Tensions between Jews and Poles are at an all time high over a new Polish law that would would make it illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison to say that the Polish government or nation took part in the Holocaust.
The Jewish diaspora and Israelis alike have been quick to condemn the bill. And yet, in so doing, they are not only revising history, but some are also betraying their own history, and thus exposing a shocking hatred to the Polish people, that seems to Poles almost as hateful as the anti-Semitism they accuse Polish nation .
The video clearly was produced with actors and not identifiable Jews in Poland.
In it, Jews both young and old said that they were willing to go to prison for what they were about to do. This act that they were about to undertake would be to “fight” against the “oppressive” ( ??!) Polish law.
The actors on the recording then proceeded to repeat the phrase “Polish Holocaust” thus falsifying the historical facts about the Poles, who they apparently consider to be responsible for the Holocaust. The video ended with a cruel call on the United States to sever diplomatic relations with Poland.
The video was incredibly upsetting to Poles, whose nation was the one mostly affected by WW2. Not only did it disregard history (as it was a German Nazi Holocaust), but it disregarded the joint suffering of Poles and Jews together, portraying Poles as a nation of perpetrators of genocide.
This video, before it was taken down, was obviously designed to hurt and offend Poles, and to disseminate a false historical narrative, and succeeded in it.
Thankfully, the outcry against the video from some Jewish and Israeli institutions was swift and harsh.
The Israeli embassy wrote in a statement that “the message of the video, which appeared through the American foundation, is unacceptable. Its content is inconsistent with historical truth and strikes at the memory of all victims of Nazi Germany.”
The Association of Jewish Religious Communities went further by stating: “We strongly condemn the film of the Ruderman Family Foundation, and its use of the words ‘Polish Holocaust,’ which we do not accept, and which are untrue and harmful.”
The American Jewish Committee, too, condemned the video.
And yet, the hatred that the video showed, and the disregard for history, has been part of the Jewish and Israeli response to the bill from the beginning.
Consider the events at the annual Munich Security Conference, where a popular Israeli journalist publicly confronted the Polish Prime Minister. In the question and answer session of a panel discussion, journalist Ronen Bergman suggested that for stating that his family was turned over to the Nazis by their Polish neighbors, he could be sent to prison. His mother vowed never to speak Polish ever again.
Now, he admits that, from a historical perspective this was untrue. “Clearly, the Nazis were the ones who initiated the Holocaust, and they were the ones who built the concentration camps.”
This kind of conduct as the above video and this journalist in Munich is nothing short of unjustified prejudice against Poles. Imagine if someone said something like this about Jews.
In fact, there were many Jews, such as Capos ( jewish police in ghettos), who denounced their own in order to steal from them and bribe the Nazis for their own survival. Unfortunately, this is the hell of war, and has been for centuries. It pits people against each other, often loved ones.
Many people have problems with the bill, which in their opinion requires clarification and significant amendments. But anyone with any familiarity with the bill knows that what Bergman said is biased and very unjust.
Today we can and must look at the events of the Holocaust from the distance afforded by time and ask if lies like that of Bergman’s justly reflect history.
The actors in the above video and Bergman’s words turned Poles, in the eyes of many Jews and other nations, into people worse than the actual architects of the Holocaust. And to the Poles, the insistence on misrepresenting the new Polish bill and blaming Poles for the crimes of the Nazis is deeply upsetting.
But since those doing the misrepresenting admit that what they are saying is not historically accurate, we can only conclude that it stems from a deep-seated hatred of Poles, which is frightening, horrifying and angers many Poles, causing this time the rise of justified antisemitism.
There is almost no Polish family out there that has not been affected by this war. I, for example, have never had the chance to meet both of my grandfathers killed in the war; one by the German Nazis and the other one at the end of war by Soviet bolsheviks.
At the heart of opposition to Poland’s new law is a worldwide view that is fundamentally steeped in anti-Polonism. This prejudice perpetuates the myth that while the Germans — the originators of the Holocaust — have atoned for their wrongs, the unrepentant Poles are eternally anti-Semitic to their very core.
Surely one can see that it is unbelievably upsetting to be on the receiving end of such prejudice, considering the condition Poland was in. The country has been partitioned for the fourth time by Nazi Germany and Soviet Union, and simply did not exist.
Although the Dutch provided Germany with the largest foreign Waffen-SS units (50,000 volunteers), and set up their own SS cell inspired by the local Socialist party Anton Mussert, they are today seen as model citizens.
Though the Danes issued 10,000 volunteers for the Waffen-SS, and their military contingent was the only one in Europe that received full support from the government and the Danish National Socialist Workers Party Fritz Clausen, they are presented as an alternative to the “collaborating Poles.”
“One unique feature of the Waffen-SS was that it was a volunteer army, in which from 1942 European soldiers from many lands and peoples could be found: Albanians, Bosnians, Britons, Bulgarians, Cossacks, Croats, Danes, Dutch, Estonians, Finns, Flemings, French, Georgians, Greeks, Hungarians, Italians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Norwegians, Romanians, Russians, Serbs, Slovakians, Swedes, Swiss, Ukrainians, Walloons; as well Armenians, Byelorussians, Hindus, Kirghizes, Tartars Turkmen and Uzbeks served under their own flags in the Waffen-SS. Almost all of these peoples were represented in my unit.”
– Otto Skorzeny (the famed former elite Waffen-SS commando) 
The German Army actually consisted of volunteers from 29 different nations, and saw throughout its ranks not only Europeans from all over the map, but also other very diverse non-European ethnicities such as black Africans, North African Muslims, Syrians, Iraqis, Saudi Arabians, Trans-Jordanians, Palestinians, Lebanese, Central Asiatic Turkic peoples, Indians, Mongolians, Siberians, Chinese, Japanese[?], Koreans, Indonesians, and Thais. It represented the largest collection of ethnic groups that have ever banded together in military history.
Poland in no way agreed to collaborating with the Nazis. Please use the sharing tools found via the email icon at the top of articles.
Poland was also the only country in occupied Europe that created an underground council for aid to Jews. Despite the threat of the death penalty, thousands of Poles were involved in helping Jews escape the Holocaust. German official records reveal that at least 5,000 Polish people were executed for hiding Jews.
By denying the Polish state the right to defend its own citizens against false accusations, some Jews are seemingly ignoring entirely the unspeakable cruelty of the German occupation of Poland and to the Polish people, who also suffered extermination.
Unfortunately, as time goes on and the last witnesses are dying, the history has twisted away from the truth, as have the Polish-Israeli/Jewish relations.
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