Home of a Holocaust Historian in Poland Vandalized

…While the Polish government was making it illegal to attribute any collusion by Poles with Nazi Death Camps.


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❝ The home of an Italian tour guide and Holocaust historian was vandalized in the city of Krakow, Poland, on Friday…as tensions rise in Poland following the adoption of a new law restricting speech about the Holocaust.

The guide, Diego Audero, told Polsat Media that he found a Star of David and the slogan “Poland for the Poles” written in Polish on the door of his apartment, and “Auswitz [sic] for Poland guide!!” scrawled in English on the wall. A police investigation is underway…

❝ The current fight in Poland over the history of the Holocaust centers largely around how death camps such as Auschwitz are remembered. In February, Poland enacted a law aimed at making it a crime to call them “Polish death camps” — because they were run by Nazi Germany in occupied Polish territory, and many Poles feel the phrase blames them for the deaths in a war that claimed the lives of 6 million Polish citizens.

But the law is so broadly written that historians, Jewish groups, and the Israeli and US governments worry it could punish anyone who discusses the multiple anti-Semitic acts committed by some Polish citizens during the war.

RTFA. The “Our hands are clean” crowd hasn’t disappeared. The saddest part of this is the government ignores the many courageous Poles who risked all to save the lives of many Jews – especially after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April, 1943.

10 thoughts on “Home of a Holocaust Historian in Poland Vandalized

  1. Santayana says:

    Kanał (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkanaw], Sewer) is a 1956 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It was the first film made about the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, telling the story of a company of Home Army resistance fighters escaping the Nazi onslaught through the city’s sewers. Kanał is the second film of Wajda’s War Trilogy, preceded by A Generation and followed by Ashes and Diamonds. The film was the winner of the Special Jury Award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.
    “Kanal”, opening shot (4:18) http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/410627/Kanal-Movie-Clip-Warsaw-Uprising.html Entire movie http://yify.onl/watch-kanal-online-free-yify/

    • Update says:

      Two Polish historians are facing a libel trial for a scholarly examination of Polish behavior during World War II, a case whose outcome is expected to determine the fate of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government.
      https://apnews.com/article/world-news-world-war-ii-trials-poland-germany-f49788cd4ec3e3d161beaa75ba0df7da
      A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on Feb. 9 in the case against Barbara Engelking, a historian with the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw, and Jan Grabowski, a professor of history at the University of Ottawa.
      It is the first closely watched Holocaust speech case since Poland sought to pass a law in 2018 that would have criminalized the act of falsely blaming Poland for Germany’s Holocaust crimes. Those criminal penalties were dropped in favor of civil penalties after the legislation sparked a major diplomatic dispute with Israel.
      The current case is instead a civil libel case tried under a pre-existing law, yet many scholars believe it will set an important precedent for freedom of Holocaust research.

  2. Joe says:

    “Medic who documented Nazi camp horror dies at 93” https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/08/health/world-war-ii-medic-anthony-acevedo-obit/index.html “Anthony C. Acevedo was a World War II medic and one of 350 US soldiers held in a Nazi slave labor camp. His journal proved critical in documenting the deaths and atrocities inside the camp. He would become the first Mexican-American ever recognized as a Holocaust survivor. He kept one brutality secret, though, until the final months of his life. At 93, his final words were: “How life tells a story.”
    Anthony Acevedo’s journal and papers catalogued by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn42600#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&xywh=21%2C56%2C574%2C514

  3. Romek Strzałkowski says:

    Anger as Poland plans law that will stop Jews reclaiming wartime homes : Daughter of Holocaust survivor pledges to continue her fight for family property seized by Nazi occupiers https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/01/anger-as-poland-plans-law-that-will-stop-jews-reclaiming-wartime-homes
    Before the second world war, there were more than 3 million Jews living in Poland, the largest community in Europe. About 90% were killed in the Holocaust, many in the Nazi death camps. Now the Jewish population of Poland is about 10,000.
    Since the fall of communist Europe in 1989, most countries in the former Soviet bloc have taken steps to provide restitution and compensation to their pre-war Jewish citizens. Poland is the only major country that has not implemented such a program – and now it is on the verge of making recompense even harder.
    In the coming weeks, a new law is expected to pass its final stages in the Polish parliament that will set a 30-year time limit on legal challenges over confiscated properties, in effect axing thousands of claims.
    Last week, the US said the legislation “would cause irreparable harm to both Jews and non-Jews by effectively extinguishing claims for restitution and compensation of property taken during the Holocaust that was subsequently nationalized during the communist period”. https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-europe-middle-east-religion-poland-33d7c9023551a4094d3e703749ad95a1

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