Saturday, August 5, 2017

"The Holocaust" = "What Happened to the Jews in Poland."

Source: Heeb magazine 
I was listening to NPR today and I think I heard an NPR commentator identify the Holocaust as "What happened to the Jews in Poland." 

Polonia, please buy, read, and circulate Bieganski. It is the only scholarly book that addresses the equation of Poland with the Holocaust, and offers insight into how to defeat that equation. And please invite me to speak to your group. 

You can listen to the NPR broadcast here. Story headline: Former NBA Star Ray Allen Visits Holocaust History In Auschwitz.


  1. I have listened to the full 6-minute broadcast. What it does NOT say is just as important as what it does.

    A rather elaborate discussion the death camp in Auschwitz but:

    1). Not one mention of the Germans as the killers.

    2). Statements about the local brave rescuers of Jews, but not one word of mention that the rescuers were Poles.

    3). Not one mention of the fact that 3 million Poles were also murdered by the Germans.

    4). Complaints that some kids don't know what the Holocaust is--never mind the fact that the Holocaust permeates the American educational system. And how many American kids have even the foggiest clue that millions of Poles were also murdered?

    It is all quite Orwellian. But again, that is what Holocaust education is all about. No surprise.

    1. Thank you for listening to the broadcast and providing that detailed account

    2. Does it not say those things because it thinks we already know them? Or is this too much credit? Especially the first 3.

    3. I think that this question can be turned around.

      After decades of constant repetition about Jews and the Holocaust, why do we keep hearing about THAT? Doesn't everybody already know about the Jews and the Germans (Nazis)--assuming that they know anything at all?

  2. A map is really good at checking assumptions.

    I didn't know, for instance, that Auschwitz was in west Prussia and not with the General Government like most of Poland.

    And I don't see any "transit cities" on the map. Unless it's the red lines, not the red dots.

  3. As you know, I try to tackle at least one Polish media issue a month - there is never any shortage, sadly. And I too have noticed that it seems to be politically incorrect to mention Germany in connection with the Holocaust nowadays. And that is OK with me, provided that Poland, which fought on the Allied Side, is not substituted.

    I have suggested that the Nazis could be re-defined as Martians, as I am 99.9 per cent recurring sure that there are no Martians to slander.


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