Re: Blog on Jedwabne Massacre. #poland #holocaust


Frank Szmulowicz
 

I invite everyone to read "Miasta śmierci" by Mirosław Tryczyk in Polish or its translation, "The Towns of Death" (Rowman and Littlefield). There is overwhelming proof of Polish "neighbor" participation in the planning and execution of the pogroms not only in Jedwabne but in DOZENS of towns of Eastern Poland. The book provides eyewitness accounts of a few survivors, bystanders, and even perpetrators from their court testimonies. Jedwabne was not an isolated case but one in a pattern of pogroms committed by the local Polish population. All attempt to erase the true history are doomed to failure: tens of thousands of Jews were murdered in 1941-42 with nary a German presence in the most brutal way possible, using most primitive weapons, inflicting humiliation, suffering, and death to men, women, and children. In Jedwabne, the Jews were herded into a barn and burned there. A few who managed to escape the pogrom were hunted down by the locals and turned over to the Germans or killed outright. Jewish properties were systematically looted and taken over by the local population. Story upon story verify that account.  Obfuscation and denial are despicable and dishonor the victims. Poland must face up to its history before it can move on.

Frank Szmulowicz 

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