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Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Wartime Fate of Poles and Jews Deatail information aboutthe Polonophobic Bilge of Neo-Stalinist Jan T. Gross

jan peczkis|Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Even the well-informed reader will learn much from this work. The comprehensiveness and depth of this tome is head, shoulders, and chest above that of Jan T. Gross and his Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust. (See also the Peczkis review therein).

WHY ANTI-POLONISM

In the Introduction, the editors trace historical developments. Communist propaganda smeared Poland as anti-Semitic, and the West welcomed this as a palliative for Yalta pangs of conscience. The rise of identity politics in American academia meant that the moral right always belonged to the minority, and criticism of Jews was dismissed as anti-Semitism. (pp. 13-14). [Of course, minority is a relative term. Next to the vastly more populous and powerful Germans and Russians, Poles are very much a minority!]





THE FUNDAMENTAL DISHONESTY OF JAN T. GROSS

Historian Marek Jan Chodakiewicz shows how Jan T. Gross demonizes the Poles by selective anecdotes and systematic ignoring of contrary evidence (p. 21, 25, 31, 33), and how Gross makes utterly silly comparisons of Poles with Hutus. (p. 28). Chodakiewicz concludes that: "In this sense, GOLDEN HARVEST reads as another prejudicial assault on Polishness, patriotism, Christianity, tradition, and the sense of national identity." (pp. 62-63).

Gross' frauds begin with the book-cover photograph "of Polish Treblinka grave-diggers". In actuality, the photo is of unclear origin, and even the leftist GAZETA WYBORCZA has disavowed it. (p. 24). The major exploitation of Treblinka remains was actually conducted by the Red Army--and on an industrial scale. (p. 27). Unlike Gross, Chodakiewicz puts Polish looting of Jews in proper wartime German-occupation context. As exemplified by the Krasnik area, "...the Polish countryside experienced an almost complete breakdown of law and order from mid-1942 onward...Informing was a plague...Theft and robbery were common..." (pp. 41-43). Fugitive Jews perished as both victims and perpetrators of widespread banditry. (p. 55). Gross repeats base Nazi propaganda about Poles profiting from Jews. (p. 57). Nazis actually took the lion's share of Jewish belongings, and, "The claim that the Polish peasants enriched themselves at Jewish expense is spuriously false. The peasant looting of the leftover Jewish possessions, so-called `abandoned' property, often junk, did take place." (p. 61).

Peter Stachura points out that Gross craves attention and publicity, and concludes that, "Through the presentation of selective, unrepresentative, and invariably trivial or localized incidents and data, much of which derives from the work of Jewish and minor leftist Polish-based scholars, Gross aims to paint an unedifying and damning picture of Poles during the German occupation of Poland (1939-1944)." (p. 65).

Piotr Gontarczyk discusses the book-cover photo (pp. 71-73), and notes that Gross has little regard for the facts (p. 73), even repeating things that he knows are untrue, such as the Ringelblum accusation (p. 80) and Rzeszow Pogrom. (p. 89). Gross repeats hearsay as fact, and quotes renegades or Volksdeutsche as if they were normative Poles. (p. 82). Otherwise, Gross backed off his "100,000--200,000 Jews killed by Poles during the Holocaust" down to "tens of thousands" (p. 75)--the figures based on vague support. Both the Polish-Underground AK and NSZ punished Polish Treblinka grave-diggers. (pp. 76-77). Pointedly, looting of the dead is as old as human civilization, and wartime looting is universal, as exemplified by the Poles looting of the body in a downed aircraft. (p. 92). [For more on all this, see Peczkis Listmania: LOOTING...]

A TALMUDIC-STYLE DUAL MORALITY, GOVERNING JEWS AND NON-JEWS, IN ACTION

Double standards are blatant: If a Pole overcharged a Pole, it was an unfortunate wartime incident of no importance, but if a Pole overcharged a Jew, it was a Polish participation in the Holocaust. (p. 85). The same held for a Jew buying something a Pole had to sell to survive versus the reverse. (pp. 84-85). Denials notwithstanding, Gross is promoting Polish collective guilt--transferring the blame from Polish individuals to the Polish people and Catholic Church as a whole. (p. 89). Engelking-Boni cited drunken Polish peasants turning-in fugitive Jews to the Nazis on a Sunday "after the High Mass, one may surmise", even though there is no evidence that the drunkards even attended church. (p. 90). Engelking-Boni's cheap shot at the Church is obvious.

