Polish institutions and politicians react to lies about “Polish antisemitism”

A new article from Dr Jan Grabowski seems to attack Poland and its society for its “inability to accept its role in the Holocaust”. The Polish Institute of National Remembrance decided to reply to the distorted vision of history presented in the article with another paper by Dr Piotr Gontarczyk, explaining the ideas behind such a narrative. 

Jan Grabowski reveals that contemporary Poland is unable to admit its role in the Holocaust,” says the Jewish Quarterly magazine, in its announcement of an article by the controversial historian.

“Poland, the epicenter of the Holocaust, began denying its responsibility as soon as the Nazi atrocities ended. The distortion of history continues to this day – with disturbing consequences,” the announcement says. 

Polish scholars, historians and commentators condemned such an untrue vision of Polish history during the 2 World War, especially knowing that Poles are the most numerous nationality awarded with the title of the Righteous Among Nations by the Yad Vashem Institute.

The controversial announcement was commented on by the Polish National Remembrance Institute which is responsible for the research and publications about German and Soviet crimes in Poland during World War 2 and the Communist period. 

The Institute’s spokesman, Dr Rafał Leśkiewicz wrote a post on X, presenting an article by dr Piotr Gontarczyk, that exposes methodological inaccuracies in the writings of dr Grabowski, using an example of one of his papers, saying that such depiction of the events is a “distortion of the narrative on the truth about Holocaust”.

Dr Leśkiewicz also presented an English version of that article that you can read by clicking here

The question was also commented on by Poland’s ex-Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki:

“As a historian, I cannot remain indifferent to further untrue theses by Mr Grabowski. I also expect the same from the current Polish government – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Culture, which is also headed by historian Donald Tusk. The nonsense about any co-responsibility of the Polish people for the Holocaust must stop once and for all! The nonsense about any co-responsibility of the Polish people for the Holocaust must end once and for all! I have always repeated it as the Prime Minister of Poland and I will always repeat it: the Germans are to blame for the extermination of the Jews!” said Morawiecki.

Picture posted on X by @MorawieckiM

Internet users called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to react to the statements made in the Jewish Quarterly announcement. 

Tomasz Modrzejewski

Photo: The Garden of Righteous Among the Nations in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem

From the editor:

To date, 7,177 Christian Poles (more than any other country) have been awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel, more than those of any other nation (to compare Germany just 641). Poles constitute the largest national group within the Righteous Among the Nations recognised by Yad Vashem. 27.921 people have been recognised so far. More than 25% of which were Polish. You can read more at the official Yad Vashem website. We need to remember that throughout the German occupation of Poland, many Poles risked their own lives – and the lives of their families – to rescue Jews from the Germans. This is a most impressive number considering the harsh punishment that threatened rescuers. Polish citizens were hampered by the most extreme conditions in all of German-occupied Europe. Occupied Poland was the only territory where the Germans decreed that any kind of help for Jews was punishable by death for the helper and their entire family. At least 50.000 Poles were executed by the Germans solely as a penalty for saving Jews.

 

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