A court in Warsaw ruled Tuesday that two prominent Jewish Holocaust researchers must apologize for slandering a Polish woman’s deceased uncle in a book they wrote, falsely claiming he helped the Germans murder 22 Jews during World War II:
Lawyers for 81-year-old Filomena Leszczynska argued that her uncle was a Polish hero who had saved Jews, and that the scholars had harmed her good name and that of her family.
The District Court in Warsaw did not, however, rule that they should be forced to pay her 100,000 zlotys ($27,000), as her lawyers had demanded.
The case has been closely watched because it is expected to set an important precedent for independent Holocaust research. The ruling can be appealed, however.
At stake in the case was Polish national pride, according to the plaintiffs, and according to the defendants, the future independence of Holocaust research.
Judge Ewa Jonczyk ruled that the scholars, Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, must make a written apology to Leszczynska for “providing inaccurate information” that her late uncle, Edward Malinowski, robbed a Jewish woman during the war and contributed to the death of Jews hiding in a forest in Malinowo in 1943, when Poland was under German occupation. They were also ordered to apologize for “violating his honor.”
The judge stressed discrepancies in the testimony, given at different times, by the Jewish woman whose testimony was the basis of the description of Malinowski’s behavior.
Malinowski was acquitted in a communist court in 1950 of being an accomplice to the 1943 killing by Germans of 18 Jews in a forest near the village of Malinowo.
He is mentioned in a brief passage of a 1,600-page historical work, “Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland,” which was co-edited by Grabowski and Engelking. They researched and wrote parts of it, along with other researchers.
Leszczynska has been backed by the Polish League Against Defamation, a group that fights harmful and untruthful depictions of Poland.
Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian history professor at the University of Ottawa, and Engelking, founder and director of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw, are among Poland’s most prominent Holocaust researchers.
They view the case as an attempt to discredit their overall findings and discourage other researchers from investigating the truth about Polish involvement in the German mass murder of Jews.
Jewish rights organizations expressed dismay at the ruling, arguing that any mistakes in scholarly works should be left to other scholars to raise in a process of reviews and revisions. Mark Weitzman with the Wiesenthal Center said he feared it would have a “chilling effect” on scholars and “will open the door to other cases.”
The judge rejected the demand for financial compensation, saying such an amount could have a negative effect on future scientific research.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Monika Brzozowska-Pasieka, denied there was any attempt to stifle research or speech. She said Leszczynska had not decided whether to appeal, but “compensation wasn’t the most important claim of this lawsuit for the plaintiff. The apology was and is of the greatest importance.”
Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany during the war and its population subjected to mass murder and slave labor. While 3 million of the country’s 3.3 million Jews were murdered, so were more than 2 million mostly Christian Poles. Poles resisted the Nazis at home and abroad and never collaborated as a state with the Third Reich. Thousands of Poles have been recognized by Yad Vashem in Israel for risking their own lives to save Jews.
Yet amid the more than five years of occupation, there were also Poles who betrayed Jews to the Germans. The topic was taboo during the communist era and each new revelation of Polish wrongdoing in recent years has sparked a backlash. Historians debate how many Poles aided the Nazi death machine, with estimates ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.
Poland has never admitted to complicity on any large scale and in 2018 Warsaw passed a law prohibiting people from blaming the Polish nation for Holocaust atrocities; the law was subsequently amended to remove criminal penalties.
A 2019 study on Holocaust remembrance in Europe argued that the Poles are among the “worst offenders” when it comes to efforts to rehabilitate Nazi collaborators and war criminals and “minimizing their own guilt in the attempted extermination of Jews.” According to the study, conducted by researchers from Yale and Grinnell colleges, the government in Warsaw has “engaged in competitive victimization, emphasizing the experience of Polish victims over that of Jewish victims. “The government spends considerable effort on rewriting history rather than acknowledging and learning from it,” the study found.