HORROR STORIES OF POLES MISTREATING JEWS

Teresa Preker(owa) found many Jewish accounts of Poles killing Treblinka-escaped Jews farfetched. (p. 100, 105). In a detailed analysis of the accounts of Treblinka escapees, Mark Paul concludes the Jewish escapees overwhelmingly received some form of assistance from Poles (though rarely permanent housing), and that there is no compelling evidence of Poles killing such Jews. (p. 119). Interestingly, Treblinka escapees, actually or presumably laden with valuables, faced financial exploitation not only by Poles, but also by fellow Jews. (p. 123). Pawel Styrna deconstructs the Gross-mentioned events at Wolka-Okraglik and Gniewczyna. The Poles of Wolka-Okraglik were exceptionally traumatized by the events at nearby Treblinka--in no sense representatives of Poles in general. (pp. 141-146). The Gniewczyna-related allegations of anti-Jewish crimes, never credible to begin with as they came from a single person--a Communist-era officer (p. 152), have been refuted. It is now realized that the Jew-murderers were Ukrainian policemen, and that the Gniewczyna Poles actually ASSISTED Jews. (p. 152).

THE "FEW AND ASHAMED POLES AIDED JEWS" MYTH

Ryszard Tyndorf presents a fascinating collection of over a hundred different examples, mostly from Jewish sources, of large groups of Poles sharing the burden of hiding Jews (p. 156, 159-195). This includes numerous examples of even entire villages entering in, and persisting in, a conspiracy of silence about their hidden Jews. (In many instances, the "hidden" Jews in Polish villages lived openly without fear.) As an example, some 2,000 Poles at a village near Tarnobrzeg resisted German questioning and monetary enticement, sticking to their story that a Jew among them was not one. (p. 169).

Tyndorf's findings debunk the idea that Polish rescuers of Jews were just a handful of altruistic individuals, acting alone, in a sea of indifferent if not hostile Poles, and that Polish benefactors of Jews habitually lived in constant fear of disapproval of their neighbors. It also contradicts the notion of Poles as romantic individualists lacking organizational skills. Finally, were Polish denouncers of Jews common, and denunciation of Jews was some kind of Polish and Catholic disease, it would be next to impossible to identify a single chain of Polish families, let alone entire villages, that lack a Polish denouncer. Instead, we have over 100 such examples!

LOOTING: MOST CERTAINLY NOT A POLE-AGAINST-JEW THING

Bethany M. Paluk surveys universal wartime looting. There are numerous instances of Jews looting Poles in Soviet-occupied eastern Poland. (p. 209). Many factors facilitate looting. Even sports championships in peacetime are sometimes sufficient to cause an apparent weakness in social infrastructure conducive to looting. (p. 205).

THE DEMYSTIFICATION OF POST-JEWISH PROPERTY

Judge Barbara Gorczycka-Muszynska (translated by Pawel Styrna) shows how the early post-WWII Soviet-imposed Communist authorities expropriated Poles' properties. (p. 223). Jews were privileged in being allowed to reclaim their prewar properties, as enforced by Emil Sommerstein, a Jew in the Communist government. (p. 229). Contrary to Gross' myth of Poles frequently offering murderous resistance to Jews returning to reclaim their properties, the AMERICAN JEWISH YEAR BOOK (1947-1948) noted that such restitution "proceeds more or less smoothly." (p. 230). [Clearly, both sides are not engaging in selectively chosen anecdotes. Jan T. Gross does so, while those of the opposite position describe what USUALLY happened.] In addition, contrary to the myth of Polish citizens enriching themselves at the expense of Jews, Nazi-seized properties, unclaimed by 1948, were expropriated (nationalized) by the Communists. (p. 231).

