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jan peczkis|Sunday, August 28, 2011

This short book was clearly written by a Communist or Communist sympathizer. Standard Communist rhetoric is used (e. g., those in opposition to the New Order in Poland are reactionaries, fascists, wealthy landowners, etc.), the prewar Polish government is bad-mouthed as one consisting of dictators, and General Wladyslaw Anders is viciously slandered. The author presents a rosy view of the new government, and writes favorably of his interviews with the likes of Bierut and Minc. Of course, this work was written before the sham elections of January 1947, which ended the "provisional government" and officially brought the Communists to power.


Perhaps the most laughable statements that Brant makes are the following: "The Polish government does not consist of Russian stooges, but of men of varying ability all devoted intensely to the welfare of Poland. By a strange anomaly, its most competent ministers are Communists (Gomulka and Minc being tops among them), while the Communist Party is weak and unpopular." (p. 115). A very strange anomaly indeed! Brant all but denies the fact that dissenters are sent to Siberia (p. 31) or otherwise persecuted. (pp. 109-110).

The author estimates that 80,000 Jews survived the Nazi-German occupation of Poland and that 140,000 are returning from the USSR. (p. 39). His figures are higher than some estimates of the former but lower than some estimates of the latter. Brant remarks: "To these Jews, Poland is one vast cemetery of their people in which, moreover, every formal burial place of their own dead has been desecrated by the Germans. The Nazis used Jewish gravestones for building material, dug up corpses' skeletons to break gold teeth out of the heads and turn the bones over to industry." (p. 39). How many grave-desecrations, blamed on Poles, were actually the work of Germans?

Brant wrote this book before the Kielce Pogrom (July 1946), as he does not mention it, and writes: "No anti-Semitic outbreaks have been reported in Poland since August, 1945." (p. 37). Interestingly, he claims that 9 out of 10 Jews in Poland want to emigrate to Palestine. (p. 41). [The State of Israel was then still in the future.]. If accurate, it indicates that the bulk of Poland's Jews wanted to leave Poland almost immediately after WWII--long before 1968 and even 1946 (Kielce Pogrom).

The author includes the following things in his explanation for the persistence of anti-Semitism in Poland: "...(3) Disappointment that not all the Jews are gone; (4). The instinctive desire of many Poles to retain business formerly conducted by Jews or keep possession of properties entrusted to them six years ago by Jews who later were supposed dead but are turning up in large numbers." (p. 35). It is interesting (even fascinating) to see how this Communist propaganda has been dusted-off and re-used, in recent years, by the Holocaust Industry and the likes of Jan T. Gross in his FEAR and GOLDEN HARVESTS!

The eventual Kielce Pogrom was and is blamed on Poles' alleged belief in the blood libel. Interestingly, exactly the same explanation had earlier come in handy for the 1945 Krakow Pogrom! (pp. 36-37).

Normally, the Communist militia [U. B., or Bezpieka] was ready to crack down on the smallest manifestation of independent Polish conduct. Therefore, the hands-off behavior of the militia, for many hours, during the eventual Kielce Pogrom, stands as a major evidence of deliberate Communist staging. It is therefore eye-opening to note that EXACTLY THE SAME thing happened during the earlier Krakow Pogrom, as related by Brant: "Anti-Semitic riots in Krakow in August, 1945, went unchecked, the militia disregarding government orders, until stopped by the Red Army, whose garrison in that city is by no means angelic." (p. 36).
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