in the text of the new Polish law was an item on the denial of the collective or partial responsibility of the Polish nation for the Holocaust. The Polish government claims that the Poles are not responsible for crimes against Jews in Poland: the country was under German occupation, and therefore all crimes of this period, including the genocide of Jews, are exclusively related to Nazi terror. To corroborate its words, the Institute of National Remembrance (INP is the initiator of the current law) cites data according to which there were no Poles in the protection and servicing of concentration camps, these were mostly Ukrainians, Latvians, and Lithuanians. The service of the camp guards and warders also included "Trawniki men" - mobilized mainly in the territory of Western Ukraine soldiers of the Red Army, captured and sent to the service of the Germans. One of the "Trawniki men" was the infamous Ivan Demjanjuk, nicknamed "Ivan the Terrible." "Trawniki men" have distinguished themselves in the course of the ruthless suppression of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943. Probably, the Poles did not take part in the auxiliary services and troops because the Germans simply did not trust them. In occupied Europe, only two peoples - the Poles and the Serbs - did not go for extensive cooperation with the Nazi authorities. All the rest (including the French) cannot boast of this. The INP notes that while the Nazis began recruiting local residents throughout occupied Europe, the leadership of the Polish underground resistance issued the strictest order not to cooperate with the German invaders.

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Nevertheless, the document issues remain unresolved. And they concern "people's anti-Semitism", which was historically extremely developed in Poland, as well as in Western Ukraine and the Baltics. Numerous anti-Semitic crimes of wartime, including pogroms and the extradition of Jews to the Germans, are connected with this phenomenon. There are numerous cases of robbery of Jewish property, the extradition of Jews who fled from the concentration camps to the German authorities. The Jedwabne pogrom (July 1941) is especially notorious: local Poles killed more than 1,500 Jews. There are other crimes against Jews, which took place in 24 districts of Poland. This conclusion was reached in due time by the Polish government commission, and in 2001 the then Polish president Alexander Kwasniewski brought to the Jewish people an apology for these crimes. However, not everyone in Poland supports this position. Most of Poles believe (according to the survey) that the sufferings of the Polish population during the war have never ceded the sufferings of the Jews. For a long time, the Poles cherish the idea (and it became the basis of national ideology) that the Polish people is a "martyr of history". And external criticism can only strengthen this position.

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Earl Jonsen

Member since: 17.02.2018

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16 February 2018, 23:50
POLISH GENOCIDE DONE TO ETHNIC UKRAINIANS !!! Operation Vistula - Deportations and Repressions The operation was carried out by Operational Group Vistula consisting of about 20,000 personnel commanded by General Stefan Mossor. This personnel included soldiers of the Polish People's Army and the Internal Security Corps, as well as functionaries of the police Milicja Obywatelska and the Security Service Urząd Bezpieczeństwa. The operation commenced at 4 a.m., April 28, 1947. The expellees comprised about 140,000 to 150,000 Ukrainians was forcible repatriation from Poland. 4,000 persons were held, including 800 Ukrainian and Lemko women and dozens of children whom died in the camp, were subject to hars beatings despite the fact that no active members of the OUN. were sent to the camp. In Operation Group Vistula over civilians 500 were executed. POLISH DID TO UKRAINIANS IT WAS GENOCIDE !!!!! http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CO%5CP%5COperationWisK5a.htm
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Earl Jonsen

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16 February 2018, 23:41
By the way Bandera and OUN was no more German nazis anymore than Finland was or even Poland.. Bandera was fighting soviet union when they invaded Ukrainian territory and city's like Lviv (then part of Poland ) and the Hitler when he invaded Ukrainian territory... and before ww2 UPA was fighting Polish occupation of west Ukraine aka Galizia . What Russian and Polish propaganda ALSO convivially overlooks is that Bandera was in a German KZ camp Sachsenhausen concentration camp from 1941 until 1944 as a prisoner and so was all of UPA /OUN and that Stalin was the one that helped Hitler round up the Polish jews when he invaded Poland together with his good buddy Hilter in 1939 https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/ww2/molotovpact.html
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Earl Jonsen

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16 February 2018, 23:38
More than 9,500 Polish staff / civilian workers employed by the Germans to work for the-Nazi-German-death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in the service of the-Nazis-But the Polish and Russians today like to point at Bandera as a collaborator when he was in-fact NOT he was in Sachsenhausen concentration camp from 1941 -1945 as a POW a prisoner of war in other words not collaborator but an enemy of Hitler and-the-nazis-not that that FACT will stop the Polish and Russians to give out disinformation about the man.. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2924761/Polish-investigators-compile-list-9-500-staff-Auschwitz-thousands-previously- Jan Grabowski's book paints a damning portrait of Polish citizens who betrayed and murdered their Jewish neighbors without German orders. read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/new-case-study-explores-role-of-polish-peasants-in-holocaust-atrocities.premium-1.503742
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Earl Jonsen

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16 February 2018, 23:37
POLISH ARMY KILLING Ukrainian and polish Jews know as the Pinsk genocide it was the mass execution of Jewish residents of Pinsk by the Polish Army. Polish Army had captured Pinsk Jews were executed. The Polish officer-in-charge execution the meeting participants without trial in fear of a trap, The Polish Commander General Antoni Listowski that the Jewish population attacked the Polish troops. The Polish military refused to give investigators the documents, the officers were never punished. Major Łuczyński was not charged for any wrongdoing and was eventually transferred and promoted reaching the rank of colonel (1919) and general (1924) in the Polish army. the events were the Polish parliament, but the Polish army denied any wrongdoing www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinsk_massacre
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Earl Jonsen

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16 February 2018, 23:31
Polish genocide done to Ukrainians !!!! IF POLISH LIKE TO ERECT MONUMENTS TO Władysław Raczkiewicz and the former Armia Krajowa unit, commanded Józef Biss that are both guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity then why cant Ukraine erect monumnets to Bandera ??? Bandera was no more a terrorist than Władysław Raczkiewicz or former Armia Krajowa unit, commanded Józef Biss was and his Polish army was when they was killing civilian ethnic Ukrainians and civilian ethnic jewish Ukrainians in Ukrainians lands back in the day... Ukraine needs to take steps to recognize Pawłokoma massacre as a genocide !!!!! Poland is not apologizing Genocide and forced deportations of Ukrainians done by Władysław Raczkiewicz and the former Armia Krajowa unit, commanded Józef Biss ..?? Ukrainians of Pawłokoma murdered by Krajowa unit, Józef Biss "Wacław" The victims were held in a local church tortured and executed. small children ( young as 10 ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paw%C5%82okoma_massacre
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