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MYTH: POLAND HID JEWISH DEATHS AT AUSCHWITZ

jan peczkis|Saturday, May 27, 2017

So Poland (until recent decades), concealed Jewish deaths, or just mixed up 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



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MYTH: POLAND HID JEWISH DEATHS AT AUSCHWITZ



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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1 of 1 people think this post adds to the discussion. Do you?  Yes No Posted on May 25, 2017, 5:14:06 PM PDT Jan Peczkis says: .
A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF BOOKS THAT PROMOTE THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY
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Click on, and read by reviews, of the following (most recently-published listed first):
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Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World

Robbery and Restitution: The Conflict over Jewish Property in Europe (War and Genocide)

Restitution and Memory: Material Restoration in Europe

Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy

Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts

Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II

The Plunder of Jewish Property During the Holocaust: Confronting European History
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Last edited by the author on May 25, 2017, 5:42:10 PM PDT Jan Peczkis says: .
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BOOKS ON THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY, AND ITS INAPPROPRIATE ATTEMPTS TO RE-VICTIMIZE POLAND:

Click on, and read my detailed reviews of:

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Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-48 (New Studies in European History)

Walls Around: The Plunder of Warsaw Jewry during World War II and Its Aftermath

Nie musimy placic Zydom!

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

The Holocaust Industry Publisher: Verso; Second Edition

For details on Norman Finkelstein's warnings, specific to Poland, about the Holocaust Industry, please click on, and read the detailed English-language review, of Operacja "Jedwabne": Mity i fakty (Polish Edition).

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Here is William D. Rubinstein, a Jewish university professor, who supports Norman G. Finkelstein's conclusions on the Holocaust Industry, notably regarding its targeting of Poland for extortion attempts:

Rubinstein's review of Finkelstein's THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY originally appeared in the December 1, 2000 issue of FIRST THINGS. The reviewer, William D. Rubinstein, is Professor of History at the University of Wales.

Rubinstein thinks that Finkelstein overreaches, pointing out that Holocaust activists are not necessarily motivated by base motives. He also criticizes Finkelstein for his leftist, anti-Zionist criticisms of the State of Israel.

Whatever his disagreements with Finkelstein, Rubinstein unreservedly supports Finkelstein's criticisms of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). He writes: "Despite its grandiose-sounding name, the WJC, founded in 1936, cannot be termed a representative body of the Jewish people...Most of the hostile reviews of THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY have notably and studiously avoided commenting directly on the charges Finkelstein makes against the WJC, presumably because there is no adequate reply. Finkelstein accuses the WJC of being, in effect, a pirate ship, sailing the waters, hunting for booty, and using the unique moral credibility of the Holocaust to extort fortunes from European governments."

Rubinstein comments, "After the war, a Jewish community of up to 250,000 very briefly emerged again in Poland. Their property was indeed confiscated by the Communists, not because they were Jews but because they were capitalists--the property of gentile capitalists was also seized. I personally cannot see any compelling reason why the present Polish government should pay one cent for former Jewish properties. "

Then Rubinstein makes his money-extortion point even stronger: "It is difficult to believe that a person of good will could approve of these demands. As a Jew who lost relatives in the Holocaust, I find them frankly odious, and Finkelstein should be praised rather than condemned for exposing them."
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The following quotes, from author Matthew Abraham, speak for themselves:

[Abraham, Matthew. 2011. THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE AND THE SUBVERSION OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM: DEPAUL’S DENIAL OF TENURE TO NORMAN G. FINKELSTEIN. Arab Studies Quarterly 33(3/4)179-203.]

“In his THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY: THE EXPLOITATION OF JEWISH SUFFERING, Finkelstein indicts those who would use the Holocaust to justify Israel’s treatment of Palestinians living under occupation, as well as those who would use Jewish suffering to extort money from European countries such as Germany and Switzerland under the cover of Holocaust reparations. In brief, Finkelstein argued that a lucrative extortion racket was being carried out in the name of needy Holocaust survivors, while in fact the money being generated was actually going to Jewish organizations such as the World Jewish Congress. Upon the publication of THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY, Finkelstein promptly lost his long-term instructor position of political science at Hunter College, City University of New York. Despite possessing an outstanding teaching record and three internationally recognized books to his credit at that time, he was let go under the pretext of a budgetary cut within the political science department.” (pp. 193-194).

“Despite the sound and the fury around his tenure denial, Finkelstein ultimately praised DePaul University upon reflecting on the unique set of pressures that eventuated in his unjust dismissal: ‘For the record, I did not begrudge DePaul’s decision to deny me tenure. It has always been my belief that no one except me should have to bear the costs of my political convictions. The sustained pressures exerted on a middle-tier Catholic institution vulnerable to charges of anti-Semitism would probably have proven intolerable.’” (p. 180).

“Since Finkelstein’s compelling indictments of American Zionism in books such as THE IMAGE AND REALITY OF THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT, THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY: THE EXPLOITATION OF JEWISH SUFFERING, AND BEYOND CHUTZPAH: THE MISUSE OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE ABUSE OF HISTORY could not be rebutted by serious counterarguments, his ideological nemeses resorted to attacking Finkelstein’s tone, writing style, and personality, effectively shifting the terms of the debate from the Israel-Palestine conflict to issues of civility and behavior.” (p. 191).

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HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY TARGETS POLAND—A 2017 UPDATE

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, COMBINED WITH FOR-PUBLIC-CONSUMPTION WHINING ABOUT POLISH NONCOMPLIANCE
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Is the Polish Government Getting Blackmailed? Bribed? Both?
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WARNING SIGNS…The Polish Government:
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1). Consistently fails to rebut the constant accusations against Poland, and to do so in the strongest terms.