NEO-STALINISTS IN ACTION

John Radzilowski unmasks Jan T. Gross as a neo-Stalinist. Other neo-Stalinists include Joanna Michlic, Piotr Wrobel, and Jan Grabowski. (p. 251). Unlike their namesake, neo-Stalinists do not follow Stalin, and some may not even, strictly speaking, be Marxists. (p. 244). Like their namesake, however, they ignore or belittle Polish heroism and suffering, and attempt to destroy Polish Catholicism, patriotism, and nationalism by slanderously equating it with anti-Semitism and Nazi collaboration [also--not mentioned--with fascism, reaction, anti-pluralism, xenophobia, etc.] (pp. 243-244). Following Antonio Gramsci, they seek to de-Christianize Poland as a path to "progress" (p. 246), and to force a European identity upon Poles in place of the Polish identity. (p. 246).

Like other neo-Marxists of the Frankfurt school, the neo-Stalinists, a form of cultural Marxism, seek power not through politics or proletarian consciousness (p. 244), but by becoming a self-appointed elite (p. 253) that controls cultural institutions, especially the universities and news media. (p. 246). Dissenting thinkers are silenced not by being sent to the Gulags, but by censorship, character assassination, and the destruction of careers. As an example, consider the smear campaign directed at Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, followed by efforts to get him removed from university appointments. (p. 251).

JEWISH CRIMES AGAINST POLES (YES)

Mark Paul provides a very detailed, eye-opening account of Jewish Soviet collaboration in 1939 [sometimes called the Zydokomuna.] Though often excused by such things as the opined bad Jewish experience in pre-WWII Poland, and Jewish fear of the Nazis, it is obvious that this collaboration was primarily a manifestation of active enmity against Poland. At numerous documented locations in the Kresy, Jews shot at retreating Polish troops. (p. 271, 274). At a minimum of 21 known listed locations, Jewish bands took up arms against the Polish authorities well before the anticipated arrival of the Red Army. (p. 272). Before Jedwabne, there was Brzostowica Mala. There, before the arrival of the Red Army, a Jewish-Byelorussian band, led by the Jew Zusko Ajzik, massacred about 50 unarmed Polish civilians using sadistic techniques. (pp. 290-291). (Some Polish retaliatory actions against Jews did take place in 1939, but [as usual], these "pogroms" were greatly exaggerated.)

Later, Jews betrayed hiding Polish soldiers and militiamen (p. 274, 276), and identified educated Poles as "class enemies", which the Soviets murdered. (p. 275). Still later, virtually all of the witnesses at Soviet show trials, against Poles, were Jews. (p. 277). On the other hand, Poles document hundreds of instances of Jews protecting Poles from the Communists. This refutes Gross' claim that Poles only noticed bad things about Jews. (p. 292).

THE FALSE EQUIVALENCE OF POLISH ENDEKS AND GERMAN NAZIS

Wojciech Jerzy Muszynski analyzes Polish nationalist movements before and during WWII. In no sense were the Endeks (SN) or ONR fascist, Nazi, or pro-German. (pp. 298-299). Endek anti-Jewishness was based on economic and political conflicts with Jews, and had nothing to do with Nazi racial and exterminationist anti-Semitism. (pp. 300-303). During the Holocaust, Endek publications condemned the Nazi slaughter of Jews, and were among the first, if not the first, to identify the Nazi use of poison gas against Jews. (pp. 308-309). The linkage of Polish Catholicism with nationalism prevented Polish nationalism from degenerating into the kind of national egoism seen, for example, in the genocidal Ukrainian nationalism (OUN-UPA). (p. 323).

ENDING THE FAIRY TALE OF THE NSZ BEING A JEW-KILLING ORGANIZATION

Sebastian Bojemski (translated by Pawel Styrna) examines the NSZ, which for decades had been accused of killing Jews. This did happen indirectly when NSZ combatted bandit and Communist bands. Interestingly, the anti-Jewish crimes blamed on the NSZ were committed by the Communist GL-AL. (p. 328). See the Peczkis review of Tajne oblicze GL-AL i PPR: Dokumenty (Polish Edition). Other alleged NSZ crimes against Jews are unfounded. (pp. 344-347).

It is not true that the NSZ kept lists of Poles that helped Jews. (p. 329). Far from being anti-Semitic, the NSZ had Jewish and Jewish-descent members, and there are many examples of NSZ guerrillas and officers rendering aid to Jews. (pp. 330-342, 348). During the postwar Communist occupation, many Jews who had earlier benefitted from the NSZ's aid came forward to defend accused NSZ members. (pp. 342-344).

