It's Officially Now Illegal To Accuse Poland Of Complicity In Nazi War Crimes

Authored by Geneviève Zubrzycki via TheConversation.com,

On Jan. 26, the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Polish parliament voted in favor of a bill making it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes.

‘Anti-Semitism is treatable’ – a banner at a Warsaw demonstration.

This caused immediate outrage around the world and nowhere more so than in a country that has been, until now, a close ally of Poland: Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the bill as “distortion of the truth, the rewriting of history and the denial of the Holocaust.

And yet, 10 days later, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, signed the bill into law retorting that “the historic truth is that there was no systematic institutionalized participation among Poles [in the Holocaust].”

What is happening? Why, over 70 years since the end of the Second World War, is this argument taking place?

I am a sociologist who has studied controversies around the memory of the Holocaust in Poland. For me, this dispute is more than a crisis in Polish-Jewish relations. It is, above all, a crisis in Poland’s national identity.

The memory of World War II in Poland

This is not the first time the Poles have legislated against what they see as defamation of Poland’s record in World War II, but it is certainly the most wide-reaching. Under this new law, the punishment for people claiming that “the Polish Nation or the Republic of Poland is responsible or co-responsible for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich” carries a possible prison sentence of up to three years.

The timing of the vote was no accident. The government used the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day as a platform to denounce the misnomer “Polish death camps” that some - including former President Barack Obama - have used to refer to Nazi concentration camps in occupied Poland.

The Polish government, along with other Polish organizations, has been fighting the use of that expression in foreign media for several years, and with considerable success. Most American newspapers and other major media outlets have updated their stylebooks to stop those words being used.

Nevertheless, given the growing controversy, the German minister of foreign affairs took it upon himself to declare that the Germans bore the entire responsibility for the extermination camps. But then he added that “the actions of individual collaborators do not alter that fact.”

And therein lies the rub.

Many Poles find it difficult to accept they could have played a role in the Holocaust. That is because, unlike many other nations, the Polish state did not collaborate with the Nazis. Considered an inferior race by the Nazis, Poles were targeted for cultural extermination to facilitate German expansion to the East. Polish elites were systematically murdered. Tens of thousands of Poles were imprisoned in concentration camps or were forced into slave labor.

The Old Town burns during the Warsaw Uprising, August 1944. Museum of Warsaw

Poland’s losses in World War II were enormous: Approximately 6 million Polish citizens were killed in the war, over half of whom were Jewish. Warsaw was left in ruins, and its 1944 uprising alone cost the lives of about 150,000 citizens.

The dominant Polish narrative of World War II is, therefore, about victimhood, which fits squarely into its broader national mythology of martyrdom.

Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855) Unknown

Repeatedly invaded by its powerful neighbors, the Polish state disappeared from the European map for over a century – from 1795 to 1918. Poland’s national bard, the 19th century poet Adam Mickiewicz, described his country as a “Christ among nations.” In this telling Poles are a chosen people, innocent sufferers at the hands of evil oppressors.

“Revelations” of crimes committed against Jews by Poles tarnish this narrative and shake Polish national identity to its core.

Narrative shock

The fact is, however, as historians have shown, crimes committed against Jews by Poles were much more prevalent and widespread than most people realized.

Perhaps the most controversial and impactful research is that of the Polish-born Princeton University professor, Jan T. Gross.

In his 2000 book “Neighbors,” Gross recounts in painful detail the violent murders of Jews by their ethnically Polish neighbors in the small town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941.

The book marked a watershed in the public debate about Polish-Jewish relations.

On July 10, 2001, roughly a year after the publication of Gross’ book, the Polish government acknowledged the murders and erected a monument at the site where several hundred Jews were forcibly brought to a barn and burned alive. Although the monument’s inscription fails to explicitly indicate that it was ethnic Poles and not Germans who committed the crime, the official apology by then-President Aleksander Kwaśniewski was unequivocal. “Here in Jedwabne,” he said, “citizens of the Republic of Poland died at the hands of other citizens of the Republic of Poland.”

The Jedwabne memorial. Genevieve Zubrzycki, Author provided

Such was the shock the story of Jedwabne caused that it is possible to distinguish between Poland “before and after” the appearance of Gross’ book. As leading Catholic journalist Agnieszka Magdziak Miszewska put it: “Facing up to the painful truth of Jedwabne is … the most serious test that we Poles have had to confront in the last decade.”

