I sent the following open letter by email on 31.5.2004, in response to Brattman’s preposterous lies and fabrications about Polish (and Jewish) WW2 history, copied at the bottom for the record.
Since then, I completed research on Polish – Jewish relations, Shoah and on the larger Holocaust that includes German Nazi atrocities on more than 20 groups, of which Jews were neither exceptional, most numerous nor special in any way:
Two refereed research papers are noteworthy in the context of the subject letter:
When I got my own blog, I assembled anti-Polonism writing:
From: “Piotr Bein” <piotr.bein w imag.net>
Subject: Open Letter to Mr. Brattman
Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 13:07:38 -0700
Open Letter to Mr. Brattman, Editor w Isurvived.org
Cc: Polish Consul in Los Angeles, consulplla w consulplla.org
The authorities should scrutinize your schmaltzy sociopathy. The Polish Government should sue you and the organisations behind you. Polish mothers should spell your name to their children, to imprint in them a fear of a Zionist monster.
You suggest “monstrous deeds of the overwhelming great majority of Poles”, and emphasize the “collective character” of the supposed crimes: “…in terms of its bestiality, hatred and willing persecution against Jews, Poland was very close to the Nazi’s regime and, the association of Poland with the direct and willful participation in the Nazi’s Holocaust is beyond dispute.” (http://isurvived.org/InTheNews/Hungary-holo_Memorial.html)
You cite glaringly distorted cases in support of your moronic opinion: If the Polish behaviour was even remotely similar to Nazi barbarity, there would be plentiful evidence shortly after WWII. The press material on apologies by the Polish President constitutes no evidence, either. Historians advised him that they did not find proof for the allegations. Someone desperately needed the “admission” at the time of Israel’s offensive on Palestinians.
There is ample evidence of the great help Poles gave to Jews. As most Jews of Polish ancestry are well aware, most of the Polish Jew survivors of the Nazis owe their lives to non-Jewish Poles. Poles were so successful in saving Jews that the Israeli memorial honouring those who did so, list more Poles than any other nation.
A few Poles may have acted badly, but a nation has an obligation to defend itself from genocide. A lot of Polish Jews helped the Soviets in their atrocities until Hitler turned against the Jews when he broke his anti-Polish pact with the Soviets. Nazi-Soviet plan exterminated 80 percent of Polish intelligentsia. Jewish crimes against Poles continued when Jews formed a large part of post-war Polands Communist government.
You are whitewashing the Jewish crimes, while pointing the finger at Poles. Even if Poles committed atrocities on Communist Jews in 50 out of thousands of villages, this could not possibly be a “great majority” in a nation of 35 million (less 3 to 4 million of minorities, mostly Jews). Your range of possibilities of Polish behaviour is as objectionable: “at best [Poles] remained indifferent and at worst committed atrocities beyond any human dimension.” This is an evident demonisation.
All your premises are clearly erroneous and provocative. You give out an indication of sponsors and purpose, by endorsing a press article written to Zionist-German revisionist specifications. These circles liberally use “Polish”, but seldom “German in reference to Nazi crimes. By manipulating information on the tragedy of Jews, you provoke anti-Polish attitudes. Anti-Polish sentiments are also on an increase in the Polish Zionist-controlled media, under the guise of combating anti-semitism.
Instead of hatred invented for current political needs of the Zionists, the Jewish community should express indebtedness forever to the Polish majority, Your absurd campaign bears stamps of the “Holocaust industry” all over it. While the USA, Israel, Germany, and the “international community plunge headfirst into fascism, your audience should probe manifestations of deeper connections:
1. Similarity to present German campaign of whitewashing Nazi WWII crimes. German revisionists would love to spread the Nazi guilt on others, if not exonerate themselves from crimes. The Holocaust industry would be a natural partner to whitewash their own crimes before their Drang nach Osten in the European Union. You look to the Polish nation for a scapegoat to draw attention away from Communist Jew crimes on Poles.
