Given that its Monday morning in Chicago I don't know why you are not doing something pleasant with your retirement
It's actually Friday but I see your point. So, following your advice, the top on my convertible will go down in ten minutes and I will go for a little ride and a walk.
My questions are motivated by the fact that I see a lot of well informed people here who know things I don't. Over the years, I learned never to trust zealots and always ask for specifics. So many people "America" say how they hate Trump. When asked why, they are silent, pissed off, or blow you off with this profound: he is disgusting.
Now you're praising the system and apologizing for what the Soviets did to the polish nation?
I am not praising the system. I gave the system credit for the good things the system gave me.
I left 90% because my first salary in Poland was 1500zl. That was just enough to pay for the train to work and the lunches there. Or a white shirt and a pair of shoes w Domu Towarowym na Alejach Jerozolimskich. Plaszcz ortalionowy was 1800 na Chmielnej.
I would never defend communism. Or the NAZI's. Hitler would not be able to commit his crimes without the smiling and happily cooperating German public.
My curiosity about Poland is to what extent the Soviets were aided and abetted by the Poles. As I said before, neither my dad nor me were members of PZPR. Nobody insisted that we join. He was doing fine as a scientist and was allowed to travel west before I left in 1966. My last address was Nowy Swiat 47a. Not bad for a guy who is not a member of PZPR. My high school was #37 a short walk from here.
I have very little sympathy for those who would for some principle risk their lives and the fate of their families. Those who were that stupid took the risks and lost.
Bottom line: how much culpability would an objective criminal court assign to the Soviets and how much to the Polish collaborators? No, I am not expecting some deep research. Just an estimate. 50/50? 80/20? It is reasonable to assume that the Soviets alone would not be able to do all of it. Right?