Law and Justice’s politics of history

It is that test, arguably, that the ruling Law and Justice party is failing.

In the battle over Polish collective memory, the party has been promoting the stories of the Poles who rescued Jews – and who are honored by Israel as the “Righteous Among Nations” – by creating museums and monuments in their name.

Through the new “Holocaust Law,” the government is, in effect, trying to repress knowledge of crimes committed against Jews by Poles. The defense of the law, however, goes one step further. In a remarkable case of what I would describe as manipulating the message, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki issued a video statement claiming that it is the Poles who are the guardians of historical truth and fighters against hatred.

And yet, the same politicians remain silent when their supporters express anti-Semitic and anti-refugee views. On Feb. 5, for example, demonstrators impatient for President Duda to sign the Holocaust law gathered in front of the Presidential Palace chanting anti-Semitic slogans and demanding that he “remove [his] yarmulke and sign the law!”

The president did sign the law, but he also sent it to the country’s constitutional court for examination.

Those Poles opposed to the law – and there are many, judging by the number of organizations and public figures denouncing it and the number of petitions circulating – hope that it will be deemed unconstitutional because it represses freedom of speech and could significantly curtail academic research.

Regardless of the ultimate outcome, however, the government’s politics of history will continue to be waged on many other fronts. What is at stake, in my view, is nothing less than the definition of Polish national identity. This is why, for all the international outrage, the controversy about the Holocaust law is hottest inside Poland, among Poles who are now debating what it means to be Polish and where Poland is going.

Comments

Joe Trader Dame Ednas Possum Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:53 Permalink

This article is extremely substandard for ZH & the author's "reaching" for whatever anti-Polish propaganda she could think of.

I'd say this response published by FT is much more reasonable: https://www.ft.com/content/af621ae2-0ce6-11e8-8eb7-42f857ea9f09

The issue is that Western Main Stream Media has been spreading truly fake news by calling them "Polish concentration camps" - this is just factually wrong and this law addresses that. (Stay tuned for more actions against left-wing media outlets in Poland - which is literally working closely with Hungary's Orban to implement many of the changes made in Hungary to fight leftists)

Another give-away is how this author mentions a lack of support for refugees in Poland - public polls show that Poland has some of the highest opposition to economic migrants in all of Europe!  so that tells one how extremely out of touch she is with politics in Poland!

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giovanni_f Joe Trader Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:40 Permalink

In short,

- Antisemitism was and is strongest in Poland and Ukraine

- Reason: Territorial rulers there gave Jews the task to extract taxes from their subjects

- Rabbis had total jurisdiction over their Jewish subjects; converting to Christianity was punishable with a death sentence 

- Antisemitism was contained where there was a strong central power such as in Austria and Russia

- In the 19th century, Jews were converting to Christianity as soon as they could leave the totalitarian Rabbi hellholes, in e.g. Galicia.

I recommend "Jewish History, Jewish Religion" by Israel Shahak to get a grip on the origins of Antisemitism in East Europe. 

https://www.amazon.com/Jewish-History-Religion-Israel-Shahak/dp/0745308…

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Joe Trader giovanni_f Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:49 Permalink

To each their own, but I consider your comment very rude and uncivilized.

Poland was one of the few, if not the only country to live peacefully with Jews for many generations, and tens of thousands of Poles were executed for sheltering Jews.

This is the truth, it's important to be sorry - but it's also important to accept an apology. Do to others what you'd have done to yourself. This is the ultimate truth.

If you want to show up here and campaign against Poles - all that does is rehash old wounds. This fight is one that's against liberal MSM, all over the western world which is making false statements. You need to quit beating your drum, and realize that the Polish government regrets what was done to the Jews, and that this law merely is meant to do something against the lies being spread by fake news.

It's wrong for you to come here and talk down to Poles without hearing what this is all about, and push your agenda on us.

 

 

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fleur de lis ACP Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:52 Permalink

Maybe the Poles are just sick and tired of being force-fed Holocaust lessons day in and day out at every turn.

Two or three generations have passed and the current population has to contend with serious issues every day, and they don't want to be shackled to the past.

If the Israelis want to remain eternal victims so be it, but other people have to get on with life.

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ProstoDoZiemi Joe Trader Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:44 Permalink

I agree to this, you can still find a lot of preserved documents pre war that illustrate this. By accident I found documents just before the war where my parents were from and the the village was predominately Jewish, never knew, and you can see it in the villages coat of arms. Then I branched out past the village and tried finding documents on peripheral villages towns and cities, and the outcome was the same .

