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From: Patrick Bohinski <>
Subject: [POLAND] Re: Adversity to Polish Heritage and more
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 17:58:25 -0400
References: <109.195f53dd.2ac9e584@aol.com>

At the risk of humiliating myself, can anyone here please explain to me
why Jews are disliked the world over? I'm 49 years old and I've never
understood why one group of people are hated by so many. Is is because
they don't accept Jesus as their savior? Why? Nobody has ever given me a
satifactory answer.



>Richard has a very valid point, and here we have the crux of this
>sudden "adversity" matter. The blame is being shifted from the
>bad guys (Nazis, Soviets) to an entire country (Poland) where the
>Jews lived in relative peace for centuries. WE MUST ALL NEVER
> This is getting twisted now
>and not enough people are correcting this grave error or
>convenient omission.
>This adversity or animosity towards Poland is a fairly recent occurrence, I
>feel. With the passing of time more and more
>survivors die. Most of the victims who still survive were very,
>very young during the War. Those that were adults during the
>War are mostly gone. Certainly those that were middle-aged
>adults are now deceased. I feel that these people for the most
>part had no animosity towards prewar Poland and loved their
>life there. These victims knew who the true bad guys were!
>It seems to me that some of their grandchildren, great
>grandchildren, and perhaps even some of their children have
>gotten carried away and could be changing their stories.
>Why do I think this? From reading and learning as much as
>possible about the topic throughout the years. My family were
>also victims of World War II, but of the Soviets. They were not
>gassed, their bodies burned, but when looking at pictures of
>these poor victims after their ordeal, there is no difference, for
>they were also walking, breathing skeletons for the most part.
>I have an aunt who was 8 at the beginning of the War. She
>does not remember much. I have a cousin who was born in
>September 1939! He remembers nothing, which is good
>considering what his family suffered. During the War the
>Soviets killed many more millions than the Nazis, but this fact
>rarely receives any press. Interesting too that some Jewish
>people are now stating that many were saved from the
>Holocaust by joining the Soviet army. (Many of them were
>later killed by the same Soviet regime, but they neglect to
>mention this.) Here we have a second situation where the bad
>guys are being turned into good guys. Blame is being shifted
>from where it belongs to Poland.
>The Jewish students written about below were wrong in their
>behavior. When visiting other countries, we ALL serve as
>ambassadors-at-large from our country of origin and must be
>on our best behavior at ALL times, wherever we are and whatever
>we are doing. Visitors to other countries cannot be "Ugly
>Americans/Canadians/Israelis," or whatever.
>Please keep things in perspective. Always remember who the
>"bad guys" were.
>>That's interesting. Blame the students for the discrimination inflicted by
>>the citizen of the country they are visiting. That must be it. Also, that
>>must be the reason Hitler killed 6 million Jews. He didn't like their
>>attitude either.
>Could it also be the attitude of the Jewish student when they visit Poland.
>When I was in Poland for a visit and went to Auschwitz to see this place that
>will forever be a reminder to the world of the cruelty and treatment of
>humans, The methods of death that was used.
>All the people that where there walked around with reverence and
>respect for what had happened there. The Jewish students that I observed
>there that day, Walked around with a Jewish flag and seemed to take over any
>exibit that they where at as if they owned the place.
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