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POKOLSIE-Film about Polish massacre of Jews touches nerve in Poland

 
Judethz
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POKOLSIE-Film about Polish massacre of Jews touches nerve in Poland
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"Poklosie" portrays Poles herding their Jewish neighbors into a building and burning them to death during WWII.

WARSAW - A film about a Polish village whose residents help massacre their Jewish neighbors in World War Two has forced Poles to confront one of the most troubling episodes of their past.

Most historians take the view that during the war the vast majority of Christian Poles were victims of the Nazi aggression that killed millions of Jews. There are many documented cases of Poles risking their lives to save Jews from Nazi death camps.

"Poklosie", or Aftermath, touches on a subject that many Poles prefer not to discuss - cases where Poles were complicit with the Nazis in rounding up, and in some cases, killing Jews.



Jewish groups have joined Poland's artistic community and many younger, liberal Poles in applauding the film for lifting the lid on a taboo. Others say it is blackening Poland's name by portraying its people unfairly as Nazi collaborators.

"It's our moral duty to make this film. It's a moral challenge to struggle with the topic," Dariusz Jablonski, the producer of the film, told Reuters in an interview.

"This is one of our last historical taboos and I have a feeling that it's a topic we've been avoiding. That's not how it should be.

"Even if this terrible crime concerns only 1 percent of the Polish nation, it doesn't matter, because we want to know about that."

Before World War Two, Poland was home to Europe's largest Jewish community of some 3.2 million. Most of them were killed by the Nazi occupiers. The Nazis built death camps including Auschwitz and Treblinka on Polish soil.

"Poklosie" tells the story of how a Polish man who had been living in the United States returns to his home village and finds himself reluctantly drawn into uncovering what happened there during Nazi occupation.

The man discovers that, at the instigation of the Nazi occupiers, local people - including his own father - herded Jewish villagers into a building and burned them to death. They had then taken over their dead neighbors' houses.

Based on a true story

The story echoes a real event in the town of Jedwabne, about 160km (100 miles) north-east of Warsaw.

An investigation ordered by the Polish government has found that on July 10, 1941, at least 340 Jews were killed, some burned alive after being locked inside a barn. The investigation found Nazi occupiers and local people colluded in the massacre.

In Ostroleka, a small town in northeastern Poland only 60 km from Jedwabne, local authorities cancelled screenings of the film. The town's council is dominated by a right-wing opposition party whose members have criticized it.

The Soviet-installed Communists who took power after the war conducted a purge of officials with Jewish ancestry in the late 1960s. Many of the Jews who had survived the Holocaust responded to the purge by emigrating.

Today, Poland's government and all mainstream political parties renounce anti-Semitism. A museum dedicated to the history of Polish Jews is under construction in the capital. The president regularly meets leaders of the Jewish community, who now number about 8,000, according to official figures.

But there are still signs of anti-Semitism on the margins of society. Graffiti by soccer fans routinely uses the word "Jew" as a term of insult directed at supporters of rival clubs.

Many people say the film, by opening up a debate about how Christian Poles interact with their Jewish compatriots, has performed an important service.

"The debate has begun and this is a very positive sign," Israel's Ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, told Reuters. "It is good that we can talk about painful issues now."

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Judethz (OP)
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9teen Although it should be mentioned that like in Germany and elsewhere, not everyone behaved in this awful way.

"There are many documented cases of Poles risking their lives to save Jews from Nazi death camps."
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More jew propaganda to make the world feel bad for them. Seriously, why don't people see this? Many atrocities were committed during the war, hence the title WAR. What about all of the Russians killed, the blacks, the mentally handicapped, all of the people in this world that have experienced a terrible hardship throughout history. Why the fuck are jews still going on about this bullshit? Why does no one pay attention. Why not just bow down and start sucking their balls people, you're already halfway there.

I refuse to feel guilty for ANYTHING I didn't do. I didn't kill any jews, I didn't enslave any blacks, I didn't rape any native americans so why should everyone feel guilty about it?
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More jew propaganda to make the world feel bad for them.
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that is all.
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More jew propaganda to make the world feel bad for them. Seriously, why don't people see this? Many atrocities were committed during the war, hence the title WAR. What about all of the Russians killed, the blacks, the mentally handicapped, all of the people in this world that have experienced a terrible hardship throughout history. Why the fuck are jews still going on about this bullshit? Why does no one pay attention. Why not just bow down and start sucking their balls people, you're already halfway there.

I refuse to feel guilty for ANYTHING I didn't do. I didn't kill any jews, I didn't enslave any blacks, I didn't rape any native americans so why should everyone feel guilty about it?
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Just looking at the OP should have given that one away...
We were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves?
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Few years back Radio 4 played a program of stories from the uprising in Poland. There were some truly terrible tales and then one of the Jewish survivors said that when he returned after the war he would seek out blonde children and in his words swing them by the legs to dash their brains out against the wlls of buildings.

There are very few innocents in war and even fewer walk away from it untainted.
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Few years back Radio 4 played a program of stories from the uprising in Poland. There were some truly terrible tales and then one of the Jewish survivors said that when he returned after the war he would seek out blonde children and in his words swing them by the legs to dash their brains out against the wlls of buildings.

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blumerl Anyone can make up that kinda shit.
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Few years back Radio 4 played a program of stories from the uprising in Poland. There were some truly terrible tales and then one of the Jewish survivors said that when he returned after the war he would seek out blonde children and in his words swing them by the legs to dash their brains out against the wlls of buildings.

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:blumerl: Anyone can make up that kinda shit.
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These were recordings from the time.

Voices of the dead, or something it was called try to look it up if you can.

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