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giovanni_f Joe Trader Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:53 Permalink

"To each their own, but I consider your comment very rude and uncivilized."

--> Never a good idea to start a comment on ZH with a PC lecture & the good ol' character assassination trick   

"Poland was one of the few, if not the only country to live peacefully with Jews for many generations, and tens of thousands of Poles were executed for sheltering Jews."

--> no idea where you take this from. As you don't address the content of my post in any meaingful way I'd rather debate a drugged up ISIS millennial than a triggered AIPAC snowflake

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acepl78 giovanni_f Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:47 Permalink

Never a good idea to start a comment on ZH with a PC lecture & the good ol' character assassination trick

Tend to agree. But have you thought about what you wrote? No excuse from me, but I understand.

 no idea where you take this from. As you don't address the content of my post in any meaingful way I'd rather debate a drugged up ISIS millennial than a triggered AIPAC snowflake

Maybe then it's time to improve your knowledge?

Jews lived in Poland for a very long time. They were even protected under the Kings' decrees to some extent. They were given a lot of autonomy. Proof? The Germans build camps there why? Right.

They were never given authority over Poles - neither gentry nor peasantry. That was, actually, some of the conditions on which they were allowed to govern themselves to a high degree. Discrimination? Maybe. I'd say as close to a book definition of tolerance as you could find, even today.

As for antisemitism you imply - It is interesting to note that in POland synagogues are being built. Elsewhere in Europe and in the woirld they burn...

 

Nuff said.

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Tarkus Joe Trader Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:15 Permalink

Regardless of who is right, criminalizing speech is wrong.

As much as it disgusts me that we live in a 'post-truth' age, where one is right mostly by virtue of being the loudest victim or having the most pervasive propaganda machine, to criminalize speech is not only more terrifying but just as dangerous as spreading lies. Haven't people gotten tired of the same victim game, by the same playbook, involving largely the same actors and usually with the same outcome?

Heh, the folly of having the state legislating truth.

Freedom is 'merely' dying one law at a time.

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SoDamnMad Tarkus Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:11 Permalink

Criminalizing speech is wrong. Correct  So tell me why Germany, Austria and Italy will arrest, prosecute and incarcerate you for questioning engineering facts about the gas chambers, crematoriums, and the presence of telltale signs of cyanide gas use? To say nothing using the word "Joo" in this questioning. 

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Déjà view giovanni_f Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:51 Permalink

"Polish state disappeared from the European map for over a century – from 1795 to 1918."

If still the case...Poles would not need to apply for $160 A$$ licking U.S. VISA!

More Poles Are Now Moving to Germany Than the U.K.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-18/more-poles-are-now-m…

"Public polls show that Poland has some of the highest opposition to economic migrants in all of Europe!"

Poles are Western Euro-P-on "economic migrants"...not welcome anymore in U.K. and of course...U.S.A. (G...wonder why?)

If you have ever been arrested or convicted for any crime or offense, please bring a recent copy of a good conduct certificate and court records detailing your conviction. If the criminal offense took place in Poland, you should contact the National Criminal Register Information Office at Czerniakowska Street 100 in Warsaw (see map) to request a good conduct certificate. If the criminal offense took place outside of Poland, you should bring a good conduct certificate/police record and court records issued by governmental authorities of the country where the offense occurred. Documents should be translated into English.

The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is $160. This includes tourist,

http://ustraveldocs.com/pl/pl-niv-typeb1b2.asp

Careful...CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS...LOL!

$160 U.S. VISA APPLICATION FEE contributes to another criminal organization...NATO...Polish gals prefer men in uniform...

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ProstoDoZiemi Déjà view Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:08 Permalink

When, during the late 90's and early 00's. Poles are very good with construction by productivity and quality. They will work 12-15 hours a day for a good wage to save and take back to home. Most of the Poles that came here during that time frame bounced before housing bubble popped. Some that I used to talk to worked here anywhere from 2 to 3 years and were able to save up enough to buy a house when they went back. And of course they came en masse here because of the easy paper work and the exchange rate at the time.

That's pretty damn smart if you ask me. And recently they were doing the same working in Ireland and Sweden.

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HRClinton giovanni_f Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:09 Permalink

Seems like it's worth spending <$15 for a serious book on 3,000 years of Jewish history.

Here is one review...