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For further study of these and related topics, please check the comments, and links therein, under my review. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report abuse | Permalink [Add comment] Comments Track comments by e-mail Sort: Oldest first | Newest first Showing 1-10 of 35 posts in this discussion Posted on Aug 14, 2017, 8:29:32 AM PDT Jan Peczkis says: .
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HOLOCAUST-SURVIVOR TESTIMONY IS NOT NECESSARILY CREDIBLE
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See my detailed reviews of the following Holocaust historians and Jewish authors:

Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Post-War Testimony (George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History)

The Holocaust and the Historians

The Era of the Witness

Especially revealing:

Hidden: A Sister and Brother in Nazi Poland
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2 of 3 people think this post adds to the discussion. Do you?  Yes No Posted on Aug 8, 2017, 5:32:56 PM PDT
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So Some Poles—As During the Kielce Pogrom—Believed the Blood Libel.

Big Deal
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JEWS ALSO BELIEVED IN A FORM OF BLOOD LIBEL:

Poland’s Jews taught that Gypsies habitually steal Jewish children:

Bialystok to Birkenau

The Janowska Road

Life is With People : The Culture of the Shtetl
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Turkey’s Jews Accused Jewish Converts to Islam of Conducting Ritual Murder:

Israel in Europe
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Poland’s Jews Even Taught That Poles Give Poisoned Candy to Jewish Children:
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 27: Jews in the Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1918

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And the Poles? Alexander Bruce Boswell, a British researcher of Poland who wrote POLAND AND THE POLES, concluded that Polish peasants were quite unlike the Russian peasants in Tsarist Russia during the infamous Mendel Beilis trial. Already by 1913, belief that Jews conduct ritual murder was rare among the Polish peasantry. See my review of Boswell:

Poland and the Poles

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JEWS SEE CHRISTIANITY AS IDOLATROUS: THE FACTS

Talmud apologists would have us believe that the Talmudic passages condemning idolatry apply only to the pagan peoples of Talmudic times, and not to Christians. They do.

The fact that MIN/MINIM (idolater/idolaters) in fact applies to Christians, is supported by multiple scholarly Jewish sources (see my detailed reviews of the following):

Especially: Jewish Identity in Early Rabbinic Writings (Arbeiten Zur Geschichte Des Antiken Judentums Und Des Urchristentums, Vol 23);

and:

Birkat haMinim: Jews and Christians in Conflict in the Ancient World (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism).
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See also: The Students' Guide Through the Talmud.

See also: The Essential Talmud.

See also: The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakot.

For an example of 20th century Jewish usage of MIN/MINIM in reference to Christians, see Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Jewish Lives).

Finally, what Jewish thinkers and rabbis taught is not as significant as what the Jewish masses thought. For multiple examples of everyday Jews reckoning Christians as idolaters in recent times, see the detailed, free, online book: TRADITIONAL JEWISH ATTITUDES TOWARDS POLES, by Mark Paul. (Check out the May 1, 2016 edition, or a more recent one, if it is available by the time you read this.)
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All of the following are Jewish-authored works, not anti-Semitic hatchet jobs on the Talmud:
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BROAD APPLICABILITY OF THE CONTROVERTIAL TEACHINGS OF THE TALMUD AND OTHER RABBINICAL LITERATURE

For a detailed analysis of the Talmudic view of the overall supremacy of Jews over gentiles, especially in terms of the Creation and everyday function of the world, please click on, and read my detailed review, of:

Jewish Identity in Early Rabbinic Writings (Arbeiten Zur Geschichte Des Antiken Judentums Und Des Urchristentums, Vol 23).

