Grabowski’s Fraudulent “Analysis” of the Polish Blue Police (Policja Granatowa).
Na Niemieckim Posterunku: Czyli Uwagi na Marginesie Nowej Ksiazki Jana Grabowskiego, by Piotr Gontarczyk. 2020.
History or Propaganda? Jan Grabowski’s Falsifications of Historical Sources
AT THE GERMAN POLICE STATION is the title of this scholarly article, published in SIECI 23/2020 (390) 66-69. It is a review of Grabowski’s new book on the Polish Blue Police, Na Posterunku.
OUTRIGHT BLAMING OF THE POLISH POLICE FOR GERMAN CRIMES
Jan Grabowski writes that Polish Blue policeman Wincent Kolodziej shot and wounded a Jew, Goldstein, and the Germans finished Goldstein off. The accuser was a U. B (Bezpieka) Communist functionary that used torture to force confessions from witnesses. Even so, eyewitnesses report that the German gendarmes did all the shooting of Goldstein. Kolodziejski was found innocent. (p. 66).
In another manipulation, Grabowski cites Abraham Langner, who accuses the Polish police of murdering up to 2,000 Jews of Dzialoszyce. There is one problem: All the other testimonies, covering 75 years now, unambiguously point fingers at the Germans as the culprits. (p. 67).
LEAVING THE GERMANS OUT TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A POLISH CRIME
Grabowski wants to convince us that the Blue Police acted freely on its own. One example of this is the killing of Jews at Nowy Wisznicz by a group of Blue Police: Isaiah Fragner, his wife, and his sister Marie Wiedelman. The original source tells a different story: The Germans were present, and were in command of the Polish Police unit. Grabowski conveniently ignores mention of the Germans. (p. 67).
BLAMING THE POLISH BLUE POLICE FOR THE CRIMES OF THE JEWISH GHETTO POLICE
At Bochnia in 1943, the Jewish ghetto police rousted all the Jews out of their hiding places, robbed them, and turned them over to the Germans. In Dalej Jest Noc, the Polish police magically takes the place of the Jewish ghetto police. (p. 67).
Grabowski, caught in his lie, did the only thing he could do: He resorted to name-calling, calling Gontarczyk a nationalist. (p. 68). [That is pretty standard for those that challenge the prevailing Judeocentric narrative. Since it is name-calling time, what do we call Grabowski? A Judaizer?]
POLISH “VOLUNTEERS” IN THE HOLOCAUST?
For decades, the Centrum Badan Nad Zaglada Zydow has vainly been trying to transform the Polish firemen into “volunteers in the Holocaust.” Finally, Alina Skibinski “succeeded”. She wrote, in Dalej Jest Noc, that firefighter Tomasz Jaminski was involved in the robbery and the uncovering of fugitive Jews. Jaminski pointed out that he was under German duress, and disobedience would mean being sent to Majdanek. The court recognized the fact that the presence of the German gendarmes actualized the German threat in the event of disobedience, and reduced Jaminski’s sentence. The accusation of robbery did not even make it before the court. (p. 68).
Skibinska pointed out that Tomasz Jaminski voluntarily took the place of his son. This voluntary act was transformed, by Skibinska, into voluntary acts in the Holocaust. (p. 68). I cannot make this stuff up.
AND NOW THE BIG BAD POLES GET TO BURN THE JEWS
Grabowski, in Na Posterunku, accuses the Polish firemen of helping the Germans torch the Jew-filled buildings at Wegrow in 1943. There is the problem of credible witnesses making accusations against the firemen. The accusers include Jews bearing obvious trauma over the events, the criminal element, and Communists seeking to keep the Police in check. (p. 66).
The original source says something quite different: When the German gendarmes set fire to the Jew-filled buildings, the Polish firemen poured water on the flames and removed the endangered Jews. (p. 68).
The Germans called the Policja Granatowa the Polnische Polizei. It was anything but. It was a tool of the Nazi German occupation of Poland. (p. 66). The Blue Police, like the firemen, were completely subordinate to the Germans, and were used for various duties, against Poles as well as Jews. This includes the lapanki (grabbings of Poles, as for forced labor in Nazi Germany), which the Polish policemen and firemen were in no position to disobey. (p. 68).
Gontarczyk does not say that the Polish Blue Police never killed fugitive Jews. Among the Police there were individual blackmailers and looters that acted against Jews. (p. 66). But this should not be generalized to the entire Police. Grabowski is prone to cherry-pick incidents, which he then uses to “prove” that the Blue Police, as a whole, persecuted the Jews. (p. 67).
In fact, Grabowski gives free reign to his imagination. He writes of the POLICJA GRANATOWA killing tens of thousands of Jews, and then, evidently not satisfied with his fabrication, embellishes it further to hundreds of thousands of Jews. (p. 69).
To top it all off, Grabowski and Engelking call on Poles to “admit fault”. Really. Sounds like the PEDAGOGIKA WSTYDU card is being played yet again.
Published with the author’s permission.
The title image: Warsaw during World War II: Policeman in Aleje Ujazdowski near Na Rozdrożu Square. November 1939. Source: comons.wikipedia.com / Selected by wg.pco