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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The attacks on Poland over Trump are just getting started, but they are already ugly

In my recent posts, 'Poland is Conducting a Decommunization, the EU Calls It A Coup' and 'Collusion News Network finally attacked Poland', I alerted you to the attacks on Poland that started after Trump's visit. Obviously nobody expected them to stop and the Left did not disappoint. The latest came in a form of editorial from the Kate Maltby in The Observer. 

It was bad enough to provoke a response from Polish Ambassador and the possibility of a legal action as well. Below is a copy of the letter (links are mine):

The Guardian Editors
London, 22 July 2017
Dear Sirs,

I feel I have to react in very strong terms to the article “William and Kate have been duped into endorsing Poland’s ugly nationalism” (21.07) relating to the recent visit of Their Royal Highnesses to Poland. I respect everyone’s right to express his or her political opinions but I cannot accept using historical distortions and free interpretation of facts to support claims which are simply not true.

Kate Maltby suggests, mixing in the article her own opinions with quotes of the LSE historian Prof Anita Prazmowska, that the Polish authorities chose Stutthof over Auschwitz as the Royal destination on purpose because the first memorial would demonstrate better the “Polish martyrdom”, in contrast to Auschwitz as an “uncomfortably prominent site of Jewish suffering”. First of all, I would like to emphasise that the decision to visit Gdańsk and Northern part of Poland where Stutthof is located, as well as the other sites in Warsaw, was entirely at Kensington Palace’s discretion. The Polish side was obviously consulted but didn’t wish to nor could impose its suggestions regarding the royal programme. Since Kate Maltby clearly doesn’t know much about the history of the German Nazi concentration camps, it is worth remembering that in contrast to what she writes, both Stutthof and Auschwitz were set up initially as camps for ethnic Poles. It was only after the plan of the final solution was gradually introduced during the WWII that both camps become sites of mass extermination, where killing tools on the mass scale, such as murdering prisoners in gas chambers by means of Cyclone B, where introduced. It is true that Auschwitz became the world’s symbol of the Holocaust but it doesn’t mean the suffering of the victims at the other camps of extermination - prisoners both of Polish and Jewish or of any others’ ethnicity, doesn’t deserve equal respect and commemorating. Suggesting that the Stutthof memorial doesn’t deserve a royal visit is simply outrageous and disrespectful towards its victims. So is mocking the Warsaw uprising fighters, as “doomed from the beginning”. That is what we know now after thorough historical research. The insurgents at the time certainly didn’t have enough information to understand how tragic their situation was. They believed that their fight wouldn’t last long and they would be helped by the approaching Red Army, but as we know, the Russians chose to stop their offensive on the other side of Vistula river and wait till the Poles had bled themselves to death. The insurgents certainly couldn’t know that the Soviets wouldn’t even allow RAF aircrafts carrying help to the people of Warsaw to land on the territory controlled by the Red Army. It is also a part of the history many don’t want to remember. But even if some might think the decision of starting the uprising was historically wrong, no person of good will would deny the heroism and the courage of the Warsaw insurgents. People fighting for their freedom and dignity deserve the highest respect and the Warsaw Rising Museum certainly deserved the visit by Their Royal Highnesses, for which we are very grateful. I am astonished that Kate Maltby doesn’t understand such elementary human values.

If these outrageous claims weren’t enough, Kate Maltby suggests Poland conducts “the state-sponsored Holocaust denial”, supporting these accusations with the information about manipulating school textbooks and an alleged “new laws that ban publicly insulting the Polish nation”. There is not enough space in this letter to respond in detail to such outrageous claims but I can only say that the author is completely ill-informed as there is no such a law in force in Poland. So nobody could be “harassed”, Jan Gross included, as a result of this law. There is a proposed bill which aims at penalizing attributing crimes committed by Nazi Germany to the Polish State (which did not exist at the time), or to the Polish Nation. But it does not prohibit discussing crimes committed either by individuals or groups of ethnic Poles. The bill is being now consulted with Jewish organizations in Poland. I don’t deny the author’s right to have her own views on the political situation in Poland, even though I don’t share in them, but playing down the suffering of the Stutthof’s prisoners or of the Warsaw uprising’s victims, just to prove the author’s preconceived thesis, is simply disgraceful.  Those people deserve as much respect as the other victims of the German Nazi terror. No one’s suffering is better or worst. And certainly both memorials – the Stutthof and the Warsaw Rising Museum deserved the royal visit and its victims, being commemorated by TRHs. I think Kate Maltby should be truly ashamed of her words and apologize to the former prisoners of Stutthof, and veterans of the Warsaw uprising. As for the accusations of “the state-sponsored Holocaust denial”, this ungrounded and false claim is of such gravity that I can assure you that the relevant Polish body will take appropriate legal actions.

