Sadly, many American journalists and policymakers are not aware of the extent of suffering of ethnic Poles during the Second World War. More than this, some of them twist the German perpetrators with the Polish victims in an attempt to grab the readers attention and to influence U.S. legislators.
The recent example of the historical illiteracy and ignorance, or a purposeful action, is a story published on April 3, 2018, by the Washington magazine Weekly Standard belonging to the Clarity Media Group (owner of The Washington Examiner and The Gazette). The magazine wrote:
In Poland, a new law makes it illegal to suggest publicly that “the Polish Nation” was in any way complicit in Nazi crimes: this although Polish Jews were rounded up and sent to death camps in the 1930s with the help of a sizeable number of Polish elites.
In fact, there were no “death camps” and no “concentration camps” in Poland in the 1930s, but there were many concentration camps in the German Third Reich in that time. The Germans began the systematic mass extermination of Jews in 1941, first by mobile killing squads and then by setting death camps in Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibór or Bełżec.
The “Polish elites” did not round up Jews but were themselves targeted for extermination by the Germans (executions in German concentration camps, Aktion A-B, the mass murder of professors from the Jagiellonian University, mass killings at sites such as Palmiry or Skwilno, extermination of the Polish clergy in the German concentration camp Dachau etc.). The Polish elites were also targeted by the Soviets, e.g. in Katyn forests.
For this reason, we scanned the book (without illustrations) “The German New Order In Poland”. It is a well-documented work which addresses the German rule over Poland from September 1939 through the end of June 1941 showing the scale and brutality inflicted on Poles and our country. It was published for the Polish Ministry of Information by Hutchinson & Co. Publishers Ltd. in London in 1942.
This book is the second volume of a publication known as the Black Book, from the black record of German barbarism, based on documents, which it contains. The first volume dealt with The German Invasion of Poland, i.e., the events of September 1939. The second volume deals with The German New Order in Poland, from September 1939 to the end of June 1941, i.e., the period during which Germany occupied the Western part of Poland and the Soviets occupied the Eastern part.
The book shows in gloomy statistics the scale of destruction to Warsaw, bombing civilians targets, mass executions of civilians, POWs, systematic cultural genocide on the Poles, the war on Polish religion, mass murder of Poland’s intelligentsia, targeting Polish culture with the destruction of the statues of Polish heroes, confiscation and destruction of library materials, works of art, museums, archives, scientific equipment and much more.
The Polish Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief, General Sikorski, said on his arrival in America in April 1941: “I am not the representative of a suffering Poland, but I am the representative of a fighting Poland.”
The American Poles also represent a fighting Poland. We won’t accept comments on Polish history which are utterly ignorant, offensive and deliberately misleading. We will ensure that the decisions made by the U.S. Congress regarding Poland are based on facts and historical truth and that they respect the dignity and interests of Poles.
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The image at the top: The German battleship Schleswig-Holstein bombards Polish Westerplatte on September 13, 1939. Source: Wikipedia.