According to a well-worn Polonophobic story going around, Poles, in the first few decades after WWII, tried to ignore the fact that most of the victims of Auschwitz were Jews—and did so by deliberate omission or by disguising Jewish deaths as Polish deaths. This book, written in 1965, is yet another refutation of that ridiculous canard.
This book prominently discusses the first few years of Nazi rule in Germany, and how Jews were singled out for persecution in accordance with the Nuremberg Laws. (pp. 7-8). When elaborating on the various peoples who perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau, it explicitly identifies Jews as Jews. (pp. 18-19, 24, 88).
In addition, it is untrue that mention of various nations somehow is some kind of underhanded effort to hide the fact that the arrivals were Jews. When mentioning arrivals from Greece, author Smolen mentions that the victims were Jews. (p. 19).
We are conscious today that many, many centuries of blindness have cloaked our eyes so that we can no longer see the beauty of Thy chosen people nor recognise in their faces the features of our privileged brethren. We realize that the mark of Cain stands upon our foreheads. Across the centuries our brother Abel has lain in blood which we drew, or shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us for the curse we falsely attached to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying Thee a second time in their flesh. For we know not what we did.”
Here is Pope Joh Paul II on the Holocaust.
„I assure the Jewish people the Catholic Church … is deeply saddened by the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place,” he added that there were „no words strong enough to deplore the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust.”
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.
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)?
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):
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.)
AT NO TIME DID POLISH FILMOGRAPHY FORGET THE JEWS AND THEIR FATE!
Source: Amazon – Customer Review, June 7, 2014.