The libel case has raised concerns internationally because it comes amid a broader state-backed historical offensive aimed at stressing Polish suffering and heroism.
Last week, a journalist, Katarzyna Markusz, was questioned by police on suspicions she slandered the Polish nation, a crime with a penalty of up to three years in prison, with an article that mentioned “Polish participation in the Holocaust.”
Poland’s conservative authorities don’t deny that some Poles harmed Jews, but they believe the focus on Polish wrongdoing obscures the fact that most of these killings occurred under German orders and terror.
The Polish League Against Defamation is ideologically aligned with the country’s ruling party, and the scholars see that as an indication the case is part of a government-backed effort to promote its historical narrative.
Virtually every Jewish writer who has ever written about the “Holocaust” has committed similar slander — for the simple reason that the Germans had no intentional plan to commit mass murder of Jews — or any other ethnic group.
Raul Hilberg, the world’s most prominent and respected “Holocaust” historian, admitted under oath in a court of law in Canada that no documentary, objective proof exists of any orders or plans for the extermination of Jews.
Even Ephraim Kaye, a director of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Israel, admitted that there is a complete lack of physical evidence to prove that the Holocaust even happened.
And the Jewish “concern” about the effect this court ruling will have on future Holocaust research is monstrously hypocritical and tone deaf.
Jews themselves have made it illegal in many countries to even question the Jewish Version of World War II™ (aka, “the Holocaust”) — and they have even expressed their “delight” in throwing scores of legitimate historians and independent researchers into prison for questioning many demonstrably false allegations they have made against the Germans during World War II.
By passing and enforcing these draconian laws, Jews have made any serious, objective historical research into the Holocaust impossible — except for skewed research that supports their highly biased version of events that no one is allowed to cross examine them on.
When one’s version of events cannot be questioned, it has no right to claim the status of “history”.
Every country in Europe should follow Poland’s lead and pass laws to make it illegal to falsely claim their country’s participated or collaborated in the “genocide” of Jews in World War II — this would silence and bankrupt the corrupt and slanderous Holocaust-industrial complex overnight.
All Better Now/sarc
Finally! Well, that sure makes up for the millions of Christians that were killed by “legal murder” aka war, created by the jews.
Jews Lie 4a Living
Some states and countries are being projected by the HAL PTB as still western with Christian values to attract those the PTB are a bit leary of to move there. It’s called “isolate and obliterate”. Texas, for instance. Has been heiled ad the place for patriots to move to and now the ban is lifted and all is well. Maybe not. Freak snow storm, some of which would not burn under direct propane flame…??? possible hoax, but still. Odd timing and way under the norm for temp. Poland is being projected as Christian as well. They were the first ones to go under Hitler…remember? Isolate and obliterate. Maybe this is why all the jews worldwide are not moving to their own country after whining about worldwide persection forever.
Good for the polish courts to bring these beats in submission.
“Socialist writer Nathan J. Robinson, a fixture in the Bernie Sanders movement, has been fired from his job at the “progressive” newspaper The Guardian after authoring tweets criticizing Congress for prioritizing military aid to Israel over COVID relief for struggling Americans.
Jewish organizations driving “cancel culture” are racially motivated, not politically partisan. They seek to uphold the Jewish “post-war consensus” (domestic liberalism and Zionist foreign policy) by silencing opponents of mass immigration, globalization, mass media, finance, Jewish overrepresentation and gender ideology on the right along with Muslims and leftists who oppose Zionism and ethnic cleansing by Israel on human rights grounds.”
“100-year-old former Nazi guard charged with 3,500-plus counts of being accessory to murder” [February 9, 2021]
“While many Nazis and those who worked at death camps have died, German authorities have been working to investigate and prosecute survivors under a new legal precedent established in 2011 that allows the prosecution of guards on accessory charges, according to the Associated Press. Prior to that, prosecutors had to tie a suspect’s charge to a specific instance of killing, which proved at times to be a difficult feat.
