Friday, June 8, 2012


Dear Debbie,

I'm sorry to read that your view on Poland and Poles is so full of hatred and spite, based solemnly on your ignorance and basic knowledge of historical facts. I find it shameful that as a journalist you fail to realize that history of Poles and Jews dates back a millennium, all the way back to the beginning of the Polish nation.

In pre-war Europe, there were around 3,000,000 Jews living in Poland, which at the time was about 10% of the whole population. In comparison there were 500,000 Jews living in Germany, 300,000 in Great Britain and 1,500 in Spain. Don't you find it interesting that so many Jews decided to live in such a "anti-semitic" country as Poland? But then again, you probably never heard of paradisus Iudaeorum either.

Furthermore, several organizations were created and run by ethnic Poles and Jewish underground activists, dedicated to saving the Polish Jewish community during the war. Among those, Żegota, the Council to Aid Jews, was the most prominent. It was unique not only in Poland, but in all of Nazi-occupied Europe, as there was no other organization dedicated solely to that goal.

Another item that you conveniently fail to understand is that Polish citizens have the world's highest count of individuals awarded medals of Righteous among the Nations, given by the State of Israel to non-Jews who saved Jews from extermination during the Holocaust. As of 2011, there are 6,266 Polish men and women recognized as "Righteous" to this day, amounting to over 25 per cent of the total number of 22,765 honorary titles awarded already.

Shame on you Debbie

Andrzej Pawluszek
New York, NY