The Real Jewish Religion

By john thameson February 24, 2013

"Many Jewish dissidents throughout the centuries have opened the Pandora's Box of the real Jewish religion. Nicholas Donin, the Rabbi Pfferkorn, etc. Israel Shahak is the latest to reveal (if only partially) the true nature of the Talmudic teachings. The usual excuses of mistaken interpretation, passages taken out of context, etc. shall be trotted out. Nevertheless, the dual logic and anti-gentile passages are there for all to ponder.

Shahak had the good fortune to write in the age of the internet so that the usual techniques of obfuscation and suppression are less effective than in past centuries. Nevertheless, as always in these matters, there will be initial hysteria followed by bury the dirt. Those who read Shahakk should also read Pranaitis, Eisenmenger, etc. to get a fuller flavor of the ugly matters under discussion. They might also look at Benjamin Freedman's "Facts Are Facts".

But the real truths about Orthodox Judaism are fully documented. Shahak, to his credit, has driven one more nail into the coffin of a thoroughly disgusting and degenerate religion."

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greenspanator HRClinton Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:08 Permalink

Yeah Nazi collaborators, take a look at how Warsaw ended up after the Polish revolt.

Regarding Jews, even Jews collaborated with the Nazis, for example, Gerge Soros. But trying to make Poles look like nazi collaborators is plainly malevolent and shows how your miserable life revolves around your Jew overlords.

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spencer FoggyWorld Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:32 Permalink

There is just one problem with that book. It described events that were not true. There are still alive witnesses that testified against Gross and his book. One of the witnesses lives in Canada. There was a movie about it. I listened to what that witness said. Gross is a liar. This article is not only biased - it serves just one argument - and above all - a false argument. There are liars out there. Now the liars will be prosecuted.

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SoDamnMad ProstoDoZiemi Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:24 Permalink

The Auschwitz museum "gas chamber" which guides show and tell you is authentic was reconstructed because it was an air rid shelter at the end of the war. There is no documentation to justify the modification; rather it was done using the "recollections" of individuals. This is a dishonest way to show visitors the place where the evil was allegedly done in 1941-42. The reconstruction was done by the Soviets after the war to throw blame at the Germans.  See

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoGu1pT2QwY

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Lorca's Novena SoDamnMad Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:02 Permalink

Visited that place in the 90's, even before I was redpilled, I asked why was the place so small (the entire compound), and I remember the so-called "gas" chamber being nothing more than a 10x15 room somewhere in the middle of the compound. Why would the (((evil gas chamber))) be in the middle or where it would be visible for all to see? Also the so called ovens..Ive seen pizza ovens bigger than those... Common sense tells us its all bullshit lies for the chosenites to have some sort of upper hand.

There was a small "execution" wall that had holes in it which was explained to us as bullet holes...more bullshit. I almost got kicked out of that place for mocking it...

 

The room full of hair- was told it was from dead people. Again, I asked about lice and shaving the hair...

 

Fucking LIES

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NumbersUsa Common_Law Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:39 Permalink

This is sick. this poor poor jew stuff is nauseating. They (jews) have collectively caused more bloodshed and destruction than any other entity in the history of the world-FACT.

What about the "Holodomor" the mass killing of Polish & Ukranian Christians by the murderous jews.

What about the wholesale slaughter of Poles & Germans by the blood thirsty jew bolshviks, & jew commisar led nkvd?

The jew supremacists are the Enemy of the entire world-Period.

 

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HRClinton NumbersUsa Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:34 Permalink

You make it sound as though they are the Hostis Humanis (Enemy of Mankind).

Here is a re-post from a couple of months ago...

HRClinton E.F. Mutton Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:11 Permalink

Little known facts about Finance, Criminals and Terrorists, that's ignored & suppressed by Academia, the MSM and the Governments:

1. By far the most common currency used by criminals and terrorists, is the USD. Then the EUR. The remaining ones are chump-change, by comparison.

2. By far the most powerful and dangerous Criminal consortium, is the Private Cartel of fiat Bankers, that have hijacked the Central Banks of almost all countries.  They are led and dominated by the Supreme Leader: The US Federal Reserve and its hidden, private shareholders.

They are the"Enemy of Mankind", that must be eliminated for the good of all mankind ("Hostis humanis generis. Delenda est").

Just an opinion.

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Heros HRClinton Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:09 Permalink

Thats a pretty weak argument because jews, who represent perhaps 2% of the population also represent probably 80% of those CB bankers.

So there are non-jews in on this talmudic conspiracy.  Quel Surprise.  It has always been that way because there are always evil people who are willing to sell out.  Churchill would be a prime example. 