2. Suspected co-operation of Zionists with the US administration. There are serious questions as to the complicity of Mossad and FBI in the 9/11 tragedy. I read with disbelief about the Global Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2004, introduced to the US Congress on April 28, 2004: “To authorize the establishment within the Department of State of an Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, to require inclusion in annual Department of State reports of information concerning acts of anti-Semitism around the world, and for other purposes.”
The act will pre-empty any investigations. No wonder that you threaten your polite opponents with FBI.
Based on the value of human life in present German public safety planning, Germans owe us not billions, but tens of trillions of Euros for our biological, cultural and material losses. We could settle for partial payment in form of Germanized Slav lands between Odra and Elbe rivers, but even the balance would send the German nation into perpetual poverty. Aware of this tremendous liability to their impoverished, biologically damaged neighbours to the East, the German government poses for reconciliatory pictures, while fully supporting the revisionists.
We have a saying in Poland: “Lets love one another like brothers, but settle accounts like Jews”. We could prepare a bill for saving hundreds of thousands of Jews by Poles, and for biological losses caused by the Communist Jews. Zionist claims for Jewish real estate in Poland would be a laughable fraction of the amount.
If you are seeking a reconciliation, Mr. Brattman, start from de-bunking own propaganda. Your actions reinforce Polish and international resentment of Zionists and revisionists.
You wonder: “How a country can show so little respect and regard for its own 6 million citizens that perished during the Holocaust is beyond human comprehension.” Half of the total 12 thousand Nazi establishments of extermination were on the territory of Poland. The great majority of them are there to be seen, marked by facsimile of the highest Polish medal awarded to all the victims, both foreigners and Polish citizens, including Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
You want a bigger, all-victim memorial? Collect the money. We will build it, partly on the land that the Zionists claimed as Jewish property in Poland. That is, if Zionists will LET us build a common memorial. They ordered us around at the Auschwitz site.
The Question >From your moronic commentaries and the original emails you quote (and those you do not), I conclude that you are a propagandist and a liar. You amply demonstrated lack of good will and an open mind. You attribute to your opponents what you do yourself: “shouting, bullying, manipulating information, intimidating. Honest Jews, and foreigners familiar with Polish history, condemn your presentation.
Whom do you work for and what is the objective of your handlers?
In repentance for supposed WWII atrocities of their grandparents, should young Poles uncritically accept Zionist Israel’s crimes? Your misrepresentations may create hatred of younger Poles towards the Jews, and of international youth towards Poles. Is this the goal of your website?
You may post this letter intact, but I do not agree that you abbreviate or quote from it, under any pretext, because you severely distorted the meaning of emails received. You also refused to remove e-mail addresses and emails from the website, used belittling and condescending tone against your opponents, intimidated and threatened them.
You breached cyber-code and law concerning spreading of misinformation towards demonization and inter-ethnic hatred. Demonization is done prior to an offensive on a nation. A Holocaust survivor should understand this.
Dr. Piotr Bein, PEng
Author and publicist, specialist in de-bunking propaganda
Vancouver, Canada, and Szczecin, Poland
[May 27, 2004]
Poland’s Past During the Holocaust VS.
Poland’s Present Remembrance of its Wartime Victims.Under the umbrella of “educating” our readers and in the name of “accuracy,” on May 21 and 22, 2004, we received emails respectively from Maureen Morris and Edmund Lewandowski (both from California, USA) who took exception to the wording in which Auschwitz was associated to Poland as in “Poland’s Auschwitz” of the referenced hereinabove LA Times article. Notwithstanding that the Auschwitz notorious camp has been located in Poland, the respective readers suggested that a clarification needed to be made for our readers that at the time of existence of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland (as most Europe) was under the Nazi occupation. Although we were not the authors of that article nor have any association with The Los Angeles Times, we have no problem with that clarification herein as it is well known that in 1939 Hitler conquered Poland. Clearly, a better wording in the above referenced paragraph of the LA Times article referring to Poland’s Auschwitz would have been:
Another hall houses the center’s inaugural exhibition, “Auschwitz Album,” which features photographs of a May 1944 transport of Hungarian Jews taken to the Nazi’s infamous concentration camp of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) in the German occupied Poland.