See also my detailed reviews of:

Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages

The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakot

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For more on the dual morality that governs Jews and the GOYIM, see my reviews of:

The Other in Jewish Thought and History: Constructions of Jewish Culture and Identity (New Perspectives on Jewish Studies)

Persecution, Polemic, and Dialogue: Essays in Jewish-Christian Relations (Judaism and Jewish Life)

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On the thorny question of when Jews can cheat gentiles, see my reviews of:

Tradition and Crisis: Jewish Society at the End of the Middle Ages (Medieval Studies)

Goyim: Gentiles and Israelites in Mishnah-Tosefta (Brown Judaic Studies)

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Apologetic exculpatory arguments are contradictory, and tell us more about the imagination of the writer than about the "real" meaning of the controversial passages:

The Jews Amongst the Nations: In Defence of the Talmud

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It is doubtful if medieval halakhic decisions, that rejected Christianity as idolatrous, were widely held among the rabbis of even that time, let alone among the Jewish masses. Please click on, and read my detailed review, of:

The Pride of Jacob: Essays on Jacob Katz and His Work (Harvard Center for Jewish Studies).

The following book (click on it and read my review) is by a French Jew. He rejects the argument that the antigoyism in the Talmud applied only to the pagans of Talmudic times, and not to Christians:

Antisemitism: Its History and Causes

Finally, many Jews considered Christians to be idolaters even to very recent times. See the detailed, free, online book: TRADITIONAL JEWISH ATTITUDES TOWARDS POLES, by Mark Paul. (Check out the May 1, 2016 edition, or a more recent one, if it is available by the time you read this.)

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There are definite, pointed uses of these controversial verses even today, including specifically against modern Christians. For examples, please read my reviews of the following items:

The Rav: The World of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Vol. 1.

Rejoice O Youth: Rational Approaches to God's Existence and the Torah's Divine Origin.

Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. (My review, now deeply buried, is dated June 24, 2015).
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I invite the reader to study the Bavli (Babylonian Talmud) for himself/herself, as I did. It is available online at www(dot)halakhah(dot)com.
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Stories That Illustrate the Absurdity of Certain Holocaust-Related Claims

By Jan Peczkis

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THE AIRPLANE CRASH: A SATIRE OF THE JEWISH MONOPOLIZATION OF AUSCHWITZ

An airplane suddenly falls out of the sky, killing all 100 passengers aboard—80 Christians and 20 Jews.

It turns out that the plane had earlier been sabotaged by an anti-Christian whose ultimate goal is the elimination of all Christians on Planet Earth.

Therefore, only the Christians, and not the Jews, have the right to be commemorated at the crash site. Failing that, the death of Jews is not deemed as important as the death of Christians. The rationale:

1). 80% of the victims were Christians.

2). Christians died because they were Christians. Jews died “only” because they were passengers.

3). The saboteur intended to annihilate all Christians worldwide, and had no similar ambitions against Jews.

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MR. ROSENBAUM: A SATIRE OF THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY

Mr. Rosenbaum, an American Jew, lived in New York in the early 1940s, and was murdered by a Nazi agent. He left no heirs, and so his property escheated to the state, exactly as prescribed by law.

Now, 75 years after the fact, the Holocaust Industry is announcing to everybody that the United States is a Nation of Thieves because it appropriated Mr. Rosenbaum's property as its own. We are told, in accordance with the imagination of the likes of Jan T. Gross, that the USA is riven with long-repressed guilt for its ill-gotten gain. What’s more, even though few Americans collaborated with the Nazis, the USA is still “complicit in the Holocaust” because Americans benefitted from the death of the Jew Rosenbaum.

The only remedy is clear: The USA must "come to terms with the past", "face up to dark chapters in its history", and pay property restitution monies, to the self-appointed members of the Holocaust Industry, for Mr. Rosenbaum's long-stolen property.

Such is the situation facing Poland today. It would be a surreal joke were it not for real.
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VOODOO NUMBERS (A FANTASTIC 160,000----250,000 FUGITIVE POLISH JEWS IN HIDING)
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—Repeated by Jan T. Gross, Barbara Engelking, Jan Grabowski, and the Media:
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How imagined?
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Of 3.4 million Polish Jews at the start of WWII (1939):

---2.5 MILLION JEWS STILL ALIVE AT THE START OF THE GERMAN-MADE HOLOCAUST (Spring 1942)

---OF THESE, 6.4%---10.0%, THAT IS, 160,000---250,000 JEWS, assumed to have FLED THE GHETTOS AND WENT INTO HIDING

---OF WHOM 40,000 [THAT IS, ONLY 16%-25%] SURVIVED THE NAZI GERMAN OCCUPATION

Surprise: Poles are then blamed for causing the deaths of those Jews that did not survive. In reality, a considerable number of fugitive Jews were found directly by German patrols, or were denounced by VOLKSDEUTSCHE or other non-Poles. See my review of: Unequal Victims: Poles and Jews During World War Two.

