Methinks that the Ambassador of Poland, Witold Sobków, protests a little too much regarding the placing and naming of the Auschwitz death camps (January 28).
Many nationalities, including Russians and Poles, died in these camps along with Jews.
However, following the German retreat from Poland in WW11, Poland’s record regarding its treatment of Jews, especially that of the Jewish survivors of the holocaust, leaves a lot to be desired.
It was dismal, inhuman, cowardly, unforgivable and is a shameful blot on the reputation of the Polish people. According to detailed statistics published by Yad Vasham/The International School for Holocaust Studies, between September 1944 and September 1946, 327 Jews were brutally murdered by gentile Poles all over Poland, including the Kielce pogrom in July 1946 where 51 Jews were murdered in a most appalling manner by Poles in plain sight over a few hours.
Writing about this incident, in the Jewish Virtual Library, Bozena Szaynok says that such panic ensued among the surviving Jews in Poland that upwards of 30,000 Jews fled Poland in July and August 1946.
David Cesarani, in his book Final Solution, says that the figure of fleeing Jews, following the July 1946 Polish atrocity against Polish Jews, was 100,000 over four months.
It would appear that Poland’s hands are not clean regarding the Armenians, as well as Jews, because the Polish Legion, Legiony Polskie, fought alongside Turkey and Germany in Galicia in WW1.
I understand that Poland’s national army derived its origins from the Polish Legion.
Micheal O’Cathail, Fermanagh