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Harvest of hate;: The Nazi program for the destruction of the Jews of Europe


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The Extermination of the Jews as a Prelude to the Extermination of the Poles and Other Slavs

 

Seldom-Mentioned Facts About the Holocaust

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harvest-hate-program-destruction-Europe/dp/B0006CF908

 

Leon Poliakov, a French Jew, provides the reader with an information-packed one-volume encyclopedia of the Holocaust. He covers such diverse topics as the rise of Nazism, the early persecutions of Jews, the development of what has become known as industrial genocide, Allied successes in freeing some Jews, Himmler’s second thoughts on the extermination of Jews, and much more. Poliakov defends the figure of 6 million murdered Jews against lower estimates. He mentions the attempts of Max Naumann, a German Jew, to effect reconciliation between German Jews and the Nazis (pp. 10-11).

Unfortunately Poliakov frequently lapses into standard Polonophobic and anti-Christian formulations. On the other hand, he makes the connection between recent German behavior and German attitudes that had long predated Hitler: “For decades, innumerable philosophers, journalists, and teachers had exalted the Prussian ideal of inflexible hardness and blind obedience–while the solemn Hegel himself deified the state. For a century the Jahns, the Arndts, the Lists, the Treitschkes, and the von Bernhardis had proclaimed the superiority of the German race and urged Germany on to new and joyous wars.” (p. 284).

Poliakov presents evidence that contradicts the common stereotype of most Poles being indifferent to the sufferings of Jews. It also counters historian Yisrael Gutman’s contention that common sufferings did not bring Poles and Jews any closer. The following is from a February 1940 letter from General Johannes Blaskowitz to von Brauchitsch: “The violence publically perpetrated against the Jews is not only provoking in the basically pious Polish people a deep disgust with their perpetrators; it is also creating a profound pity for the Jewish population, to whom the Poles were more or less hostile until now.” (p. 42).

In 1936, Polish Cardinal August Hlond described Jews as “freethinkers, vanguards of Bolshevism, etc.” for which he has been reviled as an anti-Semite ever since. It is interesting to note that Poliakov, using different words and employing a positive spin, makes basically the same generalization as did Cardinal Hlond. After listing several prominent Jewish Communists (e. g., Karl Marx), he writes: “These last remind us that it is in the Jewish tradition to be attracted to critical and reforming tendencies and to make common cause with the disinherited.” (p. 9).

Poliakov devotes some attention to “Jewish passivity.” He cites two different German documents in which German soldiers are cautioned to closely watch captive Poles and Russians, and to do so while fully armed. This is in explicit contradistinction to the watching of captive Jews (p. 226). On a larger scale, Jewish leaders long believed that the persecution of Jews could be stopped through the payment of massive bribes to the Gestapo (p. 99).

Ironically, for all the talk about Poles and Jews being “unequal victims”, the Germans never saw any need to “protect” the Poles from being “defiled” by Jews: “On the other hand, certain sacral measures, such as the Nuremberg laws, were never introduced into a territory which the Nazis considered to be inhabited by an inferior race.” (p. 38).

For all of the chronic, mendacious media remarks about “Polish death camps” (or baseless insinuations that Poles’ presumed attitudes towards Jews had something to do with their location), the Nazis had originally planned to build the mass-gassing facilities in the German-occupied USSR. They opted for Poland instead, probably owing to a shortage of rolling stock. (p. 192).

Contrary to the claims of Holocaust-uniqueness advocates, the Nazis did in fact deliberately spare some known Jews. For instance, fifty rich Dutch Jews ransomed themselves. (p. 254). Poliakov elaborates on mass-amnesty proposals entertained by the Nazis and concludes that: “…it is impossible to tell the number of lives saved by the `Europa Plan’. A few thousand Jews were allowed to go to Switzerland; some tens of thousands of Jews were spared deportation from Budapest…” (p. 258).

Poliakov’s work is not limited to the extermination of the Jews. In a manner reminiscent of Raphael Lemkin, Leon Poliakov elaborates on the Germans’ genocide of Poles in terms of the wholesale murder the Poland’s intelligentsia, the reducing of the fertility of the population (including by the encouraging of abortion: p. 274), the mental degradation of the Polish population, etc. (pp. 268-280). He quotes Polish sources whose estimates are that 3 million non-Jewish Poles were murdered, with 35,000 Polish intellectuals among the victims (p. 269). He also recognizes the fact that any mass resettlement of Poles would have exacted a very high death toll (p. 277). This would in itself be tantamount to genocide.

Poliakov also recognizes the fact that the mass sterilization methods being developed by the Germans, not ready for use against Jews, were instead to be used as part of the mass extermination of the Slavic untermenschen: “It should also be pointed out that these ambitious projects were not aimed at the Jews alone, but looked to the immediate sterilization of all the so-called inferior races.” (p. 253).

