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March 16, 2017

Jedwabne, a little town in Poland, where Jews were killed

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 1:53 pm

I have written about Jedwabne on my website; the following quote is from my website:

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A similar case, in which SS soldiers were wrongly blamed, was a massacre that took place in the Polish town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941 during the German invasion of the Soviet Union. 1600 Jews in the town were viciously murdered by the Polish residents, two weeks after the German soldiers had left. Innocent men, women and children were forced into a barn and then burned alive. The perpetrators claimed that they had been ordered by the Germans to commit this crime, but a trial in 1949 proved that this was a lie.

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I have also previously written about Jedwabne on my blog:

The little Polish town of Jedwabne is mentioned in this news article today:

The following quote is from today’s news article:

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JERUSALEM — A prominent Polish historian presented evidence Wednesday about Polish villagers’ widespread killing of Jews fleeing Nazis during World War II, touching a raw nerve in a country still grappling with its role during the Holocaust.

The research is likely to irk the nationalist Polish government, which has taken aim at those seeking to undermine its official stance that Poles were only heroes in the war, not collaborators who committed heinous crimes.

In launching the English-language version of her 2011 book, “Such a Beautiful Sunny Day,” Barbara Engelking details dozens of cases of everyday Poles raping Jewish women and bludgeoning Jews to death with axes, shovels and rocks. The book, which came out in Polish under the previous government, takes its title from the last words of a Jew pleading with peasants to spare his life before he was beaten and shot to death. It offers a searing indictment of Polish complicity that will now reach a far wider audience.

This is the caption on the photo:WARSAW – 1943: A Jew is stopped in April 1943 by German soldiers after the rising of the ghetto of Warsaw during the second world war. On more than 300.000 Jews which the ghetto counted, the majority died of hunger, disease or were off-set in concentration camp. In Jew is arrested by German soldiers in April 1943 after the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto during WW2. When the Nazis set up the ghetto in 1940, it held more than 300.000 Jews. Two years later most of them has either died from starvation gold disease gold been carted off to year extermination camp. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images

The following quote is also from the news article:

Barbara Engelking, a prominent Polish historian unearthed new evidence Wednesday about Polish villagers’ widespread killing of Jews fleeing Nazis during World War II.

“The responsibility for the extermination of Jews in Europe is borne by Nazi Germany,” she writes. “Polish peasants were volunteers in the sphere of murdering Jews.”

For decades, Polish society avoided discussing such killings or denied that Polish anti-Semitism motivated them, blaming all atrocities on the Germans. A turning point was the publication of a book, “Neighbors,” in 2000 by Polish-American sociologist Jan Tomasz Gross, which explored the murder of Jedwabne’s Jews by their Polish neighbors and resulted in widespread soul-searching and official state apologies.

But since the conservative and nationalistic Law and Justice party consolidated power in 2015, it has sought to stamp out discussion and research on the topic. It has demonized Gross and investigated him on whether he had slandered the country by asserting that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during the war – a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.

Despite the current climate, Engelking said she had no fear of recriminations and proudly took on the government’s historical revisionism.

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  1. it was actually a very tragic history…Less than three weeks after the arrival of the Germans, on July 10, the mayor of Jedwabne, Marian Karolak, and the German gendarmerie gave the orders for the roundup of the town’s Jews. These included both Jewish residents of Jedwabne and those from surrounding towns who had sought refuge there.One group of Jews was taken to a barn that had been emptied out for the purpose, and murdered there and immediately buried. Later in the day, a second group was brought to the same barn and burned to death.The investigation carried out in 2000-2002 by the Polish Institute of National Memory (IPN, in its Polish acronym) concluded that “at least 340” people were murdered, whereas the 1949 trial for treason of local perpetrators spoke of a figure of 1,500.

    Comment by Albert Trotter — April 11, 2017 @ 10:20 am

  2. Jedwabne is an antipolish chutzpa so far. It is not known what really happened there. Several years ago prof. A. Kola started archeological work, but it was stopped because of Jewish opinion that such works are in conflict with Jewish law (it’s not true). All what was found in graves, points that this crime could have been initiated and mainly done by German soldiers.

    Comment by Robert Szewczyk — March 26, 2017 @ 6:41 pm

  3. Few days before Jedwabne the Poles find out about this: german Hitler invasion on Stalin`s Soviet Russia revealed it So called “the World” very often mistake this with Jewish pogrom in Lwów, showing Polish victims of massacres as victims of Jewish pogrom. No so called Holocaust museums even mention that. Jedwabne was pimple to this. And until now it`s not certain if Jedwabne was done by Poles or Germans. Investigation was interrupted by Jewish side when bullets were found in two graves. [there are English subtitles]. Civilian Poles after Soviet occupation had no weapons. When you mention it time to restart exhumation again you are called antisemite. And Jews say that we Poles don`t want to learn about our history. Typical chutzpah [in polish meaning scam – different to Jewish meaning of that word] And writing about 1600 victims is total bullshit. Gross`es book are lies of Jewish Polonofob.

    Comment by bite yer legs (@horsefish57) — March 17, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

  4. Ahh the innocent Jews of Poland. Of course none of them supported the Soviet invasion of Poland or acted as a fifth column. No…

    Comment by Schlageter — March 17, 2017 @ 3:59 am

    • Yes the slanted version presented by the ever suffering Jews is incessantly shoved down the public’s throat. To get exposure to another or more balanced view is very difficult and limited and is getting harder by the day. The Lobby’s skewed view has a hammer lock on the establishment media. Unless your point is too vague or indirect for the gate keepers to grasp you can’t even get a letter to the editor published.That wasn’t good enough for them, they bullied Google into manipulating their search engine to favour the lobby’s questionable version, even if you requested an entirely different article. Amazon has capitulated into proscribing publications that the lobby doesn’t want the public to see. With their success with Amazon and the Google search engine they now are pressuring Google, and i assume others, to totally purge material they wished didn’t exist.

      Comment by John Mortl — March 19, 2017 @ 8:55 am

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