Only when jews are proportionally under represented can their presence and influence in any group be given the benefit of the doubt, if for no other reason than that jews are clanish and hate goyim and would never join a group of goyim without some ulterior motive.

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Heros Dame Ednas Possum Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:41 Permalink

The Polish zio-cucks have no problem blaming germans for the war that they themselves could easily have prevented, but still insist on hiding from jewish culpability.  They are still afraid to mention all the massacres of Polish peasants by jewish "partisans" who were in fact the same tribe of terrorists who murdered the czar and millions of Russians.

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Heros Joe Trader Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:27 Permalink

Even if we follow the jew-taboo and ignore the fact that the judeo-bolsheviks murdered and deported hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of ethnic poles after Stalin invaded Poland, there still are uncomfortable facts for sadistic blood-thirsty jews such as the Bielski partisans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielski_partisans

But the (((story))) we have been told of what happened to Poland before, during and after the war is a pack of lies.

The Katyn forest cover up was so crass that Stalin ended up breaking off relations with the exiled Polish national government in London because they insisted that it was jews who had murdered the Polish intelligensia.  These lies have all been covered up by chosenites and the Polish are happy to hide behind them.

Of course, after the war, what the soviet jews did to Polish nationalists is also a crime as great as Nuremburg:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_the_Sixteen

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c2nnib2l Dame Ednas Possum Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:14 Permalink

I find this funny..... That this article don't even mention that Poles saved hundreds of thousands Jews from holocaust 

People like Irena Sendler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L-e9zi98JI

Korczak or Zabinski or thousands of other poles that were risking their own lives to save Jews

and yet it mentions crime of Jedwabne committed by individual villagers on 340 Jews. It was individual villagers not the gowernment not the army or the police. Why the whole country should take the blame ? it's like Mr Smith in Texas killing 50 Muslims so  US should apologies to Muslims for crimes committed right ? WRONG .... in fact US is killing Muslims for the last 20 years all around the world and nobody say anything but who cares... 

Poland was the fucking capital of Jew Empire before the second world war did anybody knew that ? that Jews were living peacefully in Poland for hundreds of years in huge numbers ? 

All this fuss is about is calling Germans concentration camps POLISH concentration camps how fucking come ?

if they were build by Germans and used to execute polish citizens (Yes JEWS were polish citizens at the time) for many generations ! 

I'm half jewish half polish and this article makes not much sense 

 

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jin187 c2nnib2l Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:35 Permalink

You're wasting your time posting that here.  Half of these wannabe-SS tinfoil hat clowns think there wasn't a even holocast for Pols to be complicit in.  Just like the Vegas shooting never happened.  TBH, I'm surprised they haven't come out in force already.  Where's JOOMANJI64 to tell us how the war between Poland and Germany was just a false flag for an invasion of Jews that came from the center of the hollow earth through the hole at the north pole.

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NumbersUsa jin187 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:17 Permalink

comedic on, you jew supremacist suckup. The jew supremacists are responsible for the bolshevik slaughter of 50-60 million Christians in russia, ukraine and other baltic states.

They were the ones declaring war on Germany in early 1933. They pushed the dumb goy in both America & England to declare war on Germany. And don't tell us that roosie was not at war long before december 1941- we all know the truth.

The dumb American public were provoked and propagandized into war by edward bernays the jew and many, many others within the U.S. government and massive letter writing campaigns by so-called american jews & on & On

The jew supremacists are and always have been the enemy of the entire world-Period.

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OverTheHedge jin187 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:02 Permalink

"One of the most important aspects of the Red Cross Report is that it clarifies the true cause of those deaths that undoubtedly occurred in the camps toward the end of the war. Says the Report: "In the chaotic condition of Germany after the invasion during the final months of the war, the camps received no food supplies at all and starvation claimed an increasing number of victims. Itself alarmed by this situation, the German Government at last informed the ICRC on February 1st, 1945 ... In March 1945, discussions between the President of the ICRC and General of the S.S. Kaltenbrunner gave even more decisive results. Relief could henceforth be distributed by the ICRC, and one delegate was authorised to stay in each camp ..." (Vol. III, p. 83)."

Anyone want to mention the 9 million Germans who died in the 2 years AFTER the war ended? Anyone want to mention that genocide (if killing 6,000,000 Jews is genocide, surely killing 9,000,000 Germans is also genocide, although not necessarily a "burnt offering").

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