Friday, March 16, 2018
Janusz Sujecki, Honoree for Preserving Jewish Heritage in Poland, Returns Award: Anti-Polish Attacks in Israel
Sujecki's letter is very powerful and it should be read in its entirety. One can read it here.
Thank you to Ane for this.
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I have read the Janusz Sujecki artcle in full. What a brave and honest man!ReplyDelete
Among the many double standards that Sujecki points out in his essay, this one stands out:
"The Mazovian Voivode did not allow protests at the Israeli embassy, but the Israeli authorities did nothing to stop the anti-Polish hatred festival in Israel. On the contrary - these moods are fueled, while the Republic of Poland and Polish society are still vilified on an unimaginable scale."
Jan Peczkis you and I disagree frequently but we agree about this.Delete
Jan Peczkis can you please just copy and paste your translation here rather than my posting your link to the other site? Thank you.Delete
I would like to more about the individual. is there any piece on the web written in English-?ReplyDelete
Here is My English Summary/Translation and "Americanization":ReplyDelete
I object to the unprecedented, heinous calumnies, on the part of the State of Israel directed against Poland…
SUDDEN, BOGUS ISRAELI “CONCERNS” ABOUT THE NEW POLISH LAW
According to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Polish fight against slander and the false term “Polish death camps” is equivalent to “denial of the Holocaust”. What could possibly be more absurd!
The Israeli side had been informed about the draft amendment, to the Act on the IPN, about a year and a half ago. So why is Israel now raising all kinds of questions (actually, fantastic, hysterical accusations) about the new Polish law?
CANNED SCARE TACTICS ABOUT THE NEW POLISH LAW
The purpose of the new Polish law is crystal-clear: The Act of the Institute of National Remembrance is a necessity to interrupt the decades of lies about “Polish extermination camps” and the co-responsibility of the Polish nation for the Holocaust.
Israel portrays the law, of the Institute of National Remembrance, as “the possibility of punishment for the testimony of the Holocaust survivors”. Oh, really? Am I to understand that the Holocaust survivors will testify that there were Polish commanders of the death camps, and Polish crews and Polish guards on the towers? Only that would incur punishment.
We also hear the line about the new law “stifling research on the Holocaust.” Let’s get serious. The Israeli authorities know perfectly well that academic research is specifically exempted from penalization by the new law.
Then there is the bogeyman about the new law criminalizing discussion of Poles who collaborated with the Nazis. Yet the Israelis know perfectly well that the Act applies only to the accusation of the Polish nation as a whole, and not to individual cases. Nobody—least of all the Poles—tries to hide either the phenomenon of blackmail, which has been repeatedly described, or the cases of individual murders of Jews committed by Poles. In fact, there is extensive Polish historical literature on this subject.
“COMPLICITY IN THE HOLOCAUST”
In 1939, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to accept 937 Jewish refugees, from the Third Reich, who were on board the ship St. Louis. The Jewish plea for compassion, addressed to him, fell on deaf ears. As a result, several hundred passengers of this ship, returned to Europe, and were later murdered in Auschwitz and Sobibór. Has the State of Israel ever issued a statement informing everybody that the USA is complicit in the Holocaust?
MY PAINFUL DECISION TO RETURN THE ISRAELI REWARD
I am a citizen of the Polish Republic of Jewish origin. My identity is a synthesis of Polish and Jewish elements. It does not change the fact that I am and have always been a patriot of Poland, which is my homeland. I am shocked by the flow of anti-Polish hatred from Israel and the constant efforts to humiliate Poland. I was once proud of the diploma, handed to me by the Israeli ambassador, Yigal Antebi, back in 1998. Now, my only reminder of the award I have been compelled to return, because of Israeli misconduct against Poland, is the trace on the wall where the award long had hung—and an emptiness within.
Janusz Simcha Sujecki
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///It does not change the fact that I am and have always been a patriot of Poland, which is my homeland.Delete
Much love and repect to Mr. Sujecki. Personally, I wouldnt even mind to have Polish patriots of extraterrestial origin as long as they are a fit and net benefit to us.Being a Pole never was and is about where ones ancestors came from. Even the Polish right-wing stresses this fact:
3. The requirement of national cohesion does not exlude individuals or families, who differ from the majority of Poles due to origin, culture or religion, but who nevertheless possess Polish identity, consider themselves a part of the Polish nation and express their will to assimilate, and who through their work and life attitude serve our homeland. Such people do not threaten the integrity of the nation. The desire to live for Poland and its inhabitants, supported by real actions and genuine participation in the national community of the spirit, makes one a Pole to a much greater extent than purely biological traits, from which no true patriotism arises....
4. We reject racism and all social and political doctrines based on the notion of race. These doctrines erroneously believe that race is an important reference point in politics and social life. They also emphatically overemphasize the significance of biological differences between people. The essence of Polish Christian nationalism is love of one’s nation. The concepts of nationalist-Catholic thought are incompatible with the view that a person of foreign ethnicity cannot, through education, work and will to assimilate, become Polish. We reject the claim that the Polish nation has no right to accept a valuable person of Polish identity just because such a person differs in ethnicity or appearance. We oppose perceiving nationality solely through the prism of blood and origin – such a perspective is contrary to all Polish tradition and history. It is also contrary to the tradition of the Polish nationalist camp, which as a whole fought against the German National Socialists, something we take pride in. There is no place in the ranks of nationalist organizations for people who try to steer the nationalist movement in a direction that is contrary to its tradition and Catholic thought.
5. At the same time, we firmly oppose mass immigration to Poland of people of foreign cultures, as well as people, who do not seek to assimilate. This threatens to create enclaves of foreign cultures, religions or nations in Poland.....
Very well said!ReplyDelete
The entire lofty declaration, or whatever it is, is a bunch of confusing chauvinistic trash. It gave me a headache. And it made me feel ashamed to be a Pole.--Since I’m an atheist and I have no desire to convert to Catholicism (I actually spent years trying to cleanse myself of the Catholic indoctrination that was inflicted on me in early childhood as well as the effects of Polish parenting philosophies that made me feel horrible about myself), I probably wouldn’t even be considered one. It’s a sugarcoated proclamation of bigotry, xenophobia, racism, and religious intolerance. It’s full of contradictions and twisted logic. It would be less incoherent if its signatories weren’t such cowards and had the courage to openly say that they are bigots instead of attempting to sugarcoat their bigotry—and failing miserably at it. Truly despicable!ReplyDelete