Monday, June 22, 2015

Yet Another Jewish Person Surprised by a Trip to "The World's Largest Jewish Cemetery" a.k.a. Poland

Yet another Jewish person is surprised by a trip to "the world's largest Jewish cemetery," a.k.a. Poland. 

"A trip to Poland is usually a journey to the Holocaust, to the world’s largest Jewish cemetery and scene of unimaginable catastrophe...The Holocaust is everywhere in this beautiful, lusciously green country. It permeates the ground and the air"

Does anybody at any editorial office at any Jewish publication know that it is offensive to refer to an entire country as "the world's largest Jewish cemetery"? 

When will this cohort of authors allow Poland to be a country again? 

Yes of course we acknowledge the Holocaust and every other historical catastrophe but it is wrong to deny an entire nation any other identity. 

"A Journey of Love and Darkness" by Dr. Ruchama Weiss can be read at ynet here


  1. I have read the article.

    This whole standard line about Poland being a "Jewish cemetery" is yet another testament to the mentality that elevates the Nazi genocide of the Jews above the genocides of other peoples--especially over that of the Poles. It never ends.

  2. I left this comment under the article:

    Where is Germany in this article --- as the graveyard belongs to them!

    The author lacks historical facts and context. The German army invaded Poland in collusion with the Soviet army in Sept '39. They both sought to kill Polish civilians from all walks of life. Occupied Poland lost close to 5.8 million of its Christian and Jewish population to the barbaric terror enforced by the German Nazi Regime. Not to mention 500,000 German civilian women volunteering to come to Occupied Poland to harass, steal, murder. See the book, Hitler's Furies.

  3. Hello,
    When I've read words "the world's largest Jewish cemetery", I thought: "psiakrew, not again". But when I've read the article, I started to think: "well, that's something new". There is no hatred in that text. No self-righteousness. No contempt.
    There is affection. There is humility. There is warmness.

    Not what I've expected.
    Usually what follows after "largest Jewish cemetery" are words "cursed country", "nation of murderers", "blood-soaked land" and so on.

    The author makes a mistake, though. She hasn't arrived in "another Poland". For there was no Poland under German yoke. There was no Łódź, just Litzmannstadt. There was no Zamość, just Himmlerstadt. There was no Oświęcim, just Auschwitz.

    After reading the whole text, I can't get angry at the author.


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