A group calling itself the Polish Anti-Defamation League is now demanding that the feature film "Ida" be accompanied by explanatory text that they demand. The text will offer their view of World War II in Poland.
You can read more about this misguided effort here.
This effort is pathetic and chances are it will produce no positive outcome. It makes the Poles involved look unsophisticated.
Feature films are feature films. They are a different experience than polemical pamphlets.
Few people will ever see "Ida," and those who do see it probably already have their own view of World War II.
The film itself is not pro-Polish or anti-Polish. It makes no pretense of offering a comprehensive, non-fiction summation of World War II in Poland.
Too, if the Poles involved want different stories to be told, they should tell them, and they should support those who are telling them.
I am a Polish-American writer and many of the people I know through Facebook are Polish-American or Polish-British or Polish-Australian writers and artists.
We struggle to find funding, book-buyers, and venues.
I receive almost no invitations from Polish groups to talk about "Bieganski." I'm scheduled to talk about "Bieganski" next in April; the host is not Polish.
I'm part of a Facebook page devoted to Polish-American writers; we are a resource for anyone who wants to get the Polish story told. Why are those who want the Polish story told not contacting us, hosting us, buying our books, reviewing our books, getting our books on their school curricula and library shelves?
Polonia, you don't get your story told by complaining to those who are producing art. You get your story told by supporting the art, authors, filmmakers, poets, books, movies, documentaries, museum exhibits, and school curricula you like.
In other news ...
This article reports that Witold Pilecki's daughter was left out of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz.
I found this incomprehensible. I asked about it online and Sebastian Bartos responded,
"Pilecki is very well known in Poland and the absence of his daughter was deliberate for political reasons. It is due in a large part to the ideological conflict within the Polish political elite over Auschwitz's identity and specific historical figures as role models. There has been a serious attempt to discredit or redefine Polish patriotism, brand it as an instrument of the imagined raging nationalists and prove it as irrelevant or simply foolish. Pilecki has unfortunately been a victim of this movement."
While John Guzlowski pointed out that the USHMM honored Pilecki in 2013. Read more about that here.
If you'd like to read more about what Polonia can and should do to get its story told, read this.