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Polska Partia Robotnicza Droga do wladzy 1941-1944 (Paperback)

jan peczkis|Thursday, February 4, 2016

This work combines the use of archival and common sources. Because there is so much information presented—much of it arcane to the reader who is not a specialist—I present an introduction and summary, and then focus on a few items.


This work has an English-language summary (pp. 461-462), and I now quote some excerpts from it in the next three paragraphs below:

This is an exhaustive monograph on the history of the Communists of Poland during the Second World War Basing himself primarily on hitherto secret documents…

…the Polish Workers Party (PWP) was founded, controlled, and led by Stalin and his special services. The local Communists attempted to disguise their dependency on the Kremlin and pose as Polish patriots. They were unsuccessful…

Many documents purportedly originating from the Communist underground were falsified or even generated after the war…Even dissident historians proved incapable of emancipating themselves from the framework…Leftist authors in particular have had a hard time differentiating between the propaganda and reality of the PWP [Polish Workers Party].


This work begins with a lot of detail on various Communist personages and Communist writings. For instance, one learns that the Communist Polish Workers’ Party had been formed from the PPS-Left, the Jewish Kombund (Jewish Communist Labour Bund, a split-off from the Bund), the SDKPiL (notably Rosa Luksemburg), and an assortment of smaller groups. (p. 26).


Communist propaganda vainly sought the support of the Polish peasantry using the slogans of class warfare and selfish self-advancement. It attempted to entice them with the promise that the landholdings of the nobility would be confiscated, without compensation, and distributed to the peasantry. (p. 125).


Both the supporters and opponents of Communism discussed the frequent banditry, against the Polish rural population, conducted by the Communists GL-AL bands. (e. g, pp. 106-107, 279-281). Polish Underground reports, more and more frequently, wrote of banditry as a serious problem. (pp. 340-342).

The GL-AL bands commonly provoked German reprisals, against the Polish rural population. This was done in the hope that traumatized peasants would join the GL-AL for succor or revenge. (p. 193).

The anarchy that was caused was intentional. It was part of the “revolutionary banditry” intended to terrorize the unwilling Polish population into submission to ANY government that would restore “law and order”—namely the impending Soviet-imposed Communist puppet government. (p. 192; 271-272).

The Polish peasant population did not sit idly by. They formed defenses against the GL-AL bands, and denounced the GL-AL terrorists to the Germans. (p. 173, 246). [How many accounts of "Poles denouncing fugitive Jews", or engaging in the JUDENJAGD (hunt for the Jews), so prevalent in Polonophobic Holocaust lore, are actually instances of Poles directly or indirectly defending themselves against Jewish banditry?]

For more on the crimes of the GL-AL, please click on, and read my detailed English-language review, of Tajne oblicze GL-AL i PPR: Dokumenty (Polish Edition).


The first members of the eventual GL-AL, in 1942, were escaped Soviet POWs and Jews. (p. 115), and this trend continued (p. 173, 175, 179, 193), with common Polish criminals also joining these bands. There was an especially large, Jewish-dominated GL-AL band (“Lew”) at Drzewica (near Radom), led by a Jewish woman (probably Zofia Jamajka)(p. 185), under the direction of Izrael Ajzenman “Julka” (a long-term prewar criminal and Communist: p. 175). This well-armed GL-AL band engaged in the plunder and systematic murder of Poles. (pp. 184-185).

The GL-AL units commonly robbed, murdered, and mutilated the bodies of fugitive Jews. (pp. 180-183, 251, 274). For instance, in the area of Grabowiec and Ludmilow, approximately 100 fugitive Jews were thus murdered. (p. 181). Later, many of these crimes were falsely blamed on the A.K. or N.S.Z., as they continue to be, to this day, in innumerable Jewish publications.

There was no contradiction between the GL-AL appealing to Jews, professing to be their champion, and then also robbing and murdering them. Having virtually no support in the mainstream Polish population, the Communists recruited whomever they possibly could. They thus took advantage of the Jews who had fled the ghettos, and then used them, for their own ends, in a largely utilitarian manner. (p. 274).


Poland, of course, was doomed to lose her freedom, as the Communist puppet government was forcibly imposed on the heels of the Red Army. The rewriting of history then began in earnest. It was common for Communists to steal the credit, for guerrilla achievement, from the A. K. and the N.S.Z., and to attribute them to the GL-AL. (p. 8, 18).
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