I wonder how many people will be as outraged as many Polish and other Eastern European Americans will be at this news. I wonder if they will understand our outrage. Not just Poles. Lithuanians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodians…
We often ask this question: Why would a t-shirt with Hitler's image on it be abhorrent, but t-shirts with Mao or Che on them are socially acceptable?
Please ponder the double standard. Please consider the memories of people I know whose parents or grandparents were at home, living their day to day lives, when thugs came in the night, roughed them up, put them on cattle cars – and, for no crime other than their ethnicity, their Christian faith, their stamp collecting, that they wore glasses (yes Communists have prepared lists like this – "Arrest the stamp collectors. Arrest those who wear glasses") and sent them off into no-man's-land, where many died along the way. Only they weren't going to Auschwitz. They were going to places like Kolyma.
Please see Andrzej Wajda's Katyn. Please think of a person like Vasili Blokhin, a personal friend of Stalin, and the most prolific executioner in history, who, by his own hand, killed tens of thousands of human beings in the name of communism, including prisoners at Katyn.