Nasz Dziennik published an article alleging that in New Jersey students learn that Poles are complicit in the Holocaust. Of course Poles and Polonians are getting all upset.
There is one scholarly book that addresses this stereotype of Poles as the world's worst anti-Semites. That book is "Bieganski."
Polonia has not significantly supported the book. It is not used in courses, as far as I know. It has received few Amazon reviews and I regularly receive emails from Polonians telling me they don't want to buy it because they don't like the spend that much money on books, so why can't I give them a copy for free?
I received one only invite from a Polish organization to talk about the book. I received more invitations from Jewish groups.
I've repeatedly contacted Polish organizations and offered to speak. I've contacted the Kosciuszko Foundation. I get no replies.
In short, there is a scholarly book that helps to explain and deconstruct the very stereotype that so troubles Poles and Polonians, and Poles and Polonians don't support that book, and get caught with their pants down and their hair on fire every time one of these scandals erupts.
Frank Milewski responded to New Jersey educators. Does he mention the one scholarly book on the topic, a book that might help New Jersey educators to understand Polonia's position as something other than chauvinism? No, Mr. Milewski does not.
A Polish publisher wants to publish "Bieganski" in Poland. He can't because he can't put together the few thousand dollars he would need for translation.
Polonia, yes, people do associate you with Holocaust guilt. There's a book that addresses that. Read it. It might help.
You can read about the latest of many similar kerfluffles here in Polish and here in English.
You will see Polonians going around and around, saying the same things they've said a million times, and making zero progress. God forbid they should study something, come to understand it better, and better equip themselves to fight it.
And you can read more about how Polonia consistently shoots itself in the foot on these issues here.
Dear Polish American Congress,
I understand that the state of New Jersey is teaching that Poles are complicit in the Holocaust and that you are upset by that.
It may interest you to know that there is a prize-winning, scholarly book that addresses that very stereotype.
I am the book's author. I live in New Jersey. I am a teacher.
Why don't you make better use of the resources available to you, including my book and Polish American authors like me, John Guzlowski, Terese Pencak Schwartz and others who would be more than happy to have the opportunity to educate the public and refute stereotypes, if we received any support at all from Polonia?
Why don't you at the very least read "Bieganski" so that you can respond in an informed, sophisticated way to stereotyping?