Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Poles were not targeted for extermination by the Nazis but why is that disputed?

Don’t miss the 5000-word research from Haaretz (the Times of Israel runs a 600-word summary) exposing that a group of dedicated Polish Wikipedia contributors erected and maintained for 15 years until now, a fictional WW II Nazi extermination camp for Poles in the middle of Warsaw. The hoax also lives outside of virtual reality with real commemorative meetings (and tears?). Let’s ask have several questions about that.

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First, how can one be pleased with good results if one knows they are based on falsehood?

You get a good mark for your exam but you cheated. Well, you needed the mark but it won’t give much internal pride. But feeling good about oneself was not the goal here.

You try to trick someone into believing in your religion. Why would you want someone to believe in falsehood? Well, you probably reason that an important part of your religion is true and that the end (getting him to join) justifies the means. And you must be not so honest.

You falsely claim that you were no perpetrator or co-conspirator, and not even an innocent bystander, but actually a prime victim. How can that take away your guilty conscience? Well, you probably deny any guilt anyway and this way you can get, in the war for sympathy, some satisfaction in defeating the real victims whom you hate. Winning from people you abhor doesn’t need to come through a just fight.

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Another question to ask is, is this a isolated case? No, it isn’t.

Many Japanese pretend to be WW II victims like the Jews. At the end of WW II, two of their main cities were flattened with nuclear bombs (what we would since call a crime against humanity) but all through the first half of the 20th Century, Japanese soldiers were more vicious aggressors than the Nazis. They were the villains now playing the victim.

Some Germans also tried to sell themselves as victims of WW II, Hitler, the Nazis. Problem is that Germany as a whole, enthusiastically embraced the Third Reich. Sure, after the war, Germany laid in ruins. Millions of Germans had died. But it was clear for all to see that it had been the aggressor and a monstrous one at that, not just concerning their sustained hatred for Jews.

(Most Germans may have been unaware of the death camps and the official extermination program, but Hitler incessantly talked about killing them all to enthusiastic crowds and there was no revolt against the burning of the synagogues throughout the land, to name a few points.)

Also Poland lost a lot to the Nazi invaders. Millions died. Much of its art and landmarks had been purposefully destroyed. The Nazis considered the Poles and their cultural heritage as ‘racially’ inferior. But there was no program to exterminate them and most Poles stood by in silence while Europe’s Jews were exterminated in their midst. Something that couldn’t have been done in the Netherlands — from where the Jews were railed to Poland for a good (but evil) reason.

NB: Modern Germany shows that as a People it has repented. There is still a large group of German Nazi sympathizers and Jew-haters but the State and the people fight them beautifully. If I had to live outside of Israel, Heaven forbid, Germany would be at the top of my wish list.

Also the Christian world has to a certain extent admitted to have been on the wrong side of history for millennia. They have not yet as far advanced as Germans but there is a beginning to be appreciated.

Germany and Christians not only show that repentance is possible. Their atonement is also an indictment to the Japanese, the Poles and many Muslim countries. Why haven’t they begun doing the same yet?

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My final question. What does this Polish fable tell us about reality?

That Poland harbors a sizable group of Poles who hate truth and Jews and that the Polish Nation as a whole does a bad job fighting them.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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