Germany has largely repented from not only the Holocaust and its Nazi past but also from millennia of hatred for Jews. Not that all is perfect; still 20% of all Germans is seriously anti-Semitic and the newest draft for national policy again harps about Jewish settlements West of the Jordan. But as soon as they would understand that that comes from anti-Jewish bias, they would change it.
The RC Church also has completely reshaped its relationship with the Chosen People. More than its complicity with the Holocaust (and preparing the ground for it), the rebirth of the Jewish State made that they had to reexamine their theology of having replaced the Jews. Also here not all is kosher yet. So will they acknowledge that Jews do not need to accept Jesus but they will not try to send home Jews who converted to Christianity.
Austria has done not too much repentance.
And Poland or the Netherlands have not done any soul searching about its relationship to the Jews. They can’t get enough of their own victimhood in WW II and deny their complicity with the Holocaust.
However, Hitler did not invent Jew hatred nor did he import it into the Low Countries or Poland. It was alive and kicking there for centuries.
In the Middle Ages, the Low Countries exterminated any Jewish soul on its territory twice – only to readmit them when they needed money from the Spanish Jews for its soldiers in its 80-year War of Independence against (o irony) Spain – but only under a system of Apartheid that lasted until Napoleon conquered it.
Before WW II, the Dutch closed its border to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. In WW II, the Dutch government in exile refused to speak out against the Nazi anti-Jewish laws and against the deportations since the Dutch railroads were important for its economy! After the War, the Socialist Dutch government refuse to help the returning Jews seeing them as the super-rich (nebech).
In Poland, Poles murdered Jews before, during and after WW II. It’s true that Slaves were in the Nazi ideology also Untermenschen, but that doesn’t mean that all Slaves were fighting the Nazis against Jew hatred. I never heard of fellow Untermenschen Sinti or Roma (Gypsies) killing Jews; that Poles were anti-Semites everyone seems to know – except the Poles. No doubt this was helped by the great number of RC Catholics among the Poles. The present Polish government denies.
When the great Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach went to Poland to give concerts, Jews asked him: How can you? He answered: Someone needs to bring there the light. He tells of a story before the Second World War, when (again) Poles wanted to hold a pogrom against the Jews. The greatest rabbi around went to the leader of the group set to murder the Jews and asked why. “You stole all our money. We have nothing to eat.” The rabbi answered: “They lied to you. We also have no money and nothing to eat.” The pogrom was called off.
Hatred is a funny thing. At funerals for terrorists we hear the shouts of revenge and hatred. At funerals of their Jewish victims, loved ones cry and speak of hope and love. Crying about a loss is not so simple. It’s easier to be angry and hate.
For Jews, hatred is an emotion hard to imagine. There is a minority of Arab hating Jews in Israel, but most of them come from the USA where they learned racism in a post-slavery society. One of the most painful experiences of Jewish youth is the discovery that they are hated. For what – they can’t wrap their brains around it.
The most amusing aspect is all the Jew hatred now pouring out of Polish mouths and keyboards accusing Jews of hating them. They deny Jew hatred by ventilating it! And how about the idea that not Polish but Jewish passivity caused the Holocaust?! You don’t have to be Freud to understand from where such warped ideas stem.
Poles cannot imagine being in our shoes that we don’t hate them. They should buy a mirror and start cleaning up their defense of a sordid past and ask themselves how they should change so that they become safe allies to Jews. Germans have done it. Poles have no excuse.
The discussion about the death camps being Polish or not is a straw man’s argument. The real issue is rather: when will Poland accept its responsibility to renounce its bloody anti-Jewish past and present?