September 19, 2019

The Germans, the Jews & the Poles

“Nearly 45 years after the end of World War II, the Germans, the Jews and the Poles – the perpetrators, the victims, and those who were both perpetrators and victims – find themselves at the battlefield once again. This time there are no fatalities, and not a single drop of blood is being spilled. It’s a different type of campaign, the campaign for shaping memory and presenting the “truth.”

Last year’s Polish “Holocaust Law,” which threatened to imprison anyone accusing the Polish people of collaborating with the Nazis, is nearly forgotten. Now another old dispute has arisen, and it focuses on a much more practical subject than the complex question of abetting Nazi murder.

Jewish property in Poland is on the agenda, or in other words: Grandpa’s house, which he lost when he fled his native land a minute before the gates closed, the store belonging to the uncle who was sent to the ghetto and camps but survived, or the summer home of the mother who was murdered at Auschwitz.”

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