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Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Meir Grubsztein
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BOMBSHELL: Why Jews Are Quick to Assume Pogroms. Polokaust To Destroy Polish Population. Polish Aid to Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Was Sincere and Substantial

This book, based on a conference in 1968 and published back in 1971, clarifies much anti-Polonism. But to no avail: The same falsehoods about Poles and Poland keep getting repeated now 50 years later. This work also contains some little-known information, with which I begin my review:

JEWISH THINKING DRIVES JEWS BEING MADE INTO POGROM VICTIMS WITHOUT EVIDENCE!

Maimonides is quoted as saying that, if the body of a slain Jew is found by the wayside, it shall be assumed that he was slain because of his Jewishness, and he shall be called martyr. (p. 470). Rabbi Huberband went even further, quoting the Hatam Sofer, wherein if a Jew is slain by a gentile for whatever reason, as during a robbery, he is a martyr. (p. 471).

The foregoing thinking helps explain why occasional Polish killings of Jews, as during 1918-1920 and again during and immediately after WWII (e. g. Jan T. Gross, Jan Grabowski, and Barbara Engelking), are mystified and sensationalized as pogroms and anti-Semitic acts when most of them were probably ordinary crimes. In other words, Jews are prone to assume that they are the objects of anti-Semitic violence even when they are not.

THE UNFOLDING POLOKAUST: POLES WERE NEXT IN LINE FOR THE GAS CHAMBERS

During WWII, not only Jews but also Poles faced a grim fate. Erich Kulka quotes Steinmetz, asenior SS official at Auschwitz, who insisted that Hitler will still win the war, and then do to the Poles and Czechs what was done to the Jews--only more efficiently, at 50,000 victims per day. (p. 493).

JEWS STICK TOGETHER

Simon Wiesenthal criticized the lack of unity among WWII-era Jews, and compared them unfavorably with the Jews of the Middle Ages. During that time, when pirates seized a ship containing priests, merchants, and Jews, the Jews were invariably the first ones to be ransomed. (p. 97). [Perhaps such successes contributed to the notion of Jews being overly clannish, influential and powerful.]

THE PERENNIAL POLONOPHOBIC ACCUSATIONS OF THE POLISH UNDERGROUND AK (ARMIA KRAJOWA) AND NSZ KILLING FUGITIVE JEWS

Yisrael Gutman, later with Yad Vashem, levels a particularly odious Polonophobic accusation, without a shred of supporting evidence. He says that the Polish Underground had "more than a few" members who looked with satisfaction upon the Nazi destruction of the Jews. (p. 274). In contrast, Michal Borwicz, a Jewish member of the AK and Warsaw Ghetto fighter, repudiates as "distorted generalizations" accusations of the AK (A. K.) being anti-Semitic and significantly prone to kill Jews--something which, incidentally, the Communist AL (A. L) did also. (pp. 360-361). He mischaracterizes the NSZ as fascist, though he admits the fact that it had openly Jewish members (p. 350), and that the National Democrats (Endeks) had members that were sympathetic to Jews. (p. 360). Indeed. [Here we are over 50 years after the publication of this book, and the same anti-Polish rubbish, about the A. K. and NSZ killing fugitive Jews, still emanates from some Jewish circles.]

DO NOT BLAME THE POLES FOR “NOT DOING ENOUGH” TO ARM THE JEWS DURING THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING (1943)

Michal Borwicz is candid about the fact that the Jews themselves made little effort to open and maintain channels of communication with the Poles. (p. 345). He realizes that NO gentile European nationality under German occupation would have launched, or significantly participated, in a suicidal uprising at the height of the German occupation. (p. 335). As for the Polish arming of the Ghetto combatants, Borwicz comments: "It should be noted, incidentally, that (contrary to the belief of the Jewish fighters then) the A.K., too, had few weapons. From my own experience in the ranks of the Polish Underground I well knew that even at a later date the matter of the distribution of arms among the various units was one of the most difficult problems." (p. 362). He concludes: "The cooperation of the A.K. was real and substantial even though it did not measure up to the enormity of the events." (p. 347).

DO NOT BELITTLE POLISH RESCUE EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF FUGITIVE JEWS

Borwicz also rejects those who try to marginalize ZEGOTA as merely the work of a handful of altruistic individuals. He notes that it couldn't possibly have attained the ramified activities it did without active Underground support. (p. 361).
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