The best thing that ever happened to the Jews in Poland was World War II, which gave them the opportunity to get out of the shtetls in Poland and come to America.
I blogged about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/the-long-road-from-the-shetetls-of-eastern-europe-to-the-good-life-in-america-and-the-uk-via-auschwitz/
The photo below shows a house where Jews live in a shtetl called Tykosin in Poland.
According to a news article in the Wall Street Journal today, Poland has “summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest of a remark [made] by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that purported Polish responsibility for the Holocaust”
This quote is from the news article:
A mention of Poland in the same sentence with Germany as Holocaust perpetrators caused public anger here over the weekend after remarks were published by the FBI chief, James Comey, made at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 15.
“Good people helped murder millions,” Mr. Comey said, according to the FBI’s website. “And that’s the most frightening lesson of all that our very humanity made us capable even susceptible of surrendering our individual moral authority to the group, where it can be hijacked by evil. Of being cowed by those in power of convincing ourselves of nearly anything.”
“In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do,” the FBI director said.
Poland, which apologized for wartime Jewish pogroms perpetrated by some of its citizens, have for years complained the country is unfairly viewed as an accomplice to Nazi Germany when [Poland] had an anti-Nazi resistance movement so elaborate it is referred to as “an underground state.”
I previously blogged about who started World War II in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/alfred-naujocks-and-the-start-of-world-war-ii/
The first time that I went to Poland in 1998, one of my Polish tour guides pointed out to me that the term “Hitlerites” or Nazis should always be used when referring to the enemy in World War II, rather than referring to the enemy soldiers as Germans.
There were many countries that supported or collaborated with the Nazis, and many soldiers from Allied countries or neutral countries that fought in the Waffen SS, the volunteer army of Nazi Germany.
The photo below shows a memorial stone at the Plaszow concentration camp, which was featured in the movie Shindler’s List.
I wrote about the town of Jedwabne on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-lopuchowo-forest-in-poland-where-2000-jews-were-executed-by-the-nazis-during-wwii/