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Poles In Holocaust
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BY ANNE Y. MEYERS
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of perception. Modras explained
Many people, particularly his-
his feelings on Shoah were
torians and Holocaust survivors, that
different than those of his col-
are still trying to find the truth leagues. According to him, Shoah
about World War II. In that effort, reinforces the idea that the Nazis
a panel discussion was held Sun- were neo-pagans who persecuted
day at Wayne State University to
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discuss a new book, The Forgotten
"By centuries of teaching con-
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for Jews, they (the church)
man Occupation, 1939-1945,
made it more credible for Hitler
the movie Shoah.
Included on the panel were and the Nazis and others who
Prof. W. H. Wagner of the Univer- were saying that Jews were ver-
sity of Detroit, Rev. Ronald Mod-
ras of the University of St. Louis,
Prof. Anna Dadlez of Saginaw
"By the end of the
Valley College, and Harold Gales
war, more ethnic
of the American Jewish Commit-
Poles perished in the
Approximately 75 Poles and
Holocaust survivors heard hands of the .
Wagner say, "Sometimes it is dif-
ficult to establish what the facts Germans than Poligt
were, but it is imperative to con- Jews."
vey to the next generations our
knowledge about the events
which happened during our
min. Catholic and 'Protestant
Wagner feels that the experi- scholars have come to recognize
ences of those who witnessed and admit it. My point is that it's
noteworthy events should be still going on, it's going on in this
preserved for history's sake. "The country. The fact is, there is still
inhuman, sadistic treatment of this teaching, at least indirectly,
the Jews by Nazi Germany, which of contempt. And Catholics have
ended with a partially effective to work against it."
Modras explained that Claude
endeavor to wipe out the Jewish
population in. European coun- Lanzmann, who filmed
tries, was not believed by the has a highly biased view of his-
Western leaders and Jewish not- tory. "He's not a historian. He's a
ables notified by the Polish emis- creative filmmaker who wan
series coming from the occupied tell the story of the Jewish suffer-
ing. The story is not the whole
"Only those Jews survived who story, it is the Jewish story."
Although Modras felt that
were helped by the Poles; they
harbored them and supplied them Lanzmann left out the Polish per-
with false documents, risking the ceptions of the Holocaust, he
wrath of the Germans which usu- stated that the filmmaker should
ally ended with tortures and not have to speak for the Polish
people. "Should we expect some-
According to Wagner; the Ger- one else to tell our story?" • Modras
man oppression of the Poles is not asked. "We have to do .Modras,
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well known. "The Americans do
not realize that according to the Lanzmann's film portrays almost
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plans of Hitler, the Polish nation the whole spectrum of the Polish
was doomed to disappear from the attitude on the plight of the Jews.
surface of the globe soon after the . He portrays the active an the
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Modras believes Lukas' book
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Jews. In the notorious Auschwitz from other German occupations.
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Poles were exterminated, before against a people, a nationhood
the first transport with Jews and a culture. And Hitler wanted
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reached its gat s. If we neglect
There were some 7,000 Poles
serve as witnesses of history, who
• who collaborated' with the Ger-
Wagner introduced Modras, mans, Modras said, or three-
who has long been a member of tenths of a percent of the entire
the task force of dialogue between population. "Only in Poland was
the Polish American community helping a Jew automatically rea-
and the Jewish community in De- son for execution. No Jew ithout
vived the occupation w
Modras spoke of a tension today Polish help," he said.
regarding the universal aspects of • "The surprise is not how few
the Holocaust. There are people, Poles helped
but, a minority.
he said, who are afraid that the did at all.
Holocaust will become just an- Those guilty of passivity are in
other Jewish holiday. "Both the West."
Modras explained that al-
Lanzmann's film and Lukas's
book have important lessons for though the Poles lost equal,
the Jews in
greater numbers as
us," Modras explained. .
One lesson is not to stereotype: Poland, the proportions in com
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