FACT: The 250,000 rests on the musings [not published research] of the late Szymon Datner, whom Grabowski assures us had studied this matter. But this hardly makes Datner correct!

FACT: Jan Grabowski, despite being repeatedly challenged to do so, has NEVER PUBLISHED ANYTHING, such as detailed wartime or postwar censuses or statistics, which substantiate these figures. What does this tell us?

FACT: Also based partly on assertions of Emmanuel Ringelblum, a Jew in hiding. It is easily shown that Ringelblum’s figures are nothing more than ARM-WAVING. Click on [and read my detailed review] of

Polish-Jewish Relations During the Second World War

SO DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS ON THE CREDIBILITY OF THE 160,000-250,000, 16%-25% VOODOO NUMBERS

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In fact, Grabowski’s claims are so egregious that over 130 Polish academics have signed a statement challenging him.

http://www.anti-defamation.org/rdiplad/?ddownload=1668

Jan Grabowski’s response? AD HOMINEM. If you cannot refute the message, then attack the messenger. Evidently, Grabowski’s arguments are so weak that he did the only thing he could do—try to impugn the qualifications of his critics. He pointed out that the signees are not Holocaust scholars—as if only Holocaust scholars are intelligent enough to properly understand and disagree with him!

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But no matter. Let us play Grabowski’s game, wherein only Holocaust scholars can validly criticize other Holocaust scholars.

Holocaust scholar Teresa Prekerowa, who had studied fugitive Jews and their rescue for many years, and is eminently qualified to discuss this subject, had arrived at a 50 PERCENT SURVIVAL RATE, which meant 80,000—120,000 Jews in hiding. See my review of:

My Brother's Keeper: Recent Polish Debates on the Holocaust

Prekerowa’s 50% estimate has been supported by a recent study:

Jewish Presence in Absence: The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland, 1944 2010

In addition, Prekerowa’s 80,000—120,000 fugitive Jews is corroborated by Gunnar S. Paulsson, a well-qualified Holocaust scholar, who arrived at a 100,000 Jews-in-hiding figure via a completely different chain of reasoning from Prekerowa. [See Gunnar S. Paulsson. 1998. The Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland. JOURNAL OF HOLOCAUST EDUCATION 7(1-2)33-44.]

So:

Given 40,000 surviving Polish Jews:

Was it 80,000---120,000 Jews in hiding, or was it 160,000—250,000?

Was it a 50% fugitive-Jew survival rate, or was it only 16%---25%?

Clearly, at least one of the Holocaust scholars (Grabowski, or Prekerowa and Paulsson) must be VERY WRONG. Evidently, Holocaust scholars are NOT infallible.

Then again, when it comes to Jewish-victimization anti-Polish propaganda, who cares about the facts? THE WORSE THE CHOSEN VOODOO NUMBER MAKES POLES LOOK, THE BETTER.

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Estimates of Percentages of Jews Who Fled the Ghettos Themselves are HIGHLY CONTRADICTORY

Again, assuming 2.5 million Jews still alive at the start of the Holocaust:

Grabowski: 6.4%---10.0% of them went into hiding

Prekerowa and Paulsson: 3.2%--4.8% of them went into hiding

Which was it?

As per the best-studied ghetto, the Warsaw Ghetto, Holocaust scholars greatly contradict themselves. Gunnar Paulsson, based on 490,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, and a survey with statistics, arrived at 5.5% [3.9%---7.6% at 95% confidence limits]. Other Holocaust scholars had earlier cited a range of figures that span the entire range of 1% and 10.2%!

For details, click on, and read my review, of:

Secret City: The Hidden Jews of Warsaw, 1940-1945 by Gunnar S. Paulsson (2003-03-01)

WE CANNOT GET SELF-CONSISTENT ESTIMATES, BY HOLOCAUST SCHOLARS, FOR EVEN one GHETTO, LET ALONE FOR THE SUM OF ALL THE GHETTOS IN GERMAN-OCCUPIED POLAND!

