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Such a Beautiful Sunny Day... - Jews Seeking Refuge in the Polish Countryside, 1942-1945;Much About Nothing (Normal Wartime Behavior). Self-Refuting. Same Oft-Quoted Voodoo Numbers

jan peczkis|Saturday, June 10, 2017

Baias.. Baias....In every war, some members of the population act in a dishonorable manner. This is nothing new. It is also very easy for those who have never been through a war to moralize about the conduct of those who did.

For technical details on this book, please click on, and read my detailed English-language review of the Polish edition, Jest taki piekny sloneczny dzien. This new English-language version is no better. It repeats the same selectively-chosen archived anecdotes, and then jumps into fantastic made-up numbers.


Choiceless choices must be factored, and any attempt to paint a picture, of the bad-guy Catholic Pole, falls apart solely by the information that Engelking sometimes mentions. This includes denunciations and killings of fugitive Jews caused by:

Jewish robberies of Poles (144-149, 177, 179; See especially p. 149).

Admittedly-valid Polish fears of impending, murderous German reprisals (p. 120).

Admittedly-valid Polish need of being paid for the housing of fugitive Jews (pp. 111-113; See especially p. 117).

Admittedly-valid reaction to Jewish blackmailing of Polish rescuers (p. 123).

The admittedly-needed German reward of a bag of sugar--an essential for infants, small children, and the sick. (p. 221).

Admitted killings by “Polish guerrillas” actually the deeds of bandits (pp. 288-289).


The denunciations of fugitive Jews must be put in wartime context. The onerous German occupation of Poland had bred a culture of snitching against others. Neighbors tattled on each other, to the Nazi German authorities, about almost anything. One Jewish testimony, that of Michal Zellner, quoted by Engelking, makes this quite obvious, “‘I came to the conclusion that we wouldn’t be able to survive in the countryside, because the cunning peasants betrayed their neighbors and informed about the slightest misconduct (such as slaughtered pigs or cattle without the authorities’ permission), which caused various searches in the huts, which also increased the danger.’” (p. 227).


As with her Polish-language version, Barbara Engelking's figures, for fugitive Jews purportedly killed by Poles, and allegedly based on archival information, falls short of 5,000. (pp. 17-18, 318-319). This is unimpressive.

But why let facts get in the way? Something much more inflammatory is need for propaganda purposes, and we get it. Neo-Stalinists Barbara Engelking, Jan T. Gross, and Jan Grabowski, now tell us that on the order of 120,000-200,000 fugitive Jews did not survive the German occupation. (pp. 165-166). To arrive at this fantasy, they all arbitrarily assume that an unbelievably-high 10% of Poland's Jews fled the ghettos, and lived among Poles. (p. 165). THEIR BLUFF HAS BEEN CALLED A LONG TIME AGO. Though repeatedly challenged to provide scholarly facts to back up the 10% figure, they have yet to do so. This speaks volumes about the veracity of their claims.

Now, back to the actual hard evidence. The minuscule archive-based 5,000 figure, quoted by Engelking, is incomplete. It is inflated by hearsay and duplicate accounts. In any case, it is a long, long way off from 120,000 or Jan Grabowski's equally-mythical 200,000. Then again, if the later makes for a more sensational tale of the Polish-Catholic villain and innocent-victim Jew, why not? That is what the mystification of the Holocaust is all about. If the Holocaust Industry comes into play, then so much the better.

Finally, Barbara Engelking finally gives away the store when she repeatedly admits that there is no way of even estimating how many fugitive Jews were delivered to death by Poles. (p. 166, 175). CASE CLOSED.
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