Do Not Blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust

Block 11 in Auschwitz

Nearly 20,000 Poles were executed in front of this wall near Block 11 in Auschwitz by a single shot in the back of the head. Photo by author, 2013.

Do not blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust. It’s untrue, wrong and akin to hate speech. I struggle to comprehend the vehemence of so many people to blame Poland for the Holocaust and for concentration camps built in occupied Poland by Germany. Clearly, a review of Polish history is in order. Think of Henry Zguda, and thousands like him, who were beaten, starved, or worse, in German concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Then imagine someone telling Henry Zguda to his face he hadn’t suffered as much as others, and most of Poland collaborated with the Germans. That Poland should pay for its role in the Holocaust. It happened. And he never forgot it. Such is the seemingly worldwide insistence and conviction to blame Poland for the Holocaust, including the government of Israel. Consider the following.

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Passover greetings to my Jewish friends. Chag Sameach!

Happy Passover greeting 2017

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Passover greetings to my Jewish friends and may you have a blessed Seder feast. The Jewish Passover celebrates the time God brought the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus in the Torah and the Christian Old Testament. The theme of release from slavery and the pursuit of freedom remains universal, poignant, and more timely than ever.  Continue reading

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27

Logo of the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Outreach program

Credit – United Nations.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. In 2005 the United Nations designated January 27 as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen in honor of the day Auschwitz was liberated by the Russians. The UN designated the theme for 2017 as “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future.” Given a current rise of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in Europe and close to home, the subject is extremely timely.

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Happy Mother’s Day to Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler, Polish heroine, 1942

Photo taken 1942. Public Domain.

Happy Mother’s Day to Irena Sendler, a Catholic Pole, who smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto, from 1939-1943. She was assisted by about two dozen other members of Zegota, the Polish underground, but she alone knew the identities and locations of each child. When arrested and tortured by the Germans, she never revealed a single name. She barely escaped execution by firing squad, when members of Zegota bribed a German guard at the last minute. She passed away on May 12, 2008, at the age of 98. Continue reading