Poles don't bear responsibility for the Holocaust. That doesn't mean that there weren't a lot of collaboratorsChris Helisnky
I am not endorsing this article.
I didn't think you were. Language is being twisted in order to say things that can't be supported. Is it my imagination or was the author rather flippant about Polish suffering during the war?Chris Helinsky
It's not your imagination. it's common to trivialize Polish suffering. Former priest James Carroll wrote a prize winning book predicated on just that maneuver
"it's common to trivialize Polish suffering."That's what Holocaust supremacism is all about. All other genocides, when mentioned at all, are second-class genocides.So why is it surprising that sometimes this process goes as far as actively trivializing Polish suffering?
In keeping with the hysteria over the pending Polish law and the hype of the Daily Caller’s headline, Yair Lapid, leader of a centrist opposition party in Israel, goes further. According to the New York Times, he wrote on Twitter, “There were Polish death camps and no law can ever change that.”He also sent the following tweet to Prime Minister Morawiecki: ““I am a son of a Holocaust survivor. My grandmother was murdered in Poland by Germans and Poles. I don’t need Holocaust education from you. We live with the consequences every day in our collective memory. Your embassy should offer an immediate apology.” Lapid’s second sentence, however, is at odds with his Wikipedia bio, which states: “Both of his grandmothers, on maternal and paternal side, were alive when they moved to Israel, according to an interview his parents gave to the Spiegel (magazine). ”
Gene not sure why you submitted this twice but I posted both. Because I'm a very nice host.
Hello,Yair Lapid is a descendant of Hungarian and Romanian Jews with no connection to Poland. Well, almost...After his lies about "grandmother murdered in Poland" became known, he did some family search and now claims that his great-grandmother Hermione (father's grandmother) was murdered in Auschwitz.http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-city-of-the-dead/Some facts about that camp.Auschwitz was incorporated into the Third Reich during the war. All Poles within a 40 Km radius were expelled. 20-30 kilometer belt around the camp was declared out of bounds and anyone found there was shot on sight. It was, from October 1939 until April 1945, a German territory. Until 1942 the vast majority of the prisoners in Auschwitz were Poles.
Łukasz, thanks for the info. Quite interesting.
Gene, has anyone found out anything new about Lapid's bio? You mention apparent contradictions. I'm wondering if his Wiki bio is accurate or his tweet.
Danusha,Sorry for the double post. I was all thumbs and didn't realize I hosed it. Again, sorry. (Yes, you are a very nice host.)
Compliments to the host are much appreciated.
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