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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-04-25

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Documents Expose Anti-Semitic Trends in Poland

to

concerned

parents

There Never
Was a
Greater Time

For

CHALLENGE

And

CHANGE

WHY NOT

change from patterns of
mediocrity?

WHY NOT

challenge, encourage and
direct the minds of your
children?

WHY NOT

build educational, cultural
and religious concepts in a
coordinated program dur-
ing normal school hours?

WHY NOT

Americana and Judaica
combined?

WHY NOT

AKIVA

WHY NOT

challenge these statements

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1 of the Nazis. He always hoped
(Copyright 1969, JTA, Inc.)
10 be able, in spite of every-
thing, to help here and there,
Editor's Note: Dr. Samuel Scheps,
to save what could be saved, and
scholar and author, an expert on the
history of the European Holocaust
he never spared himself, even
and its aftermath lives in Geneva .
LONDON—"Forgive us the curse though he knew that some of his
dons might cost him his life.
which we had attached to the

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Jews" Pope John XXIII is reported He never lost faith in the nation's

to have exclaimed on his deathbed. vital forces."
Stefan Starzynski, who was the
Something like that also was ut-
which de-
tered by the Polish Communist commander of the army
rulers in their manifesto of July fended Warsaw in 1939, wrote of
22, 1944: "The Jews, so cruelly Czerniakow: He can be compared
in the
wronged by the occupiers, will be with the men who had been
able to rebuild their lives and will historic days of September the liv-

enjoy

legal and factual equal- ing spirit of the martyred capi-
tot
"

ity . . . "

Kaplan, who also left
Chaim
Then we had the "political
spring" of October 1956. But it did us a diary of the Warsaw Ghetto,
"Some
not last; soon a slow but persis - wrote of Czerniakow:
tent elimination of the Jews from people buy their eternity in a single'
a
deed,
such
public positions began. As far back hour. His end was
as 1958, a Jewish member of the even though some things done in
hi name s hav
Central Committee of the Polish
na e not always been!
Communist Party was quoted in worthy of praise."
the New York Times as saying: The Czerniakow diary is a tre-
"Jewish Communists in Poland mendous document of true histor-
have learned that the party wanted ical significance. The Jew ish Coun-
them to fade into the background." cil must be separated from Czer
It is clear that the elimination niakow himself. President Zalman
of Jews from public life in Poland Shazar has said: We cannot think
preceded the Six-Day War of 1967, of Czerniakow the way we think
and was initially unconnected with of some others of his period. His
anti-Israel or anti-Zionist politics. suicide redeemed him and made
A courageous minority inside the of him a martyr shrouded in holi-
Polish Communist Party, which ness. - Shazar made this judge-
had clustered around the jorunal - - -

"Poprostu," fought against anti -
Semitism with determination. This
group went on record: "The Jews
will eventually leave but anti-Sem-
itism will stay. We shall not cease
to be threatened by a parody —
nationalism, obscurantism and pol-
itical perfidy, always ready to pick
on each of us as their new vic-
tim."
The present anti-Semitic cam-
paign in Poland must, therefore,

be viewed and judged against
these facts. Now, thousands of
Jews have left Poland and many
more wait for their exit permits.
It is a true mass exodus. In
this respect, the Nationalist-Com-
munists of Poland have achieved
one of the aims of the Nazis.
Soon Poland will be without a
single Jew: — "Judenrein."

Let it be said that not everybody
in Poland applauds this develop-
ment. There is an elite in Poland
which resents it. But these people
cannot raise their voices. Just be-
fore the Six-Day War, there ap-
peared in Poland a book on the
collaboration between Jews and
Poles during the Warsaw Ghetto ,
Revolt. This book is now banned.
The author of the book is Wlady-

ment before he bad read the
Czerniakow Diary.
Remember Dr. Nahum Gold-
mann's warning, way back in 1963:
"There is a responsibility which
rests with us. We in the free world
have continued with our routine.
Jewish communities had not the
courage to adopt dramatic ways
and means of protest and pressure
which the situation demanded."
On the anniversary of the War-
saw Ghetto Revolt, it behooves us
to re-read and re-think the docu-
ments about the events and the
people who were so tragically in-
volved in them.

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
12—Friday, April 2S, 1969

Champ to Maccabia
Abigail Hoffman, the British
Commonwealth Games
run champion, will represent Can-
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Games in Israel, July 28-Aug. 7.,

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Olympic 800 - meters in Mexico

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slaw Bartoszewski and its title is
"He Is Of My Fatherland." In-
cidentally, Bartoszewski was listed

Yad Vashem among "the
Righteous of the Nations."
A few weeks ago, Col. Kazimierz
Iranek-Osmecki, who spent a
lengthy period in Poland under the
Nazis and was later head of the
division for occupied Poland at the
Polish General Staff in London,
published a book in Polish. It is
called "He Who Saves One Life"
and it contains a number of re-
markable documents about the

by

Ghetto of Warsaw. We also have
now the "Diary of Adam Czer-
niakow," published by Yad Vas-
hem, in its original Polish and in a
Hebrew translation, with an intro-
duction in English by Joseph Ker-
misch. This is the diary of a man
who was the head of the Jewish
Council and later committed sui-
cide when he discovered that the
Nazis were trying to use him as
an instrument of their devilish plan
to exterminate the Jews of the
Warsaw Ghetto.
Something of the flavor of this
book should be known to all Jews,
wherever they are, and I quote
from the introduction by Kermisch:
"In his contacts with the
authorities Czerniakow conducted
himself as a representative of
the Jews who would surrender
nothing of his dignity and honor;
and his bearing and modest way
of life, his power of organiza-
tion and his diligence, his cour-
age and his fairness, gained
him the respect even of some

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