2). Does not present a full disclosure of indemnification treaties.

3). Fails to unambiguously correct the legacy of the Warsaw properties “reprivatization” scandal, so that it does not serve as a “camel’s nose in the tent” for the Holocaust Industry.

4). Does not prepare an inventory of ongoing restitutions settled by courts and governmental organs and agencies.

5). Does not disclose, to the Polish nation and to the whole world, the true costs of the entire property-restitution process.

6). Does not adhere to the rulings of EU courts that allow for such restitutions to be carried out in accordance with the country’s budgetary standing and vital national interests.

7). Fails to correlate Holocaust-Industry claims with the following facts: that German occupiers were responsible for destruction/disposal and/or taking possession of the abandoned and confiscated properties; that Russian occupiers and their puppets in Poland changed the political and economic structure of the country; that Poland lost a huge chunk of its territories based on the Yalta betrayal, where a huge number of Jews had lived and thrived.

8). Most important of all: DOES NOT CORRELATE JEWISH RESTITUTION DEMANDS WITH LACK OF DISCHARGE OF POLISH POST-WWII CLAIMS AGAINST (AT LEAST) GERMANY, WHICH AMOUNTED, IN TODAY’S CURRENCY, TO WELL OVER $850 BILLION (NOT COUNTING ARTIFACTS AND OTHER CULTURAL ITEMS, ETC., STOLEN BY GERMANY).

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Now here is what is said for public consumption:

THE HOLOCAUST (SHOAH) IMMOVABLE PROPERTY RESTITUTION STUDY, written April 24, 2017, and located on the World Jewish Restitution Organization Website (wjro.org.il):

Extracts in Quotes:

PRIVATE PROPERTY RESTITUTION

“Other former Communist states of Eastern Europe have not yet fulfilled their Terezin Declaration [2009] obligations to enact immovable property legislation covering Holocaust-era property. Poland, with the largest Jewish population in prewar Europe of which ninety percent did not survive the war, is the prime example. Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina stand alone as the only countries that have failed to establish a comprehensive private property restitution regime for property taken either during the Holocaust or Communist eras, or one that addresses both types of takings.” (pp. 1-2).

[Bravo, Poland!]

COMMUNAL PROPERTY RESTITUTION
“Progress in some countries that passed laws to return communal property has been very slow. For example, in Poland, fewer than half of 5,550 Jewish communal property claims filed under the 1997 restitution law have been adjudicated.” (p. 2).
[Bravo, Poland!]

HEIRLESS PROPERTY RESTITUTION

“Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, POLAND, and Slovenia have not enacted heirless property legislation. Of note are the Baltic States and Poland, which had the highest percentage of deaths in its Jewish population in all of Europe, and correspondingly, likely the largest percentage of heirless property due to the number of deaths.” (Emphasis added) (p. 3).

[Bravo, Poland!]

HOLOCAUSTSPEAK IN ACTION. SPECIAL RIGHTS FOR JEWS? EX POST FACTO LAWS IN THE MAKING?

“A large obstacle is that, under the domestic law of most European countries, both Western and Eastern, heirless property reverts to the state. The Terezin Declaration [2009], recognizing the uniqueness of the Holocaust and the unprecedented scale of heirless property left following the mass murder of millions of people, recommends that heirless property should be allocated for the benefit of needy Holocaust survivors, commemoration of destroyed Jewish communities, and Holocaust education rather than simply escheating to the state. Unfortunately, this has not been implemented.” (p. 3).

[Bravo, Poland! And Stay Vigilant. And Get Transparent] Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland Tyszka Stanislaw Publication Date 2015 Publisher Indiana University Press Abstract In a time of national introspection regarding the country’s involvement in the persecution of Jews, Poland has begun to reimagine spaces of and for Jewishness in the Polish landscape, not as a form of nostalgia but as a way to encourage the pluralization of contemporary society. The essays in this book explore issues of the restoration, restitution, memorializing, and tourism that have brought present inhabitants into contact with initiatives to revive Jewish sites. They reveal that an emergent Jewish presence in both urban and rural landscapes exists in conflict and collaboration with other remembered minorities, engaging in complex negotiations with local, regional, national, and international groups and interests. With its emphasis on spaces and built environments, this volume illuminates the role of the material world in the complex encounter with the Jewish past in contemporary Poland.

Contents:

Introduction / Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng
1. “Oświęcim”/ “Auschwitz”: Archeology of a Mnemonic Battleground / Geneviève Zubrzycki
2. Restitution of Communal Property and the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland / Stanislaw Tyszka
3. Muranów as a Ruin: Layered Memories in Postwar Warsaw / Michael Meng
4. Stettin, Szczecin, and the “Third Space.” Urban nostalgia in the German/Polish/Jewish borderlands / Magdalena Waligórska
5. Rediscovering the Jewish Past in the Polish Provinces: The Socio-Economics of Nostalgia / Monika Murzyn-Kupisz
6. Amnesia, Nostalgia, and Reconstruction: Shifting Modes of Memory in Poland’s Jewish Spaces / Slawomir Kapralski
7. Jewish Heritage, Pluralism, and Milieux de Memoire: the case of Krakow’s Kazimierz / Erica Lehrer
8. The Ethnic Cleansing of the German-Polish-Jewish ‘Lodzermensch’ / Winson Chu
9. Stony Survivors: Images of Jewish Space on the Polish Landscape / Robert L. Cohn
10. Reading the Palimpsest / Konstanty Gebert
11. A Jew, a Cemetery, and a Polish Village: A Tale of the Restoration of Memory
Jonathan Webber
12. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews: A Post-War, Post-Holocaust, Post-Communist Story / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Epilogue: Jewish Spaces and their Future / Diana Pinto
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