The Nazi German Occupation of Poland as It Really Was: A Brilliant and Long-Overdue Scholarly Expose of the Falsehoods of Grabowski, Engelking, and Other Media-Touted Poland-Bashing “Authorities”
A CORRECTION TO THE NARRATIVE? is the title of this research work. It systematically examines and deconstructs the accusatory memes of Barbara Engelking and her DALEJ JEST NOC (THE NIGHT CONTINUES), and Jan Grabowski and his JUDENJAGD (HUNT FOR THE JEWS). I focus on a few salient issues.
POLES WERE NOT “SPECTATORS” OR “BYSTANDERS”: POLES AND JEWS ALIKE WERE UNDER A BRUTAL NAZI GERMAN OCCUPATION
The average westerner who reads Grabowski or Engelking gets no inkling of the fact that a Jew who fled the ghetto, for the Polish countryside, continued to function in a world of unmitigated German terror, and that this terror was faced by the Pole as well as the Jew. (p. 18). For instance, a Pole faced the German-imposed death penalty not only for the slightest assistance to the fugitive Jew, but even for failure to report the presence of a fugitive Jew in the area! (p. 23).
[Author Domanski could have taken this further. Thanks to decades of Holocaust supremacism, the average westerner thinks only of the lot of the Jews, and has a very difficult time fully grasping the fact that Poles were also victims of Nazi Germany, even when he/she has been informed of this. Various Orwellian Holocaustspeak memes (e. g., the Polish bystander, the Polish spectator) implicitly negate the victimhood of the Poles, and contribute to this problem. The unsuspecting average westerner is led to suppose that Poles led essentially normal lives under the German occupation, and that only Jews were in a desperate struggle for survival.]
DO NOT CONFUSE COMPELLED POLISH SERVICE, TO THE GERMAN OVERLORDS, WITH JEW-KILLING NAZI COLLABORATION
In the usual Polonophobic Holocaust lore, one almost gets the picture of a bunch of jolly young Polish men going around telling the Germans how they would love to be of assistance in the killing of Jews. That’s basically where we are today.
Tomasz Domanski does not mince words as he shows us how Jan Grabowski’s portrayal of the Polish Blue Police (POLICJA GRANATOWA) has, in Domanski’s words, “little in common with reality”. (p. 10). That’s putting it mildly. Let us elaborate.
The POLICJA GRANATOWA was a German-conscripted version of the prewar Polish police. Failure to report for duty meant severe punishment. (p. 10). The internal leadership of the POLICJA GRANATOWA had been gutted, and the Germans were the ones that gave all the commands. The Germans used the POLICJA GRANATOWA for anti-Jewish acts, but it is conveniently forgotten, by the Holocaust establishment and the media, that the Germans also used the POLICJA GRANATOWA for anti-Polish acts.
Now consider the BAUDIENST—the German-made construction battalions, also used by the Germans for anti-Jewish acts. Again, membership was not voluntary. Poles were compelled to be in the BAUDIENST (p. 13), and the Germans commonly murdered any Pole who deserted. (p. 14).
The same considerations apply to the volunteer firefighting brigades, also commandeered by the Germans at times for the persecution of Jews. The Germans had militarized them long ago. (pp. 15-16). A Pole who disobeyed the German authorities was given the same punishment as a saboteur. (p. 16).
Now consider the WOJT and the SOLTYSZ (village mayors). Jan Grabowski would have us suppose that their involvement in the JUDENJAGD was voluntary. It was not. The Polish village mayors were part of the German-directed lower-level administration. They were under tight German control, and were forced to form a network that dealt with the presence of fugitive Jews in the Polish countryside. (p. 17).
[Domanski does not go far enough. He could have pointed out that the German retention of part of the lower-level Polish administration had nothing to do with any German hope that Poles would collaborate. It had everything to do with the fact that the German conquerors of Poland lacked the manpower to directly rule over the Poles down to the lowest level of government.]
DO NOT CONFUSE VOLKSDEUTSCHE (POLISH-SPEAKING GERMANS) WITH ETHNIC POLES
The Zloczow “Poles” accused of helping the Germans in their crimes against Jews, as part of the KRIPO [KRIMINALPOLIZEI] were likely VOLKSDEUTSCHE, not ethnic Poles. (p. 31). Domanski could have added that ethnic Poles were not admitted into the ranks of the KRIPO, even if for some bizarre reason they wanted in.
POLES STEALING FROM JEWS? NO. POLES STEALING FROM THE THIRD REICH AND POLES STEALING FROM OTHER POLES
The meme of the greedy and (what else?) anti-Semitic villainous Catholic Pole helping himself to Jewish property, with its obvious Poles-owe-Jews undercurrent as per the Holocaust Industry, was popularized by post-Stalinist Jan T. Gross, especially in his GOLDEN HARVEST. Scholar Tomasz Domanski takes up this oft-repeated subject.
He once again reminds us that this was a brutal, de-moralizing wartime situation, extending to the breakdown of normal norms of moral behavior, including the emergence of widespread stealing. (p. 21). He also informs us that Poles also stole from other Poles (p. 21) [and Jews stole from other Jews], but the media has no interest in any of that. The media is only interested that Poles stole from Jews.
Perhaps ironically, Poles did not steal from Jews. The post-Jewish properties of the German-deported and German-murdered Jews were now the property of the Third Reich, lock, stock, and barrel. (p. 21). So Poles, under German occupation, were merely taking back a little of what the Germans had stolen from others (Poles as well as Jews).
COUNTLESS DISTORTIONS AND OMISSIONS OF GRABOWSKI AND ENGELKING
This book is dense with technical detail. It shows the many ways that Grabowski and Engelking falsify history as part of their Poles-are-horrible storytelling. Owing to the fact that there are so many accusations debunked by Domanski, and most readers are probably not interested in wading through innumerable technical details, I consider one example—that of the Nazi German liquidation of the Jews of Stoczk. (p. 41). Grabowski writes that a Pole, Tomasz F., raped a 16 year-old Jewish girl. There is only one little problem: Tomasz F. was cleared of this charge. (p. 41). Grabowski conveniently does not mention this.
For the longest time, Polish governmental and educational institutions have scrupulously avoided responding to Jewish accusations against Poland. This has led some Poles to suspect that Jews are the real rulers of Poland.
This work of the IPN (INSTYTUT PAMIECI NARODOWEJ) is an exception, albeit an exotically-rare one. Not surprisingly, certain Jewish groups have already started complaining that the IPN has become “politicized” at the hands of Poland’s (leftist-demonized) PiS government. And no wonder. The IPN no longer unilaterally promotes the standard Holocaust narrative quite the way it used to.
Tomasz Domanski has performed an invaluable work. But will the lies about Poland stop? Not a chance. The same lies will continue to be repeated, just as if nothing had happened [remember Jerzy Kosinski Lewinkopf and his PAINTED BIRD?] New lies will join the old ones. That, unfortunately, is part and parcel of the standard Holocaust narrative, which saturates much of Western thinking, and which serves various geopolitical agendas, one of which is anti-Polonism.
Published with the author’s permission.