Consider other perspectives on Poland

Consider other perspectives on Poland

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Allow me to thank you for Ben Cohen’s fairly balanced op-ed “Truth is not selective: Poland vs. Netlix.” The only reservation I have about Mr. Cohen’s article is his information regarding the Institute of National Remembrance bill from 2017. The law was unclear in some details and was changed just a couple of months after it was established.

I would also like to refer to the last section of Mr. Cohen’s article and the letter to the editor signed by Dotty Weisberg published on Nov. 22. We understand the extremely painful memories associated with 20th century history by the Jewish people, but we humbly ask that you consider other perspectives as well.

The death camps were established by Nazi Germany in the territory of conquered and occupied Poland because our country was home to the largest Jewish community before the war in Europe, incomparable to any other European country.

For this reason also, it was Poles who most often helped Jews during the war, evidenced in the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel, where nearly 7,000 trees were planted to honor Poles who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Unfortunately, there were also many cases of Poles betraying Jews during the Holocaust.

However, we do not agree with the accusation that Poland is responsible for the Holocaust. The idea of the Holocaust and its death apparatus were not invented nor carried out by Poles.

Anti-Semitism before the war was not unique to Poland and it is not unique today. But in today’s Poland, there are no cases of physical aggression against Jews. In my country synagogues are not specially protected by the police and they are not burned to the ground.

Robert Szaniawski
Minister-Counselor, Spokesperson
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C.

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