The Polish Ambassador
Arkady Rzegocki

EN. (Previous)


8/16/17:
Third woman accuses Roman Polanski of sex attack
Ukraine Denies Supplying North Korea With Missile Technology, Alleges Russia To Blame
US general appeals to Russia for greater transparency ahead of war games
Chinese, Indian troops reportedly brawl in disputed border area
Trump Blames Both Sides for Racial Violence at Virginia Rally
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Pete Olson Spearhead Brief Backing Texas Defunding of Planned Parenthood
"They wanted us to fight." An Exclusive Look At How Virginia Police Emptied Emancipation Park
Protester Who Helped Topple Durham Statue Arrested After Admitting Her Actions At Press Conference

8/15/17:
Left-Wing Agitators Call For Escalated Tactics In Response To Charlottesville
Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site
Protesters topple Confederate soldier statue in downtown Durham
WaPo: Emails Show Trump Campaign Officials Rejecting Opportunities To Meet With Russia In 2016
Poland marks anniversary of 1920 victory over Bolsheviks
Signs of Diplomacy Appear as North Korea Delays Guam Missile Test
Rohani Says Iran Can Quit Nuclear Deal 'In Hours' If U.S. Continues 'Coercion'
UN Investigator: Enough Evidence to Convict Assad of War Crimes

8/14/17:
Venezuelan Lawmaker May Have Ordered Assassination Of Sen. Marco Rubio
China bans North Korea iron, lead, coal imports as part of U.N. sanctions
NZ confirms Australian deputy PM is dual citizen
U.S. Security Leaders Say North Korea War Not Imminent, But Danger Looms
Trump Under Sharp Attack for Failure to Denounce White Supremacists
Congressional Expert: North Korea Satellites Orbiting U.S. Could Be Used for ‘Surprise’ EMP Attack
Trump Now Explicitly Condemns Extremist, White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi Groups At Charlottesville
Witnesses Dispute Mainstream Media Account

PL. (Poprzednie)


16/8/17:
Kolejna kobieta oskarża Romana Polańskiego o napaść seksualną
"Die Welt" o Antonim Macierewiczu: facet zna swoją cenę
Australijczycy twierdzą, że wiedzą gdzie spadł MH370
Barykada z kamieni na granicy z Polską
Premier na Pomorzu: jestem po wrażeniem tego, jak ludzie się tutaj zjednoczyli
Zmiany w prawie karnym: Zabójstwo bez przedawnienia. Wraca polityka odstraszania
Polska gospodarka lekko hamuje. PKB rośnie w tempie poniżej 4 procent
To już jawny bunt sędziów?! Jest apel, aby nie obejmowali stanowisk i funkcji

15/8/17:
Korea Północna gotowa do ataku na amerykańską bazę w Guam
Iran grozi USA. Mogą wycofać się z umowy nuklearnej "nawet w ciągu kilku godzin"
Trump w sprawie Korei Północnej sięgnął po "teorię szaleńca"?
Tragedia we Francji. "Połowa samochodu w restauracji"
Merkel o relokacji uchodźców: nie można się wykupić pieniędzmi
Święto Wojska Polskiego. Msza za ojczyznę i defilada w Warszawie
Premier Beata Szydło na terenach zniszczonych przez nawałnice
Wojsko rusza na pomoc poszkodowanym, premier jedzie na tereny zniszczone przez nawałnice

14/8/17:
Wiceprezydent USA: możliwe pokojowe rozwiązanie kryzysu w Wenezueli
Ogień trawi Grecję. Pożary wybuchły w pobliżu kurortów
Były kanclerz Niemiec kandydatem na dyrektora Rosnieftu. "Od lat jest przyjacielem Putina"
Politycy PiS widywali się z sędziami Trybunału Konstytucyjnego
Trybunał Konstytucyjny wydał dwa oświadczenia ws. materiałów prasowych
Tak źle nie było od lat. Tylko 410 tys. euro za konie na aukcji Pride of Poland w Janowie Podlaskim
Tygodnik „Sieci” o katastrofie smoleńskiej: Na tropie trotylu
Zdecydowana większość Polaków chce zwiększenia budżetu MON i liczebności armii
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