The “Kielce Pogrom”, loud again because of Judeocentric Richard Cohen commenting on Helen Thomas’s words, is a fraud, like most of anti-Polonistic spin. I describe the Judeocentric motive behind this and many other cases of Polonophobia designed to demonize Poles, for continuing assault on their substance, and possibly creating a “Polish Gaza”.
Dana Alvi of PAPUREC, the Polish anti-defamation league in the USA, has assembled revealing material on the hoax. I am reproducing it here, since it doesn’t have a specific url on PAPUREC website. — Piotr Bein
4. POLISH nation libel, June 19, 1996
The Polish language papers Polityka and Kurier Plus in June 8, 1996 issues published an article by Krystyna Kersten titled: The Kielce pogrom: still more questions than answers – the Hand of a Pole (“Pogrom kielecki: nadal wiecej pytan niz odpowiedzi – Reka Polaka”). In support of the article, these papers included a somewhat blurred photo showing a man in the foreground with a club in his hand, – “the hand of a Pole” over a human body on the ground. More bodies are discernible, men standing, more men in the background and soldiers. The caption reads: “Ten persons had gun wounds, four puncture wounds … they were – massacred” (“Dziesiec osob mialo rany postrzalowe, cztery rany klute … pozostali – zmasakrowani”)
Something wrong with this photo. Memory and hazy echoes of it in a different connection nagged. Who are the soldiers ? Are they Polish soldiers so readily accused, – by the propagandists of this “pogrom”, of standing by while the massacre was in progress ?
SHAME, SHAME, Polityka, Krystyna Kersten, Kurier Plus !
A discussion with coleagues and a dash to the library confirmed a fraud. In Jewish Responses to Nazi Persecution (1979) by Isaiah Trunk on page 41, there are three poor quality photos captioned: “Lithuanians murdering Jews in the streets of Kaunas, June 1941”. One is the photo published by Polityka and Kurier Plus. The soldiers in the background are identifiable as wearing German uniforms. Deleted in Polityka and Kurier Plus but present here is a back view of a German soldier with a gun at right-side foreground.
In The Pictorial History of the Holocaust edited by Yitzhak Arad, on page 177 is the same photo but larger and somewhat clearer, captioned on page 176: “182. Murder of Jews in Kovno, Lithuania, end of June, 1941. The perpetrators are Lithuanians, the onlookers – Germans.”
Apart from the fraudulent use of this photo to burden “the hand of a Pole” and forever all Poles with “a massacre” of Jews, this photo is controversial. Some researchers claim that it portrays the Lithuanians scoring with the Lithuanian NKVD members, – some of who were, undoubtedly, Jews, – but not specifically murdering just Jews.
Indeed, “still more questions than answers” and now including why these “Polish” papers published the fraudulent photo. Where and when else has this photo been used to defame Poland ? Why has not the Polish Government officially publish photos of the actual riot or its victims during the past 50 years ? Why the blackout of proper investigation ? Will it ever be finalized and credible ? Why has Mr. Dariusz Rosati apologized for wrongs not established ?
Recently, the Polish Historical Society in Connecticut secured several of the “Kielce photos”. Among them, one shows a woman with a baby, both allegedly dead. The woman is lying on her side on a blanket, her long hair dramatically arranged abover her head. Her legs gracefully crossed. Her face serene, actually with a slight smile. Her arms folded shielding her breasts. Her body could not have held such a position without the support of her muscles.
Another photo shows a woman on a stretcher on the floor. Her neck muscles and upper body seem tensed to stay balanced on the stretcher. Still other shows a man lying on a bed with his leg in a cast. There is blood dripping from the top of the cast ! Impossible ! Besides, what kind of a doctor would place a cast on a bleeding wound ?
A photo of caskets shows two baby-caskets. The court report indicates that one baby died as a result of the “pogrom”. Why the second casket ? Who, if anyone was in it ?
There are many more questions. Why, according to published reports, the seriously wounded were transported by train to a hospital in Lodz ? What kind of a doctor would allow that ? Research indicates no records of admissions in Lodz of any wounded from Kielce. What happened to the supposed transfer ? Where did the “wounded” go ?
Research in newspapers of the time and encyclopedias reveal haphazard, arbitrary reporting, sometimes contradictory, sometimes entirely absent. The Wiesenthal Center’s excellent library in Los Angeles does not contain a single book on Kielce or any indexed article.
