…you are harping on one people as though they were somehow as though they were somehow to blame for the holocaust rather than the Nazis.
Eadwig, where have I ever suggested that the Polish people were to blame for the holocaust? You are over-arguing your case to the point of being ridiculous.
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.
…from what I have read these smaller scale attrocities generally took place in villages with the jews being attacked by their neighbours. Anti-semitism and pure criminality and theft seem to have been motivating factors.
The notion that Polish people weren’t aware of what was going on in the numerous nazi extermination camps simply doesn’t stand up. There were many Poles working in those camps and can you imagine that the stench of burning and decaying bodies could somehow be contained?
You say that the sources I have read have been somehow anti-Polish. I don’t think so. Here is one of them which is a balanced article:
From this article:
…many Poles helped their Jewish neighbors. Polish citizens make up the largest group of Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among Nations, a term used to describe non-Jews who risked death to help Jews during the Holocaust. However, other Poles murdered Jews. They participated in pogroms in places likeJedwabne, where Polish locals helped the Nazis round up and burn alive hundreds of Jews in 1941. Individual Polestortured or mistreated Jews during the war at death camps and as civilians, and others denounced their Jewish neighbors. Pogroms even continued after the war was over, as in Kielce, where 42 Jewish survivors of the war were beaten, shot and stoned by Poles. They were among thousands of Jews who found persecution instead of open arms when they returned home to Poland.
Poland was reduced to a terrible state by the war and only perhaps certain parts of Russia suffered worse. What we see is what is meant when we talk of the “dogs of war” being let loose. Social order breaks down and chaos reigns.
The statement that Poland is in denial about what happened in the war stems from the current government’s efforts to try to outlaw and suggestion of Polish complicity in the holocaust and since there was no Polish government this has been taken to include any examination of the complicity of some of the Polish citizens in what went on.
I hope I have been clear enough for you.
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