I agree with the Polish Government that the concentration camps for Jews in Poland were German camps. The main reason was that the Poles themselves were incapable of organizing Jewish murder on an industrial scale. The Poles were essentially cowards, attacking and massacring defenseless Jews, often their neighbors, individually and in groups. Recently I edited a book based on a narrative by Eddie Bielawski entitled “Invisible Jews: Surviving the Holocaust in Poland,” whose family of ten people survived for 3 years (1941-4) in hiding. They were resourceful and brave.
He wrote “We were in a totally hostile environment. No-one could be trusted. There were Poles who would kill us, would steal all that we had, or turn us over to the Germans for a reward and to see us dead….there was the occasional Pole who showed human feelings towards us, who fed us and risked his life and that of his family. But, they were few and far between.” I think this sums up the true situation regarding the Poles and the Holocaust quite accurately.
Now there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Poland, as elsewhere in Europe. So for example, a Norwegian MP has nominated the BDS movement in Europe for the Nobel Peace Prize. If ever there was an organization that is not peaceful and does not deserve any prize, let alone a peace prize, it is the BDS organization. It was founded by a Palestinian politician named Omar Barghouti who is dedicated to Israel’s destruction. BDS is allied to Hamas and its only aim is not simply to boycott, sanction and divest from Israel, but to destroy Israel by all means, including the use of violence and terrorism, and this is clear in their literature and their actions.
The Polish PM Morawiecki said in a speech at the Munich Security conference, justifying the current law outlawing certain statements about Poland being responsible for the Holocaust, that there were “Polish perpetrators of the Holocaust, just like there were Jewish perpetrators.” PM Netanyahu who is also attending said “The Polish Prime Minister’s remarks here in Munich are outrageous. There is a problem here of an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people. I intend to speak with him forthwith.”