- Assistance to the Jews in Poland by Tatiana Berenstein – Published 1963. Edition Language: English.
Individual AND Collective Polish Aid to Jews. The Myth of Poles Subsuming Jewish Deaths as „Polish Citizen Losses”. No Betrayers Needed By Germans to Find Fugitive Jews
This book, published in 1963, describes the Nazi German persecution of the Jews in some detail. It adds to the refutation of the curious claim that books published during that time just lumped Poles and Jews together as “Polish citizens” or “victims of fascism”, or, worse yet, had tried to erase the memory of the Jews’ Holocaust from Polish public consciousness.
POLISH RESCUERS OF JEWS WERE NOT JUST ALTRUISTIC INDIVIDUALS ACTING ALONE. NOR WERE POLISH RESCUERS ASHAMED TO BE KNOWN, AMONG POLES, FOR THEIR RESCUE EFFORTS
Individual and corporate help to Jews, notably by ZEGOTA, are featured. ENTIRE VILLAGES that systematically aided Jews included Kretowce, Osiny, Woronowka, Kosciejow, Kulikow, and Bar (Lwow County). (p. 45). [There are many more examples of entire Polish villages conspiring to hide the Jews amongst them. See my review of: Chodakiewicz: GOLDEN HARVEST OR HEARTS OF GOLD].
THE GERMANS WERE PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF FINDING FUGITIVE JEWS WITHOUT LOCAL DENOUNCERS OR COLLABORATORS
The draconian German actions, used to intimidate the Polish population against the aiding fugitive Jews, are recounted. This included massive searches: “For example, on Good Friday, April 7, 1944, the Nazi authorities carried out a huge hunt in Zoliborz in Warsaw. A cordon of troops was thrown around the selected area, and the police went in and searched each house thoroughly from cellar to attic for Jews in hiding, caches of weapons, etc. In the course of this raid, in which a total of 3,000 soldiers and police were deployed and which lasted from 4 A. M. to 9 A. M., 250 persons were arrested…” (p. 43).
NOT ONLY LEFTIST POLES RESCUED JEWS
Although this book, not surprisingly, has a pro-Communist slant, it does show a measure of fairness to the facts: “The PPS [Polish Socialist Party] right-wing faction, Freedom—Equality—Independence (PPS—WRN), appealed on September 28, 1942 for assistance to Jews who had escaped from the Ghetto stressing that ‘this is an obligation stronger than death.’”
- Source: GoodReads.com , December 8, 2018
Published with the author’s permission.
Title image: „Assistance To The Jews In Poland” by Tatiana Berensein and Adam Rutkowski. Source: Tezeusz.pl, part of the cover / selected by wg.pco