Michal Karski wrote in with a report of an anti-Polish letter appearing in the Belfast Telegraph. Michal's letter is below:
An unbelievable letter appeared on Sept 16th, entitled "Poles can't deny role in Auschwitz" (!!) The letter's author was a certain Dr Kevin McCarthy of County Cork.
Predictably, a storm of protest ensued, with many outraged comments posted. The last time I looked, I believe the number was approaching 140 comments. Some were reasoned, some were abusive, some were inarticulate. Several Polish websites featured the story, with at least one accusing the Belfast Telegraph of being a Jewish paper.
A few days ago, the comments miraculously vanished. Another letter appeared entitled "Dr Kevin McCarthy: a clarification". It seems there is more than one Dr McCarthy of Cork and the one who is at University College, Cork would like to make clear that he was not responsible for the contentious letter.
The Telegraph has allowed precisely four comments with the newest letter, but the original letter still stands. There has been no retraction or apology. I wrote in myself several times, but it's proving impossible to get comments or letters published. I believe even the Polish ambassador to the UK has commented on this issue.
Nevertheless I haven't seen anything in the mainstream Polish Press about this. Even the UK "Dziennik Polski" doesn't seem to have noticed this.
You might suppose this would come into your category of "Bieganski", but I actually think the Polish government ought to get their legal experts in - if the Belfast Telegraph continues on its present course - and maybe consider a case of defamation. I'd be interested to hear your opinion.
Here is the text of the original letter:
Kaja Kazmierska is technically correct when she says "Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp (was) in Nazi German-occupied Poland" and not under the control of a sovereign Polish government (Write Back, September 14).
However, the reason is straightforward: the Nazis knew that Poland, with its deeply entrenched anti-Semitism, was arguably the only place under its control that would accept such an extermination centre.
Indeed, Polish historical anti-Semitism was so ingrained that on July 4, 1946 - barely 16 months after the liberation of Auschwitz - an enraged Polish community in Kielce initiated a pogrom of brutal proportions.
This small town murdered nearly 50 Holocaust survivors.
This innate anti-Semitic world view was ultimately why the Nazis located extermination centres in Poland.
And, although this might be unpalatable for modern-day Poles, it cannot be denied.
DR KEVIN McCARTHY
Kinsale, Co Cork