Desert Tale

Number 3, Volume 6

Stop Blaming Poland

Cemetery in Poland
Photo credit: John Sullivan

The law passed by the Polish parliament, that I hope President Duda will sign, may be considered far-reaching and might be misconstrued as impinging on free speech, but it will go a long way to silence people ignorant of the historical facts who are perpetuating dishonesty and lies by saying that Poland was complicit in the extermination of Polish Jews during WWII.

The concentration camps were erected by German military forces with guns on occupied Polish land.  Whereas, there may have been some anti-Semitism, as there was in many European countries, there is a big difference between religious and cultural disagreements and horrendous mass murders. Millions of Poles were also victims of the dreaded Nazis who killed them in these camps.

My grandmother was ejected from her house at gunpoint in Poland in 1939, and her son, my Uncle Kazek, was taken as a slave to work for the Nazis whom he despised, and he took great pleasure in peeing in their milk every morning when they threw cold water on him to awaken him to milk the cows.  Yes, my family were also victims, and the photos my father left me don’t lie.

Jews were welcomed to Poland in 1264 by King Boleslav, who invited them because they could read and write which would help develop his country economically.  He granted a charter protecting the Jews, who became the middlemen in this feudal economic structure.  He gave them rights and privileges and they flourished when the rest of Europe refused to accept them.
This was where millions of them lived and prospered for years – until the Nazis arrived to destroy Poland.

Moshe Arens wrote a very comprehensive and truthful report about why no blame should be placed on Poland during the Holocaust.

My father gave his life to eradicate Europe of the Nazi scum.  I have photos of my mother and father’s sad faces upon learning that Britain and Russia would not support and send guns to the underground to help the Poles during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943.

As the daughter of a Polish tank commander, fighting under the great General Maczek, at the Battle of the Falaise Gap, France, I have no choice but to defend the good name and dignity of Poland.  The extermination camps on occupied Polish soil were German, not Polish.  And anyone who says they are has to suffer the consequence for spreading libelous information. They should also be made to visit the Polish Military Cemetery at Grainville-Langannerie, France,
to see the Stars of David accompanying the Christian crosses as Jews and Catholics lie side by side in their graves having both tried to defeat the Nazis.

I talk more about this subject in my book:  As Long As We Still Live, (Kiedy My Zyjemy) to be published this spring.

Alinka Zyrmont