Poland was an ally not axis power: Poles didn’t mastermind the Holocaust. It was senior Nazi (Germans and Austrians) at the Wannsee Conference.
Poles were not tried at Nuremberg. Those found guilty of crimes against humanity were German or Austrian.
Poland didn’t surrender nor collaborated with Germany. Other such as Slovakia, France, Norway and Denmark became puppet states controlled by Nazi Germany.
There were never any Polish Waffen-SS units. Others from Spain to Estonia, Finland to India, Denmark to Russia did have Waffen-SS units
Poles didn’t round up Jews in the ghettos. This was the Germans with Ukrainians and Jewish collaborators. In fact Poles fought alongside the Jews during the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Poles were not the guards in the death camps. Once again it was the likes of the Germans, Austrians, Ukrainians and Latvians. Poles were the largest group of victims in slave-labour camps and the generally the second largest group in death camps.
It was the Americans and British vetoed that the bombing of the dead camps. Poland fully supported plans to bomb Auschwitz and it was Poles that liberated some camps, such as Warsaw's Pawiak Prison in August 1944.
The American and British governments suppressed press stories about Auschwitz, etc. Meanwhile, the Polish government in London issued detailed reports of the Holocaust, exposing the Nazi genocide in occupied Poland.
Heroic Polish "righteous Gentiles" saved more Jews from the Holocaust than any other nationalities making up over a quarter of all recipients. More than Spain, England, Germany and 32 other countries combined.
Poland was the only country in occupied Europe where aiding a Jew meant risking instant execution; and yet Poles created and operated the largest resistance army during the entire war. This ran the only organisation dedicated to aiding Jews.
I wonder why the author picked on Poland when others have a far worse record.
I don't know why you're trying to incite hatred between Poles and Jews (I also don't understand why you deleted all the comments criticising your article). I am reposting my comment.
You write "We allow the Poles to lie and claim that it was just by coincidence that the Germans “stuck” Auschwitz on their land." Of course it was no coincidence. German built concentration camps on OCCUPIED POLISH SOIL because it was logistically more convenient as there were already a lot of Jews in Poland.
And why did Jews choose to live in pre-WW2 Poland??
Because they knew they could freely practice their faith there, cultivate their tradition and live in peace with the local communities.
I'm shocked that such lies are spread around. What you're effectively doing is exactly what Hitler's Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels said which is: "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it".
Please, clarify in the article that the camps were in GERMAN OCCUPIED POLAND.
Comment by Anna-Jane Niznikowska — March 6, 2014 @ 3:37 PM
This writer is suffering from historical revisionism and ignorance. He should visit Yad Vashem and learn some irrefutable FACTS. One of which that it was indeed NO coincidence that some of these NAZI GERMAN camps were located on occupied Polish soil during WW2. The simple fact is that there were more Jews in Poland than anywhere else in the world! Why? Because for centuries Poland was the ONLY country to offer Jews sanctuary and legal rights. No-one has ever denied there was some anti-Semitism in Poland (there was much worse in other countries) but that did not prevent Poles becoming top in numbers of the Righteous People Amongst Nations. Of all the countries occupied by Nazi Germany ONLY in Poland was there a death penalty for anyone (and their families) discovered (or suspected of) sheltering Jews. For this reason, the Yad Vashem Righteous numbers are a considerable understatement. Thousands and thousands of Polish people still took the risk of sheltering Jews. Also, try Googling: Żegota.
Neither was there a “Polish massacre of Jewish Holocaust survivors returning to their homes”. There is (I believe) only 1 documented incident at Kielce (1946) where 42 Jews were killed in a pogrom which is generally thought to have been instigated by the Soviet occupying forces to distract international attention away from the Soviet rigged elections. There was also a show trial resulting in the execution of 9 people allegedly responsible for the pogrom. There is a lack of proportion/sense in mentioning the 42 Jews killed in this ONE documented (& investigated) incident compared with the 20,000 that were killed in the Kielce ghetto by the German Nazis. There is a sunken Menorah Monument in Kielce dedicated to the Jewish victims by the residents of Kielce. Has the writer also forgotten the SIX MILLION Jews that were murdered in GERMAN death factories? His statement is vindictive and deliberately provocative. Especially when you consider that in resisting Nazi Germany, Poland lost more percentage of population (including 3m Polish Jews) than any other country.
The writers suggestion that WW2 should be renamed a World War on Jews does not stand up to any scrutiny and deserves much contempt. Jews were – undoubtedly – the main victims of the genocidal Nazi policies but history is perfectly clear. Hitler and Stalin wanted to wipe Poland off the map – literally. These 2 totalitarian powers (again) divided Poland to spread their morally corrupt ideologies and obviously gain land plus property. The writer forgot to ask (or may not know) why Hitler invaded other countries. Or, why Stalin deported over 1.5 million Polish families to Siberia in cattle trucks and murdered thousands of Polish officers at Katyn.
The only genocide committed against the Jews and Poles was committed by the Germans. Jews were also the only people in Poland who after the war (supposedly) ended were allowed to emigrate by the occupying Soviet Red Army. It is also a sad and unfortunate fact that over 37% of the directors of the hated Polish Communist Secret Police were… Jewish. This did not help future Polish-Jewish relations
The Knesset would not be able to travel to a "death camp in Poland" because no such place ever existed. The writer is attempting an outrageous and false association (or complicity) of Poland with these NAZI GERMAN places.
The (Jewish) Anti-Defamation League stated: “The Anti-Defamation League has expressed full support for the efforts of the government of Poland to ensure that the official names of the death camps in Poland emphasize that the camps were built and operated by Nazi Germany." Some, such as Israel Gutman – professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chief Historian at Yad Vashem (World Center for Holocaust information), went further and have been quoted as saying that to deny German responsibility is a form of Holocaust denial.
First of all, i want to address one comment in the article that is both self-righteous and illogical. Can the innocent son of a murderer reprimand the faulty ethics of the son of the murderer's victim? I think the Talmud would have to give a resounding yes on that. For cannot the son of an innocent become a murderer, and the son of a murderer become a Tzaddik? . And, do the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria receive less water than the Jewish settlements? Absolutely. It has been well documented. But that is not the point. The larger point is, are we Jews above criticism? Does our history as victims place us on a pedestal?
This is the misuse of the Shoah, no, the abuse of the Shoah, for politics that serves a culture of victimization that allows for good Israeli's to practice the kind of denial that the "good germans" once did, and i dont mean to compare the Shoah to the Occupation, or to be frivolous, but there is denial of injustice, full stop.
Second, i will address another gross error of Feiglin's "We allow the Poles to lie and claim that it was just by coincidence that the Germans “stuck” Auschwitz on their land" No, of course it was not a coincidence, there are lots of rational explanations; that was where the Jews were, 3 millions of them. That was where the Poles were, the first 175,000 victims in Auschwitz were Gentile Poles for G-d's sake, have you no respect for anyone's suffering but the Jews? There was also great rail service to Poland from all over Europe.
Satanic judeophobia in Poland??? Tell me, in what language is the word Pogrom? In what country was the famous Kishniev pogrom? Poland was perhaps the LEAST antisemtic country in the 30's , plenty of it in the USA Where was Anatevka, the shtetl the Jews flee from in Fiddler on the Roof?
I am an American Jew who stands with the Poles against this sort of slander. Feiglin is at best uninformed, and at worst guilty of racist attiudes towards Poles and Poland, and sadly all too representative of ignorant Jewish attitudes to Poland…