I understand your fondness for Poland given your relationship and the amount of time you spend there. Me too, in relation to France. But we need to face the truth. In my discussion I am trying to be balanced in terms of what happened in both countries. Just as there were French fascist sympathisers, so too there were Polish fascist sympathisers. Some of these were willing and some less so. I understand that the ethnic mix of Poles but in the end German ethnic Poles were Polish civilians. I have read quote a bit about wartime Poland over the last couple of weeks and it is clear that both during the war and immediately after the war that there were outbreaks of ant-semitic mass murder. Nowhere have I read that these were ethnic Germans who committed these attrocities. I think that we have to face it that there has been an undercurrent in Polish society that is anti-semitic that have been ready to commit these crimes. I don’t buy the argument that those involved were coerced into those actions. Much more likely is that there were numbers of willing collaborators. “They made me do it” is the oldest excuse in the books.
There has been quite a lot of press comment about Poland being in a state of denial about the actions of SOME of its civilians during the war. This is not something that I have made up. What is clear is that the current right wing Polish government does not want any examination of this. It cannot be the case that their only objection is that people might believe that it was the Polish government created the extermination camps since the well understood historical fact is that there was no Polish government during the German occupation.
All the best,
Frog in a tree