And we are supposed to take Jan Grabowski, and his 160,000—250,000 fugitive-Jew voodoo numbers seriously—and moreover without question?

Get real.
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ADDENDUM: A NEW STUDY DEBUNKS GRABOWSKI

Conducted by Dr. Grzegorz Berendt, a highly-decorated Polish historian with over 90 scholarly publications. Berendt confirmed that Szymon Datner’s 250,000 figure was based on his personal reflections, not scholarly analysis.

Berendt then surveyed hundreds of ghettos under the German occupation, and arrived at a figure of 60,000 total fugitive Jews.

Although this 60,000 figure is conservative in some respects, it is much more in line with Paulsson’s 100,000, and with Prekerowa’s 80,000—120,000, than it is with Grabowski’s 160,000—250,000!

For details, see Berendt, Grzegorz. Zydowscy Uciekinierzy i Tulacze w Okupowanej Polsce. BIULETYN IPN Nr. 6 (139), czerwiec 2017.
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HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM IN LEADING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS

[In Canada, UK, and the USA. Based on search of the PROQUEST NEWSTAND database, covering July 3, 2007—July 3, 2017. Using these respective keyword combinations: (Roma or Romani or Sinti or Gypsy or Gypsies) genocide; (“Great Famine” and Ukraine) or Holodomor; Armenian Genocide; “Holocaust” or Shoah]:

MENTIONS OF THE GENOCIDES APPORTIONED:

NEWSPAPERS....GYPSIES....UKES....ARMENIANS.....JEWS

Toronto Star...........16...........30..........103...........1,357

Globe and Mail........14...........39 .........103...........1,369

Montreal Gazette.....11...........14............95...........1,876

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The Sun...................3.............0............24...........1,235

Daily Mail...............10.............7.............50...........2,392

Evening Standard......3.............2.............18.............630

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Wall Street Journal.....0.............3...........110...........1,098

New York Times........32.............8...........245...........4,654

USA Today ................5.............0.............23.............365

NOTE: The virtual monopoly of Jews and the Holocaust is even more severe than appears from the table above. This, in the case of the Canadian newspapers, owes to the skewing effects of the large numbers of politically-active Ukrainians in Canada. The Armenian genocide is also more prominent than seems because of the publicity surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide (2015) and the ongoing Turkish-counterclaim controversy.

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JEWISH AUTHORS CONFRONT HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM
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I. BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR TO THE GENOCIDES OF OTHER PEOPLES

Jacob Neusner:

Stranger at Home: The Holocaust, Zionism, and American Judaism (Studies in the History of Judaism)

Jack Novick:

The Holocaust in American Life

Avraham Burg:

The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes

Yitzhak Laor:

The Myths of Liberal Zionism

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II. BECAUSE IT IS “REPELLANT CHAUVINISM”, AND IS A TOOL FOR SECURING SPECIAL RIGHTS

Norman Finkelstein:

The Holocaust Industry Publisher: Verso; Second Edition

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III. BECAUSE IT DISTORTS JEWISH SELF-IDENTITY, AND REPLACES GOD

Rabbi Byron Sherwin:

Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry

Rabbi Michael Goldberg:

Why Should Jews Survive?: Looking Past the Holocaust toward a Jewish Future
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SOME MANIFESTATIONS OF HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM

There are 16,000 titles, in the U. S. Library of Congress (the largest library in the world), on the Holocaust:

Why?: Explaining the Holocaust

Hollywood has produced 175 films on the Holocaust between 1989 and 2008:

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Finkelstein, Norman(June 2, 2008) Paperback

In May 1978, 120 million Americans viewed the HOLOCAUST series on television. Now (May 2011), there are 75 museums and monuments worldwide containing the word "Holocaust":

Holocaust: An American Understanding (Key Words in Jewish Studies)

As of June 2017, the ASSOCIATION OF HOLOCAUST ORGANIZATIONS Directory lists 198 institutions, the world over but mostly in the USA, promoting Holocaust studies:

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JEWISH COLLABORATION WITH THE NAZIS: NO DOUBLE STANDARD
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The classic, simplistic attempt to dismiss it all as "choiceless choices":

Versions of Survival: The Holocaust and the Human Spirit (Suny Series in Modern Jewish Literature & Culture)
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In actuality:

