Israeli Op-Ed–‘Trump’s Sidestepping of Jewish Victims of Holocaust Helps Polish Government Rewrite History’


In his speech in Warsaw, Trump mentioned Polish suffering and the Polish victims of the nation’s bloody history, but elegantly avoided the unpleasant stories of the Jewish victims of those same Polish victims

Ofer Aderet, Haaretz

The Polish government can claim a huge victory in the fight over the country’s honor, as well as its campaign to rewrite history and erase the stains of Poland’s past.

U.S. President Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, adopted the Polish narrative of victimhood and its unilateral pretension of innocence in its entirety, granting the right-wing, conservative-nationalist Polish government the seal of approval it so badly needed.

Trump’s Poland is a nation of fighters for freedom and justice who fell victim to the dictatorial conquests that ruined the land – but which survived thanks to its devotion to the values of liberty and its love of life.

In Trump’s Poland, there is no trace of the Poles who persecuted, betrayed and murdered thousands of Jews all over the country before, during and after the Nazi occupation. No trace remains of the deep-rooted anti-Semitism and venomous hatred of Jews, which they suffered throughout the period of Jewish-Polish existence even before the Nazis destroyed it.

In his speech in Warsaw, Trump mentioned Polish suffering and the Polish victims of the nation’s bloody history, but elegantly avoided the unpleasant stories of the Jewish victims of those same Polish victims.

For example, he noted the Katyn Forest massacre, where the Soviets murdered tens of thousands of Poles in 1940, but forgot to mention the massacre in Jedwabne (1941) and the pogrom in Kielce (1946), when Poles murdered their Jewish neighbors under the Nazi and Soviet occupations, respectively.

Trump didn’t bother to refer to them in a single word – and rightly so, from his point of view. That wouldn’t have been in line with his signature flattering and obsequious speeches, like the one he gave in Warsaw, in order to please his hosts.

In Trump’s Poland, the Poles were and remain the ultimate victims – of the Nazis and the Russians. But there is no mention of the Polish Jews, who were often forced to hide not only from the Nazis but also from their Polish neighbors. Therefore not surprising that Trump chose to deliver his main speech at the Warsaw Uprising Monument, which marks the 1944 Polish uprising that ended with the murder of 200,000 Poles by the Germans and the destruction of Warsaw, but skipped a visit to the famous monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt, the 1943 Jewish uprising that the Polish underground failed to join.

The fact he chose to skip a visit to the monument despite it being barely a mile away from the monument where he spoke – infuriated the local Jewish community.

In a protest declaration, they wrote that Trump is the first U.S. president since the fall of communism in 1989 who neglected to visit it. As far as they’re concerned, it’s the same as if Trump had decided to skip a visit to Yad Vashem during his visit to Israel.

Trump mentioned the main reason for the destruction of Polish Jewry (because “the Nazis systematically murdered millions of Poland’s Jewish citizens, along with countless others, during that brutal occupation”), but refrained from mentioning the secondary reason for that destruction: Those who helped the Nazis do the job, even if they themselves were suffering at their hands.

Trump noted that Poland suffered from various occupations throughout its history, primarily by the Nazi and the Soviets. But he added two sentences that are liable to discomfit quite a number of Jews whose relatives experienced the violence of Polish anti-Semites: “In those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride. Poland is a land of great heroes.”

The last two statements, referring to Polish “pride” and “great heroes,” are very true when it comes to the thousands of Polish Righteous Among the Nations, who risked their lives and saved Jews in the Holocaust – like the Ulma family from the town of Markowa, all of whom, including their six children, were murdered along with Jews they were hiding from the Nazis in their house.

But these statements are not at all true when it comes to thousands of other Poles, whose behavior toward their Jewish neighbors during World War II was the exact opposite of “great heroism.”

  1. #1 by O'Rourke on 07/07/2017 - 5:34 am

    Poland was divided roughly in half by Stalin & Hitler. Most Polish jews escaped to a warm Bolshevik welcome in the Soviet Union.

    The jews think they have a monopoly on suffering. Their patently preposterous “Holocaust” claims are monumental LIES. Anytime someone mentions the fabled “6 Million”, they should immediately be confronted & challenged over the validity of such a lie.

    Whatever suffering the jews experienced, they brought it on themselves! Their actions & behavior has always guaranteed major blowback.

  2. #2 by Jerry Gravatnik on 07/07/2017 - 5:47 am

    Trump is of German descent.
    Most German-Americans blanche at the holocaust narrative which is unsupported by forensics and historical context They view it as a defamation.
    It’s not a slight- just a failure to cow toe to narratives which are unsupportable to the exclusion of other less forensically challenged narratives (e.g. Holodomor).
    Get over it.
    You’ll be less neurotic.

  3. #3 by Vickie Jacobs on 07/07/2017 - 6:15 am

    With so few people left of the WW2 era it is interesting that there are so many holocaust survivers in great numbers left. Or so we may be led to believe…

  4. #4 by TonyFromIN on 07/07/2017 - 6:31 am

    “With so few people left of the WW2 era it is interesting that there are so many holocaust survivers in great numbers left. Or so we may be led to believe…”

    The further time passes after WWII, the more you hear about it…….

  5. #5 by Gwaredd Thomas on 07/07/2017 - 7:26 am

    The more time passes the more Holohoax “victims” there will be. Then tend to multiply like flies on a carcass.

  6. #6 by jackthewolf1017 on 07/07/2017 - 10:39 am

    No matter who dies what, Jews will complain! The world is sick and tired of the Jews!

  7. #7 by Leila Abdelmeguid on 07/07/2017 - 8:30 pm

    Here are the qualifications to be a member of the Hollerco$t Club: You must have been born before the end of WWII (1945), and you must be Jewish. That’s it. So every Jew aged 72 or older is a Holocaust survivor in this context, and eligible to receive payments.
    Seriously. There is also something called “descendants of survivors”, which is pretty much every single Jew.

  8. #8 by stlonginus on 07/07/2017 - 10:29 pm

    By WHAT yardstick do Jews think they are the arbiters of who is “righteous” among nations? Don’t make me laugh. Their Judea, Inc. ancestors killed Jesus Christ, the most unrighteous act ever perpetrated on Earth, and never repented.

  9. #9 by bikpet on 07/08/2017 - 10:37 am

    I’m a 50 yr old scotsman, I remember being in the ‘kamps’, they only put me there because I was circumcised,….which made me jewish ….it was horrific….I was gassed 6 times but survived…..the food was worse though….I am now writing a novel about the ‘facts’ of the hell I went through…..i’ll pocket the cash and then when you discover my lies i’ll place it in non-fiction….but it’s still true….and if you deny it then you are an anti semite……just ask my publishers……Books by Moloch Ltd

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