Here’s a passionate op-ed in the NYT, reminding us that Poland can’t whitewash its history during German Nazi occupation. Poland could learn from liberal policies in Germany and Austria. Let’s face it, Poland’s move to the right brings back fear of deep-rooted prejudice. Thoughts?
Dr Alf is right.
The Poles cannot whitewash their history vis a vis the Holocaust but neither can the British and American governments which deliberately failed to order the bombing of the railway lines leading to the extermination camps.
Churchill the wartime leader so lionised in British history and Roosevelt were both responsible for this but very little is taught in either British or American schools about this policy.
My own father saw the policy in action as young conscript in the Italian Army at the age of 20 in German occupied France.
He rescued 3 cattle cars packed with Jewish people and led them to safety in French stone church.
He knew enough German to get these people to run with him whilst a Lancaster bomber circled overhead and then dropped its payload of 500 pound bombs on the station where SS guards and fierce dogs were waiting to escort the death train and the unfortunates in the cattle cars.
Dr Alf and others can look at the records of World War 2 and see that in 6 years not one set of railway lines to a concentration camp or extermination camp was ever bombed or mined or attacked thus allowing 6 million Jews and 1 million gypsies to be gassed and killed preceding cremation.