Mr. Lewandowski noted in his purported concern that “Polish people are very sensitive to the fact that more and more publications are avoiding the word ‘Germany’. Often you see Nazi and the only country mentioned is Poland. This builds wrong perception.” And Ms. Morris has asked us “to apologize to Poles and Polish-Americans” so as to “educate” our readers [sic!].
*** The truth is that in terms of its bestiality, hatred and willing persecution against Jews, Poland was very close to the Nazi’s regime and, the association of Poland with the direct and willful participation in the Nazi’s Holocaust is beyond dispute. If one needs a reminder, take a look at the massacres from Jedwabne or Radzilow or Kielce as posted in our Sect. IV and expanded herein:Monument where Jews from Radzilow were burned by Polish neighbors on July 7, 1941 does not say a word about the persons responsible or the date of the crime. (Photo: Rafal Guz)
The Jedwabne Tragedy
THE JEDWABNE AFFAIR
Take Jedwabne in Poland During the Holocaust and
the Government’s Meaningless Apology Towards Jews after the Holocaust
(victims are remembered by the Polish President but no one is blamed for the massacre -sic!)
Germans are responsible, so why should we apologise?
Edward Orlowski, priest of Jedwabne
Poland’s Kwasniewski Apologizes for Jedwabne Pogrom
Poles Face Truth of Jedwabne: 1,600 Jews Slain by Neighbours — not Nazis
Poland Asks Forgiveness For Jedwabne Massacre
Pole Position: The Anniversary of the Infamous Jedwabne Polish Pogrom
Prompts Debate, Soul Searching
Voices on the Jedwabne Tragedy
(A Comprehensive Reference Listing)
Reflections on the Jedwabne Debate
(by Professor Israel Gutman of Yad Vashem)
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Poles on Jedwabne
Take Radzilow, Poland During the Holocaust
Thou Shall Not Kill
by Andrzej Kaczynski
Take the Case Study of the Pogrom in Kielce
or, see this revelation coming from Poland:
The most important discovery made during our work was that the Jedwabne massacre was not an isolated incident but part of a wider phenomenon in those territories.
Kryzystof Persak, private Polish broadcaster (TVN24,).
Poland’s Jewish Secret Unearthed
or, these entries from BBC, The Washingron Post, and The Economist, respectively:
At least 30 organised massacres of Jews in Poland during World War II were carried out by local people rather than occupying German Nazis, a new report has revealed
Poles Blamed for Wartime Massacres
Painful Truth in Poland’s Mirror
Poland and the Holocaust: It wasn’t just Germans
Poland’s suffering under the Nazi occupation is also undeniable and it is extensively documented with prima facieevidence as posted in our Sect. I. Also, as noted right from the outset in the Introduction from our homepage, three (3) million non-Jewish Poles were killed during the Holocaust period because they were considered to be subversive or dangerous to the Nazi Regime. And here, we may want to add Hans Frank (Governor-General of non-annexed occupied Poland) that was tried and convicted on Crimes Against Humanity in the trial of the major War Criminals at Nuremberg. (To see this new addition, please click in here.)”In Berlin we were told:
why are you making all this trouble?
We don’t want them either…
liquidate them yourselves!”
“That we sentence 1.2 million Jews to die of hunger
should be noted only marginally. “
Source: Diary of Hans Frank, Governor-general of Poland,
speaking of Berlin’s policy on Polish Jews,
as quoted in Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression,
Vol. II, p. 634; and Vol. IV, p. 900.