In the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust Volume 2 (1990) by Israel Gutman, on page 800, is an article on Kielce supported by a photo of about 30 people of various ages. The photo is captioned: “Jewish refugees, survivors of the Kielce pogrom, waiting to leave Poland (July 1946)”. But for fifty years none of those survivors had their testimonies published ? Why ?
In Trunk’s Jewish Responses … , on page 321 there is a testimonial of the liberation of Dachau by the Russians; on page 324 there is even a testimonial of survival on sea water for 11 days. But where are testimonies of the “Kielce Pogrom” ? Meanwhile, stories abound growing in fancies, zeros get added to the number of victims.
Recently, at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, a woman listening to a lecture advertised in the Los Angeles Times as Anti-Semitism in Poland Today: What Jewish Travelers Can Expect, called out her hatred of Poland among other things “for the murder of 4000 Jews in the Kielce pogrom”.
Arthur Koestler, – surely not an anti-Semite, in his Thieves in the Night said: “The Jews are the most admirable salesmen in the world, regardless of whether they sell carpets, Marxism, or their pogroms.” Was there a “Kielce pogrom” or yet another POLISH nation libel ?
An analysis of the Kielce photos may be obtained from the Polish Historical Society, P. O. Box 8024, Stamford, CT 06905, tel & fax 203-698-2825.
Dana I. Alvi
4A. POLISH nation libel, July 1, 1996
Re: Kielce Fraud
The article reproduced here was received from the Polish Historical Society, P. O. Box 8024, Stamford, CT 06905, tel. 203-698-2825, on June 30, 1996. This is the first part, second part is posted under 4 AA. POLISH nation libel.
“NEWS RELEASE re: FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF KIELCE “POGROM”
1. Newly discovered photos of victims of the 1946 Kielce pogrom reveal that live persons were hired to play the dead and wounded.
2. The focus of the July 7th international pilgrimage to Kielce should be changed until pathologists confirm that this “pogrom” resulted in any deaths.
> >FLASH> >President of Poland cancels his participation at commemoration in Kielce to meet President Clinton and attend Olympics in Atlanta
First 1945 phony “pogrom” of Kielce did not catch the public’s eye.
(New York 6/30/96) Recently discovered photographs show than an attempt at fanning publicity about a spurious “pogrom” in Kielce in 1945 was undertaken already in late 1940’s. Pictures allegedly showing the burial of eight Jewish victims of the “first” ’45 Kielce “pogrom” were found in American-Jewish archives recently. The fiftieth anniversary of the “second”, 1946 Kielce “pogrom” will be commemorated with international fanfare this July, but evidence of dead and wounded victims of this “pogrom”is scant.
Two dozen racial riots in America are neither remembered nor commemorated, but international pilgrimage will demonize the second, ’46 Kielce hoax.
Twenty seven racial riots took place during the twentieth century in America, but nobody remembers them in Africa nor commemorates them in the U.S. However, Polish Foreign Minister, Dariusz Rosati apologized to world Jewry for the “42 victims of the 1946 Kielce pogrom” last November.
This week, fifteen outstanding citizens of Kielce apologized in an open letter for “seventy pogrom victims” of ’46. These apologies are politically motivated, while the victim count is not based on any hard historical facts. An international pilgrimage accompanied by media frenzy is being planned to commemorate “the holocaust after the Holocaust” in Kielce on July 7, 1996.
Most people consider the ’46 Kielce “pogrom” as fact, because of (extorted) admissions from Polish “perpetrators”.
Most Poles and Jews are convinced that deaths occurred during the ’46 Kielce “pogrom”. Nine Poles, quickly executed, confessed to the interrogators (but not during the accelerated show-trial) that they took part in the massacre. However, more credible local clergy (or leaders of political opposition) accused of stimulating this “pogrom” were not shown the dead, and failed to acknowledge the deaths before the grandiose funeral.
One should not forget the deficiencies of the Stalinist justice system of that era. In January 1946, twelve high ranking Wehrmacht officers admitted in the Leningrad court that they murdered 15,000 Polish POW officers in the Katyn Forest. In fact, at that site 4,500 Polish victims were killed by the NKVD. A few days later, these Germans were publicly hanged in front of 20,000 onlookers.
Not only “perpetrators'” but also eyewitness’ testimonies of the Kielce “pogrom” and the Katyn massacre were not credible. Even until today, some of them maintain that the murders at Kielce were committed by the Poles and the massacre at Katyn by the Hitlerites.
