On September 1st Poland presented A REPORT ON THE LOSSES SUFFERED BY POLAND AS A RESULT OF GERMAN AGGRESSION AND OCCUPATION DURING WORLD WAR II, 1939-1945. The Report consists of three volumes: Volume A - A collection of studies; Volume B - Photographic documentary; Volume C - List of atrocity sites. The download will start automatically.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

UN declassifies a document that exposes the "greatest secret" (and a lie) of WWII

After 70 years the UN declassified a document that exposes the "greatest secret" of WWII: The allies knew what was happening in Poland and did NOTHING!!!

Radio Poland: Poland's Witold Pilecki* Center for Totalitarian Studies will gain access to a World War II-era report by the Polish government-in-exile on the Nazi extermination of Poles and Jews.

The report was declassified by the United Nations War Crimes Commission in 2017 - why did it take 70 years? What was the big secret?

“The allies knew what was happening in Poland and did not take any action … they did not bomb a single train line taking wagons full of people to camps and gas chambers”.

Will that be enough? For decades Poles, both as a nation and individuals, were met with the accusations that they were anti-Semites and that WWII is the proof of that. Many celebrities, including Glenn Back, who fashioned themselves as Pro-Jewish and Holocaust scholars would ask "Why Poles would not do anything to help?"  Would that document be enough to restore an honor and good name of our fathers, mothers (that includes my Mother) and others who risk their lives to help Jews in those terrible times? Not enough? Then maybe this story will help:

Death for a loaf of bread (excerpts)
...those who aided Jews in any way risked their very lives, risked being arrested, or simply risked being deported to a concentration camp.
I went home and immediately said that there were gendarmes present and that they had stopped me, and so I quickly hid my clandestine secondary school textbooks, whereupon two Jewesses from Sadowne – Eliza and Czapkiewicz – came up to my father’s bakery. Just behind the gate, they were caught by gendarmes from the Penal Expedition, who asked from where they had bread, and they replied that from the Lubkiewiczs (…). They shot the Jewesses on the spot (…). Whereupon the gendarmes (...) barged into my parents’ house; I remember that one of them had the surname Schultz (…) He lunged at my mother, screaming: "What! You gave bread to Jews?" (He hit my mother strongly in the face with his fist, so that she staggered; in a flash, a blackish bruise appeared on her cheek). Whereafter Schultz walked up to me and kicked me with great strength with his hobnailed army boot. He next hit me with his pistol in my back, on the spine and bellowed: "Tell me that your mother gave bread to Jews!"
Schultz, enraged, now stood right in front of my mother, and started pushing her towards the door of the second chamber, some three meters away, near the dresser, shouting: "I will count to ten – if you do not admit, I will start to shoot!". He aimed his pistol at my mother, standing there in the room, and started counting.
At 10.00 p.m. on 13 January 1943 the gendarmes from the Penal Expedition shot dead my parents and my brother, beaten and exhausted, in the backyard – for saving Jews. They left me alive for I was a minor, but what is my life worth, with no health and no will to live.

* Witold Pilecki is "The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz"
Mr. Pilecki also wrote a "Witold's Report"