I wouldn’t say I was particularly fond of Poland at all. If I was, it wouldn’t stop me pointing out that you are harping on one people as though they were somehow to blame for the holocaust rather than the Nazis. As is the press you are reading.
You’re dancing to someone else’s beat and you can’t even see it. At the same time you’re playing into the hands of a potentilly dangerous nationalist government, which I will always speak out against wherever it is.
I already gave examples of how Poland, like many other countries, was anti-semitic. No question of an “undercurrent”. In the 1930s there were still laws restricting the activities of jews in certain ways. Just like there had been in Britain up until a few decades earlier, although the British antisemitic laws were much more stringent. Why aren’t you talking about those?
If you want to know about ethnic Germans throwing off their Polish citizenship and joining in the ethnic cleansing I can start you off with “Hitler, A Biography”, Ian Kershaw. My next non-fiction book is Case White, I expect I shall learn more, because I’d never heard of this short-lived, but massive orgy of murder of Poles before either, out-pacing the SS death groups by magnitudes, and they had already trained and practiced in Czechoslovakia. In Poland the leash was taken off completely when Poles and Jews were classed as sub-human and slaughtered equally.
Was it really? There were outbreaks of mass-murder against many groups by many groups. The more I read the less I’m sure it can be generally labelled antisemitic, especially as no jews were involved in the vast majority of civillian-only incidents. Perhaps they just mistook each other?
I was shocked that groups of jews were killed post war in Poland and elsewhere in Europe when I first found out too. That’s because of what we now know. The chances are the homeless displaced persons committing such atrocities probably weren’t even aware of the scale of the holocaust beyond their own experience of it.
You are viewing history and war from a very comfortable stand-point and making judgements.
It reminds me of Corbyn accusing Britain of sabre rattling when it sent a few hundred troops to Poland, when Russia masses over 100,000 on the Belarussian border every year. Do you know what? That feels VERY different when you’re just the other side of that border and the same army has just annexed half of another neighbouring country and the refugees can be seen on every street corner in town.
So, yes, I suppose my visits to Poland do give me a different perspective. Perhaps you should try it? Stick a pin in the map of Europe, look up antisemitism wherever it lands and then travel there. You wont be short of stories.