FACT: Not all choices faced by Jews, under the Nazis, were "Choiceless Choices"

FACT: Jews were neither totally nor consistently powerless under the Nazis

So: JEWISH COLLABORATORS CAN BE EVERY BIT AS MORALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CONDUCT AS THE NON-JEWISH COLLABORATORS:

(Click on, and read my reviews of):

Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust

Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood (Cambridge Middle East Studies)

A Narrow Bridge to Life: Jewish Slave Labor and Survival in the Gross-Rosen Camp System, 1940-1945

International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law (The Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law)

The Holocaust in Israeli Public Debate in the 1950s: Ideology and Memory

A Surplus of Memory : Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising(Hardback) - 1993 Edition

The Portable Hannah Arendt (Penguin Classics)

See also:

Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution, and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel after the Holocaust

Eichmann in Jerusalem : A Report on the Banality of Evil (Revised and Enlarged)
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MYTH: IN THE DECADES AFTER WWII, MURDERED POLISH JEWS, IF NOT CONVENIENTLY FORGOTTEN, WERE JUST SUBSUMED UNDER POLAND'S "HEROIC NARRATIVE"

So Poland (until recent decades) just blended Polish and Jewish deaths, at the hands of the Germans (Nazis), under the rubric of "Polish citizens" or "Victims of Fascism". And this—horror of horrors-- implied that Jews and Poles suffered equally.

DOUBLY WRONG

But wait, it gets even better. According to Jan T. Gross, Poles felt guilty about not helping the Jews enough and—what’s more---had a deep-seated guilt complex for acquiring post-Jewish properties. And so Poles, until recently, conveniently and deliberately forgot about the Jews.

ENOUGH POLONOPHOBIC FAIRY TALES

But why do we keep hearing them? Is it because certain Jews want to control the discourse, manipulate collective consciousness, and to reverse roles? (That is, accusing Poles of forgetting or depreciating Jewish deaths, when it really is Jews that forget or depreciate Polish deaths)?
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The Facts:

VARIOUS POLISH-GOVERNMENT EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS ALWAYS UNAMBIGUOUSLY IDENTIFIED JEWS AS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED BY THE NAZIS ONLY BECAUSE THEY WERE JEWS:

(The following books were published in the 1947-1981 span, listed reverse-chronologically. Click on them, and read my detailed reviews):

German Crimes in Poland

Warsaw Aflame: The 1939-1945 Years

Scenes of Fighting and Martyrdom Guide; War Years in Poland 1939-1945

Warsaw, a city destroyed and rebuilt

Assistance to the Jews in Poland, 1939-1945

Genocide 1939-1945, War Crimes in Poland

Treblinka (English and German Edition)

Hans Frank's Diary

Statement on War Losses and Damages of Poland in 1939-1945. Compte-rendu des dommages et pertes en Pologne causes par la guerre durant les annees 1939-1945. (at head of title: Presidency of the Council of Ministers. War Indemnities Office.)
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AT NO TIME DID POLISH FILMOGRAPHY FORGET THE JEWS AND THEIR FATE!

Polish Film and the Holocaust: Politics and Memory
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IMPLICATIONS OF JEWS AS A MERCHANT CLASS
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MYTH: Jews Dropped Farming, and Became Merchants and Usurers, Because They Were Forced:

The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

JEWISH ECONOMIC PROTECTIONISM and How it Led to the Much-Condemned Endek-Led Boycotts of Jewish Businesses:

Tradition and Crisis: Jewish Society at the End of the Middle Ages (Medieval Studies).

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JEWS AND THE PROPINACJA (ALCOHOL TRADE) IN POLAND

Journey to a Nineteenth-Century Shtetl: The Memoirs of Yekhezkel Kotik (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology)

Russians, Jews, and the Pogroms of 1881-1882

Tsar Nicholas I and the Jews: The transformation of Jewish society in Russia, 1825-1855

Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire (The Modern Jewish Experience)

A World Apart: A Memoir of Jewish Life in Nineteenth Century Galicia (Judaism and Jewish Life)

Poland; an historical sketch

The Polish Peasant in Europe and America: A CLASSIC WORK IN IMMIGRATION HISTORY
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