/ Israel opposing potential new Polish law to criminalise term 'Polish death camps'
Peace and love my friends.. Here's a nice tribute video of a trully great global role model for human peace and love - Nelson Mandela. .youtube.com/watch?v=BGS7SpI7obY
In the end it is the purveyors of love who will be remembered fondly and with respect. Those who trade in hate and ignorance will be consigned to the garbage bin of history. Poles have become one of the most despised immigrant groups in the UK just because of the tendency towards hatred and bigotry you see in too many.
@Ironside - It is true the relationship between Jews and Poles was often poor (though certainly not always - why did so many Poles save Jews?) before the war. Of course Jews should have some responsibility as they tended to isolate themselves and frown on integration with "gentiles".... Especially orthodox jews who even in Israel, have little respect and don't integrate with secular /atheist jews. You can imagine what it would be like in shtetl's with orthodox jews and catholic polish villagers living side by side. Not easy. So yes, orthodox jews are not an easy group to live side by side with even for secular jews! Of course, that's no execuse for what happened during the war!
I suggest you read this interesting account of a Jewish family living in Poland from around end of 19th century. It presents the positives and negatives of the Polish experience in quite a balanced way.
Not all Jews fit the stereotype of being rich, stingy, usurous, yadayada. There are millions of poor young jews today who are struggling in the same way as poor young Poles. High cost of living, lack of jobs etc. It is true that culturally Jews worked harder than Poles in Poland. Immigrants always do. Go and see Polish immigrants in london for ex. In Poland, they would have often excelled leading to resentment among the Polish natives. Basically jealousy is what mainly fuelled antisemtism. Even amongst Polish catholic families there is high jealousy of each other let alone of strangers. Certainly if you listen to holocaust survivor testimonials (some married Poles after the war by the way...) this is the common refrain - that the Poles just couldn't handle the success of some jews.
Regarding Poles who murdered jews or gave them up for some paltry Nazi rewards, of course no one can name these Poles as the jews who they gave up are dead. Here is an interesting account estimating 200.000 jews died this way and there is no acknowledgement of this in Poland. It's all brushed under the carpet.