Also undeniable, and part of the truth, is that a few thousands of Christian Poles risked their own lives to help their neighboring Jews and may their blessed memory stay forever in the conscience of humanity. Israel’s Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, has recognized some 5800 such Christian Poles and, in our Sect. II, we have posted these entries:
Catholic Heroes of the Holocaust
Wartime Rescue of Jews by the Polish Catholic Clergy
“Of all the occupied countries, the percentage of Jews saved in Poland was the smallest, since the predominant attitude was hostile, while rescue was an exception to the rule.” [Isaiah Trunk]
It is preposterous beyond words to think, even for a second, that this infinitesimal percentage of the Righteous Christian Poles can ever wash out the monstrous deeds of the overwhelming great majority of Poles that at best remained indifferent and at worst committed atrocities beyond any human dimension. As important as our attention is to the past, let us not neglect the present nor the future. And in this regard, with astonishment, we note that to this very day there is no National Holocaust Memorial in Poland commemorating under one single “roof” the 3 million Catholic Poles and the 3 million Jews that perished during the Holocaust period –and this respectfully speaks volumes about the collective character of that nation. Poland, that proud country with an extraordinarily rich history, apparently does not have yet the “stomach” to place Catholics and Jews together into one single memorial. (See, if you will, our Memorial Drive towards that endeavor.) How a country can show so little respect and regard for its own 6 million civilian citizens that perished during the Holocaust era is something beyond all human comprehension.
“We can’t tell two stories, the history of Poland and the history of the Jews, because simply they exist together and they must be told together…”
Let Hungary, through the opening of its long overdue National Holocaust Memorial, be a splendid example for Poland to follow.Respectfully submitted,
K. K. Brattman
Addendum: A succinct presentation of the complex Polish-Jewish relationship during the Holocaust era can be found in this “Encyclopedia” presentation entitled “Polish-Jewish Relations.” Also, see this entry: Conditions for Polish Jews During WWII.
***PS-1. Subsequently, we received an apology from Ms. Morris which we believe to have been made in earnest. And with respect to the core issue presented herein, Ms. Morris noted:”‘Why Poland does not have a National Holocaust Memorial for its 6 million citizens’ is a question that I, as an American, cannot speak to. “And from Mr. Lewandowski, we have received a surprising endorsement: “I visited your pages and I am impressed. Very accurate, detailed information.” Stressing with this endorsement, Mr. Lewandowski noted that “regardless of anything else,” he gives credit “to those who deserve it and where is due.” Continuing with his accolades, in another email received, Mr. Lewandowski noted:”Your web site has so much information regarded by Poles to be objective, for which you deserve great applause. The main is including Polish non Jewish victims as part of the Holocaust.”
PS-2. On May 26, 2004, Mr. Lewandowski (that is the author of <PoloniaSF.org> website), made us aware of the May 14, 2004 protest open-letter of the Honorable Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, General Consul of Poland in Los Angeles, California, USA, with respect to the “Poland’s Auschwitz” wording of the above referenced LA Times article.To see that letter (with the LA Times response), please click in here.
PS-3. Finally, from a Polish-American reader, we have been alerted that Mr. Lewandowski has initiated in the SFPolskis Yahoo members group a thread entitled “Poland — a willing participant in the Nazi’s persecution of Jews” and informed us of a message posted therein by a non-Jewish Polish-American respondent that stated:.THIS it is not about building another memorial, but rather about honoring all citizens regardless what faith they are. We all used to distinguish all the World War II victims between us and them, forgetting that all these folks lived in Poland for decades, centuries. They paid taxes, they had the right to vote, they were even being elected, they contributed to our social life, some fought for our country. The only part that we remember is their faith, or not even that since majority of them was not even practicing Judaism.So, tell me now, why we DO NOT pay a tribute to all our citizens regardless their religion?
This Editor could not have said it any better! It is utterly absurd that we have to differentiate between the Jewish and non-Jewish Polish victims of the Holocaust era when they all were killed in the same manner and all were first and foremost Polish citizens.
Thank you for your attention to this extremely complex and sensitive matter but not before noting this beautiful and moving email received on May 27, 2004 from Anita Bandrowski:
I apologize for my fellow countrymen (for some reason the women don’t seem to get too worked up about these issues). I am a polish-american and I do not feel that Poles have done enough to commemorate the tragedy that happened in their country to their own people. I wish this was not the case, but I also wish that all the people involved in that terrible conflict on all sides could somehow find it in themselves to heal and focus on building a brighter future that does not allow for this type of thing to ever happen again.peace through actionanita.