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The German New order in poland;Nauseating Horror on Just the First Two Years of Nazi German Occupation of Poland

jan peczkis|Friday, April 28, 2017

This book addresses the German rule over Poland--but only from September 1939 through the end of June 1941, which is just when Operation Barbarossa had begun. There were 3 more years of brutal Nazi German occupation, followed by decades of Soviet rule over Poland.



WARNING: This book is not for sensitive readers. Even one who is accustomed to reading WWII books will be moved by the graphic details presented here. In addition, considering the inordinate attention given to the Holocaust, this has obscured the suffering of the Poles. Therefore, the reader will almost get a shock in reading this book. He or she will quickly be disabused of the notion that Poles were “spectators” to the catastrophe of the Jews!

THE 1939 WAR

According to quoted German statistics, of all the homes in Warsaw, 9.4% were destroyed in the 1939 War, and an additional 41% were partly destroyed. (p. 275).

This work features the wanton German terror bombing of civilian targets, and the Luftwaffe strafing of columns of fleeing civilians. It describes the German mass murders of Polish civilians, the mass murders of disarmed Polish POWs, and much more.

At Bydgoszcz (Bromberg), German fifth columnists and mostly-outsider saboteurs opened fire. Polish forces killed 150-160 of them in combat. (p. 28). German propaganda falsified this as a massacre of German civilians, and the German forces then murdered thousands of Bydgoszcz-area Poles in “retaliation.” In fact, about 10,000 Bydgoszcz-area Poles were murdered by the Germans by early 1940.

WHY NO POLISH QUISLING

Nowadays, we sometimes hear the argument, as from neo-Stalinist Jan T. Gross, that there was no Polish Quisling because the Germans never wanted one. This is a transparent attempt to deny Polish heroism, and is egregiously false. For example, in the Fall of 1939, the Germans told Stanislaus Estreicher, a prominent Polish intellectual, to serve as President of the upcoming Protectorate. He refused to serve as a Quisling, and soon met his death. (p. 440).

THE GERMAN CULTURAL GENOCIDE OF THE POLES

Even in the 1939 War, the Luftwaffe bombed countless cultural buildings for absolutely no military necessity. Many specific examples of this are provided.

This book describes the systematic German destruction of the statues of leading Poles. It elaborates, in great detail, on the confiscation and destruction of library materials, works of art, museums, archives, scientific equipment, etc. To add to Germany’s shame, German scholars and university professors took part in these blatantly-illegal expropriations. (p. 251, pp. 465-466).

THE GERMAN WAR ON POLISH RELIGION

The well-known Communist war on religion has eclipsed the Nazi German war on religion. Let us focus on the latter.

This work is unique in that it gives extensive details on the systematic German persecution of both Polish Catholics and Protestants. Thousands of clergy were murdered or sent to concentration camps. Other clergy were subject, by the Germans, to mockery and torture. [Clearly, the Nazis did not only mock the Jews, such as by ordering them to pray, as portrayed in Holocaust materials.]

Religious articles were systematically confiscated or destroyed. Countless religious objects were smashed or openly profaned. Monasteries were looted, and their religious property piled outside and burned in pyres. Roadside shrines were destroyed. Crosses were removed from the classroom. [Sound familiar?] The scale of the action was sickening.

The ability of Poles to participate in religious services was severely limited. The German authorities ordered Polish Catholic priests to say a prayer, after Mass, for Hitler. (p. 374). [It is ironic that Holocaust authors complain that Polish priests did not speak out for Poles to rescue Jews, or at least refrain from denouncing Jews. Such accusations are a sick joke. The freedom of a Catholic priest to say such things was not even imagined.]

THE UNFOLDING BIOLOGICAL GENOCIDE OF THE POLES

The Poles living in the Reich annexed regions of conquered Poland, such as in the Warthegau, faced a complete expropriation of their properties without compensation. They were loaded on trains under the most inhumane conditions, and many of these Poles froze to death. The situation facing children was particularly gruesome.

This work features the systematic German mass murder of Poland’s intelligentsia, the wanton mass murders of civilian hostages, and the like. It also discusses the passive genocidal German policies against Poles—even though it does not use the term. Consider the mass starvation of the Poles, which undoubtedly caused a drop in the Polish birth rate and a greatly-accelerated rate of “natural” deaths. Permit some statistics, which are tabulated. (p. 299). Using the prewar August 1939 levels as 100, the general cost of living, for Poles in the General Government, hovered around 500 for at least the first half of 1940, and it hovered around 600 for the cost of food during the same period.

[The near-starvation conditions faced by Poles explain many things, including the Polish “greed” for post-Jewish properties. It also makes it easy for the reader to see why many Poles did not want to share their meager rations with fugitive Jews, and why some Poles denounced, or killed, fugitive Jews known or suspected to be stealing from them.]

THE JEWS

The reader quickly learns that it was the Germans that forced Jews into ghettos. Before WWII, there were no residential restrictions on Jews in Poland. (p. 236). [Of course, Jews engaged in self-segregation.]

This work predates the Holocaust itself. However, it elaborates on the sufferings of the Jews in a separate chapter, and in considerable detail. This adds refutation to the silly argument that the Polish Government in Exile took an “It’s all the same” attitude towards Polish and Jewish sufferings, or that it merely subsumed the sufferings of the Jews within the broader narrative of Polish suffering.

The Germans themselves sometimes juxtaposed the fate of Jews and Poles. For instance, a quoted document, from Joseph Goebbels, and dated January 1940, states that: The Jews, Gypsies, and Poles should be treated at the same level. (p. 421).

In MAUS, which turns out to be Art Spiegelman’s burlesque of history, there is a scene of a Pole giving the Hitler salute. Virtually no ethnic Pole would do such a thing. Ironic to Spiegelman's nonsense, a German order in Torun (October 1939) forbade a Pole from ever giving the Hitler salute. (p. 410).
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