Katyn massacre was confirmed with forensic evidence, while the Kielce hoax is exposed by still classified photographs.
The truth about the Katyn massacre was confirmed through exhumation, ballistic and wartime airphoto analysis and the recently discovered NKVD documents. However, such methodology was never applied to the Kielce “pogrom” beset with the following deficiencies:
Names of the victims were never identified, allegedly because their faces were mutilated and corpses were robbed naked by the frenzied mob. However, no injuries are evident on the photos of the alleged “cadavers”.
Victim count was never determined. Fifty years after the “pogrom” it osscilates between 42 and 70 with occasional quotes of 140, while only 42 caskets were buried at the Kielce cemetary and the burial site of the ramaining victims is still unknown.
Some western journalists, who saw the “dead” and “wounded” did not consider them credible. A brief note about the “Kielce riots” was printed next to the golf and tennis scores in filosemitic The Times of London. The victim count was “not officially confirmed”, despite the fact that Times’ correspondent visited the Kielce morgue.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s reporter was also permitted into the morgue, but the Agency never reported on the condition of the victims. Instead, it zeroed in on the reaction in America and an alleged anti-Semitism of Cardinal Hlond from Warsaw, blamed for failure to acknowledge the victim count.
Photography was forbidden. Political Security Service prevented foreigners from taking any pictures of the victims or the “pogrom” site. An American weekly Time Magazine, devoid of any Kielce photos, illustrated the “pogrom” story with an old archival photo of Cardinal Hlond.
Officially taken photos are still classified. Two days after the “pogrom”, Julia Pirotte, Security Service photographer, took large number of photos of the victims on 7/6/46. However, the Warsaw government immediately seized and classified her work. Pirotte still lives in Warsaw. Her photos, deposited a few years ago at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC (now available from the Polish Historical Society) have never been published and became again classified by the present Polish regime.
On these photographs living persons pretend to be dead and wounded. One of the photos shows a cadaver in an advanced state of putrefaction, apparently included in the morgue to fend off indepth inspection by reporters. The Polish weekly Polityka, (printed as twin of the American Time Magazine), in 6/8/96 issue, published a picture of one of the “wounded”, but only after cutting off, in the photo, his hand wearing a wedding band. Frenzied Polish mob allegedly robbed all victims of everything.”
End of article, first part. Dana I. Alvi
4Aa. POLISH nation libel, July 1, 1996
Re: Kielce Fraud
This is second part of an article by the Polish Historical Society received on June 30, 1996. The first part was posted under 4A. Polish nation libel on July 1, 1996.
NEWS RELEASE Re: FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF KIELCE “POGROM” [cont.]
The “body” of one female victim supports itself on the left elbow and arm. The most convincing evidence that the “pogrom” was staged with live extras is the photo of Regina Fisz in the Kielce mortuary. In court, “her killer”, a Polish militia corporal Jozef Mazur, testified: “I fired my pepesza [Red Army submachine gun] into the Jewess’ head from the distance of six meters”. It is possible to fire pepesza only in short or longer bursts. Firing from a short distance would tear out fragments of bone and flesh from the victim’s body. However, on Fisz’s photo one sees absence of any external injury and she has a peaceful expression on her face. Even to a lay person, Mrs. Fisz’s “body” appears unnervingly alive as she leans on the stretcher with her left elbow and arm. Machine-gunned infant lacks evidence of external injury.
Mr. Mazur’s testimony continued: “Subsequently, the Jew [Moszkowicz] dropped the [three week old] child and Mr. Nowakowski [an accomplice] told me “Hit it”. I took pepesza and shot into its forehead”. However, the dead and naked infant lying on the stretcher next to Fisz appears at least four to six months old and shows not a trace of any bodily injury. After three days in the grave without a casket “corpses” still appear rotund.
The Kielce trial revealed that after the killing, Adam and Regina Fisz were buried without caskets in a field by Polish peasants commandeered by Mazur. The peasants never testified. However, it is almost certain that the heavily armed Mazur forced them to dig a deep grave. Thus, the soil was exerting at least 45 pounds of pressure per square inch to the bodies of Adam and Regina Fisz. The summary of the autopsy report suggests that their bodies were exhumed at least three days after their burial. However, the photo shows the infant’s corpse and the woman’s body rotund and not flattened, her hair looks not compressed but coiffured. Three American expert physicians who examined this and other similar photos approved the above text.