Meanwhile, Himmler spoke of 30 million Slavs killed as one of the eventual goals of Operation Barbarossa (p. 268), while Anthropology Professor Abel recommended the extermination of the Russian people (p. 266). Wetzel opposed the wholesale extermination of Slavs, not because the Slavs were deemed any more inherently worthy of life than Jews, but owing solely to obvious practical considerations (p. 266-267). Of course, as conditions changed, the extermination of the Slavs would become feasible, even through the employment of industrial genocide. Poliakov recognizes this fact: “The same word genocide' applies to the persecution ofinferior peoples,’ even if this was sometimes a delayed' genocide...Once thefinal solution’ had been launched out on, all mental barriers were smashed and the necessary psychological precedent created…It was easy enough to see, moreover, by simple induction that so insane a scheme could not stop half-way; if the fortunes of war had given the Nazis enough time, the force of the logic of genocide would have inexorably driven other people and races into the gas chambers.” (p. 264).

Poliakov does not mention that the Germans were, in fact, already employing industrial genocide on Poles. For instance, in the little-known death camp of KL Warschau, some 200,000 non-Jewish Poles were gassed and cremated.

The Long-Suppressed Nazi Extermination Camp for Poles in Warsaw Itself

This review is from: Kl Warschau W Swietle Dokumentow: Raport Dla Prezesa Instytutu Pamieci Narodowej, Na Potrzeby Szko I Budowy Pomnika Ofiar Obozu Kl Warschau (Paperback)

The Germans realized that there were too many Poles to be summarily exterminated like the Jews (p. 135). It had to be a long-term project, done in stages. First was the destruction of educated Poles, then that of Warsaw’s Poles. Konzentrationslager (KL) Warschau, which functioned from October 9, 1942 (p. 230) until the Warsaw Uprising (August 1944), served primarily the latter purpose. (For a description of its layout, see p. 68, pp. 78-84). Eventually, Warsaw was to be replaced by a small, all-German town, as planned by Pabst, a German architect.

A document by Himmler (Feb. 16, 1943; pp. 58-60) called for the immediate extermination of 500,000 surplus-to-Germans Varsovians. Since the vast majority of Warsaw’s 350,000 Jews had by then been dead in Treblinka, Himmler’s order must have referred to Poles (pp. 223-224, 230).

Some tunnels in western Warsaw were converted by the Germans into gas chambers (pp. 136-137). This is confirmed by eyewitnesses to their operation (pp. 106-107; 146-150) and postwar engineering investigators. (pp. 136-144) After the war, thousands of canisters of Zyklon, the same pelleted cyanide gas used in Auschwitz-Birkenau, were found nearby. (p. 80, 150) Obviously, the Germans had big plans for the Poles.

The bodies of the murdered Poles were burned in crematoriums at various locations in Warsaw (for eyewitness accounts, see pp. 190-195), and, after the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, in pyres and crematory ovens built on that site. Additional and larger crematories kept getting added (p. 195). After the war, ashes and bone fragments were found at various locations (pp. 196-197).

Approximately 200,000 Warsaw Poles were murdered at KL Warschau (p. 217). This contrasts with over 30,000 in the September 1939 war, 160,000 in the Warsaw Uprising, 7,000 total at various nearby woods (Palmiry, Kampinos, Kabaty, etc.)(p. 218).

A number of incorrect statements about the camp were made in a book by Bogumil Kopka. These are refuted by competent scholars (e. g., p. 104, pp. 307-314, 319-320). Polish Underground reports frequently referred to KL Warschau as a place of mass killings of Poles (p. 230). Also, throughout the trials of Nazi war criminals, the Germans never questioned the existence and Pole-killing function and magnitude of KL Warschau. (p. 264)

During the imposition of the Soviet puppet state, the facilities of KL Warschau were partly re-used by the NKVD and then the UB (p. 316). Not surprisingly, mention of this camp was banned during Communist rule and the inferred casualties of the Warsaw Uprising were nearly doubled to hide the camp’s Nazi-era murders. (p. 222)

In 1999, Pope John Paul II blessed a coal-stone foundation for a monument to the KL Warschau victims (pp. 267-269). (For a drawing of the proposed monument, see p. 283). Unfortunately, invisible government resistance to construction of the monument continues, owing to its desire to avoid embarrassing questions about its Communist past, and to serve the dictates of modern political correctness (p. 103, 308, 316). The latter include: German sensitivities, remembrance of only the Jewish Holocaust victims, and the emphasis upon constant Polish contrition for past Polish actions/inactions towards Jews.

Jan Peczkis

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Jan Peczkis says:

ADDENDUM: A number of factors need to be remembered relative to challenges against the accuracy of this book. To begin with, the “Not Enough Evidence” thinking was, for a long time, also applied to the Nazi extermination camps for Jews.
Witnesses were discounted.
Second, there are recurrent accusations against the IPN (the Instytut Pamieci Narodowej, the Institute for National Remembrance) tending towards a “Not Enough Evidence” mindset when the victims were Poles, while accepting quite slender evidence as fact when the victims were Jews.
Finally, even if Maria Trzcinska is wrong on some things, this doesn’t invalidate her basic thesis. Recall that reports about the use of hot steam to kill victims at Treblinka turned out to be incorrect-something which Holocaust deniers never tire of repeating—yet this in no way invalidates the fact of Treblinka nor the several hundred thousand Jews murdered there.
Most of them were poor Jews ( Admin. )

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Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians Remember the Nazi Occupation

https://justice4poland.com/2015/10/16/forgotten-survivors/

 

https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Survivors-Christians-Occupation-Hardcover/dp/0700613501

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