ust a question: why can't you Poles accept things you've done wrong in the past WITHOUT saying: "yeah, but THEY..." ? It sounds so childish, you know.
Because of incidents like this?
Witold Pilecki, one of Polands greatest heroes who risked his life on numerous occations and in the end paid the ultimate price, by jewish hands, for trying to rescue them during the German occupation. He even volunteered being sent to Auschwitz undercover where he set up resistance groups and where he gathered information about the ill-treatment and murders of poles and jews. He escaped and sent his intelligence report to the allies, who refused to believe him and left the Auschwitz camp unscratched. Maybe you should blame them a bit more for what happened there, after all they KNEW.
The same people he tried to save from torture and certain death, put a bullet in his head after the war as, "thanks". How can you trust a people that will do this to you?
"Ten days later, on May 25, 1948, Witold Pilecki was executed at Warsaw's Mokotów Prison on ulica Rakowiecka (Rakowiecka Street) by Staff Sergeant Piotr Smetanski. Nicknamed by the prisoners the "Butcher of the Mokotow Prison," Smetanski is believed to have been paid 1,000 Polish Zloty for each execution he carried out. Smetanski emigrated from Poland to Israel in 1968.
Willing executioners of Poland's finest men escapes to Israel...no trial for this man.
Who gave the order to kill Pilecki?
"General Roman Romkowski (born Natan Grinszpan-Kikiel) (May 22, 1907 - July 1, 1961) was a Polish communist, and second in command (deputy minister) in Poland's Ministry of Public Security (MBP) during the 1940s and the beginning of the 1950s. A Jew, he was responsible for the workings of departments: Ist (counter-espionage), VIIth (espionage), Xth security in PPR/PZPR, and more.
"Józef Różański (b. Józef Goldberg) (1907, Warsaw - 1981, Warsaw) was a communist activist in Poland, member of Soviet NKVD and Polish communist Ministry of Public Security of Poland. Born into a Polish Jewish family in Warsaw, active in the Communist Party of Poland before WWII, he joined NKVD and later, Polish communist security apparatus. Involved in torturing opponents of the state (including anti-communist activists and more liberal communists), he gained notoriety as one of the most brutal secret police interrogators. He personally administered torture to Witold Pilecki, one of the Righteous Among Nations. Arrested in 1953, and sentenced in 1957 to 15 years in prison, Różański was released in 1964, having served seven years.
Pilecki was REPEATEDLY TORTURED befor the "trial", and then executed with some of his friends and martyrs of the polish nation. Do you think the execution was carried out with dignity? Do you think, Pilecki and his friends were given time to talk to their families and have a dignified end to their lives? From what we know executions in the communist controlled areas were swiftly done, without any dignity. Bodies dumped into pits or holes and then just filled up.
"His place of burial has never been found. He is thought to have been buried in an unmarked grave near Warsaw's Powązki Cemetery's garbage dump
THIS IS WHY I DON'T GET ALL EMOTIONAL EVERY TIME A JEW CRIES HIS TEARS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST. I save my tears for my own hero's and my own kind first.
Maregaea, there are hundreds, if not thousands of stories like this, not with highly decorated and brave soldiers like Pilecki and his men, but with ordinary men and women, young and old, who sacrificed their lives for a free Poland, to not only save themselves, but also the jews. After the war, this is what they were repaid with.