Nowakowski, Mazur and seven others were executed on the seventh day after the alleged murder and their hasty, three-day-long trial.
Remorse and apology can not be genuine until the world is informed about the site of the burial of over thirty, still unaccounted Jews.
Foreign Minister, Dariusz Rosati apologized to all Jews for the murder by the Poles of 42 victims (allegedly) buried at the Kielce cemetery. However, fifteen outstanding citizens of Kielce signed an open letter begging for forgiveness for the murder of “seventy Jews”. We believe that these Kielcean signatories should find or at least let the world know the site of the burial of the additional thirty Jews.
No apologies should be voiced until the content of the graves at Kielce cemetery is examined and the burial site of the additional thirty Jews, allegedly killed at the railroad station, is located and their remains identified.
Today, with the availability of ground-penetrating radar, one does not need to resort to exhumation to see if skeletons or stones are in the Kielce graves. Such a computerized instrument is in constant use at the Institute of Archeology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Extorted confessions or testimonies affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can not be considered credible.
Our belief and knowledge about the “second” 1946 Kielce “pogrom” must not be based on testimonies extorted from perpetrators or obtained from survivors affected by the Holocaust Survivor Syndrome. This syndrome called by some psychiatrists as post Traumatic Stress Disorder was acknowledged in The New York Times in an essay Syndrome Known Since ’52, on 2/5/94. In 1986, Yad Vashem reported in The Jerusalem Post that over half of testimonies of survivors on record are not credible, while according to the Department of Military Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington (see American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, vol. 65:66-75, 1995) the syndrome distressed even workers of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Before genuine commemoration, the burial site of the victims must be found and the alleged deaths of the ’46 Kielce “pogrom” must be confirmed with forensic evidence.
This week, following the above disclosures, President of Poland, A. Kwasniewski, cancelled his attendance at the commemoration of the ’46 Kielce “pogrom”.
Despite the late date, the focus of the international pilgrimage to Kielce should be changed, until an international team of pathologists and forensic experts discovers the place of repose of over thirty unaccounted victims and determines that the mass grave at the Jewish cemetery in Kielce contain victims of the “pogrom” not empty caskets. End.
Astonishing Photographs of the ’46 Kielce “Pogrom”.
It took our scholars 15 months of research to unravel the secret of the suspected hoax of ’46 Kielce “pogrom”. After V-Day, the Soviets decided to trick the Western Allies to accept (also in Palestine) a large number of Polish Jews, who were for five years indoctrinated with Marxism behind the Eastern Front.
As vehicle for this, they used the old method of pogrom propaganda, which worked so well before and blossomed in the “holocaust” of “6,000,000” Jews and “800,000 Jewish children” in Poland and Ukraine, publicized in 1919 (!) by American media and politicians such as M. Glynn, the Governor of New York. Consequently, in 1945, the USSR tried to stimulate pogroms, e.g. in Rzeszow and Krakow, which did not result in any deaths. To excite the reluctant crowds, they even tried a rider on a camel in the crowded market in Czestochowa (see NYT 7/7/46, page 19, column 6) but to no avail. In order to “draw blood”, this time without fail, “Polish” Security Service staged the 1946 “pogrom” with live extras pretending wounded or dead. Collection of 11 classified photos, recently discovered in the Kielce court records and various Jewish archives in the US, are available from the Polish Historical Society.
[Description of photos supporting article]
Photo 1. “Body” of R. Fisz and corpse of unidentified child in the Kielce morgue photographed on 7/7/46. Fisz’s child was three weeks old, while the above corpse appears much older. According to the (extorted) confession from the “killer”, both victims were shot in the head with a burst of submachine gun fire from a distance of several feet. Fisz’s “body” and the corpse of the child were allegedly buried in a field and without caskets. They were exhumed after remaining for three days in the grave.
Photo 2. Three unidentified “cadavers” in the Kielce mortuary, 7/7/46. Note absence of any discernible injuries. “But in the mortuary I saw today 36 terribly mutilated bodies, with battered faces, crushed bones, broken legs and limbs almost torn off. It is hard to believe that such injuries could have been caused except by a shell or a bomb. But they were human hands – if indeed, one can call them such – that perpetrated these horrors, hands of Poles”. By correspondent of a weekly The Jewish Chronicle of London, 7/23/46, excerpt from page 1, column 3. END.”
End of article. Dana I. Alvi