Last week, prosecutors charged a 95-year-old German woman with complicity in the massacre of 10,000 people at the Stutthof concentration camp. The elderly woman allegedly worked as a secretary at the death camp and began work there when she was a minor, which is why she is now being tried in juvenile court.”
The fightback is well and truly underway.
From the article “Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany during the war etc.” Poland was occupied by 2 countries in World War 2 – the Soviet Union also invaded on September 17 1939 and took over half the country according to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. See how the Jew lies by omission ! They only tell half the story. The Polish officers who were captured in 1939 by the Soviets are the same ones who were executed at Katyn. Who knows how many other Poles who perished in the war did so at the hands of the communists but their deaths have been blamed on the nazis ?
This situation is a catch-22 it seems, which is apparent in this quote from the original article: “Lawyers for 81-year-old Filomena Leszczynska argued that her uncle was a Polish hero who had saved Jews, and that the scholars had harmed her good name and that of her family.”
Her defense is based on actually being a hero who saved jews, and so she is subject to the same virtue-signaling we see the world over. It reminds me of people saying, “all lives matter”, in response to “black lives matter”. All lives — and all life — does not matter, so that in order to resist the oppression and maintain the approval of men, the evil premise is conceded to. Similarly, in her defense against jews, she has defended jews.
Still though, in the same way that one may not say “all lives matter”, this woman may not deflect her guilt against the jews. Surely this is alarming to them, if indeed they do not feign alarm.
In that snippet at the end of the article, my curiosity was raised at Hilberg’s defense of the holocaust. He is at a loss to defend his case, but refusing to let it go, he makes German documents out to say something other than what they are saying. Sadly we even see this behavior within Christian Identity circles on matters of theology.
By law, Poles must appear to go along with the official Holocaust narrative, but Poles have become very adept at turning Jewish machinations against them — they have a lot of experience dealing with Jews and their games.
The Poles know they can’t decriminalize Holocaust denial, so instead they have figured out how to make it work to their advantage politically. What the Jews resent most about the Poles is that they have figured out how to compete with the Jews as “victims” of the “Nazis”. And the Poles have successfully used the false narrative of “Nazi genocide” to supplant the Jewish monopoly on victimization.
Jewish historians are hellbent on proving the impossible: that Poles were at the same time collaborators with the Nazis to murder Jews while at the same time admitting that millions of Poles were killed by the Nazis….a completely absurd scenario.
This ruling shows that Poland will not allow this type of slander, forcing the Jews to back off the “collaboration” angle. And without that, it forces the Jews to acknowledge Polish victimization….and it makes them look ridiculous trying to claim that Jewish deaths are more significant the Polish deaths. That superior victimhood will never fly in Poland.
Indeed, which is why I say it’s catch-22. In terms of the law, no matter what they choose, they play to the Jewish narrative.
Although not fully to the narrative, as you explained. Just like “all lives matter” is not fully in with “black lives matter”. It’s still resistance, to a degree, but it still creates an admission to the underlying premise.
In a worldly sense, they’ve done what no one has yet done, which is to at least deflect the accusations of the Jews. In the worldly sense though, does this represent an erosion of values, or is it indeed a new precedent of resistance? (sincere, not rhetoric)
In any case, I want to reflect on what is pure and true, and what is unadulterated love in the Spirit, relative to their seemingly no-win scenario in the world.
You are 100% correct in your recognition that one’s acceptance and acknowledgment of the basic premises of the enemy means an automatic loss, no matter how much resistance one then tries to follow with. Your “All lives matter” example is equally spot on. The correct response, the only one that has any chance of effect is to rebut the very premise, and therefore “No. All lives do NOT matter” is indeed the only position with any hope of mounting a challenge. Another example are all the supposed right-wing media pundits who wanted to decry the negro mob violence of 2020 but always first prefacing it with their recognition that the fate of negro George Floyd was “tragic”. Sorry, no. It was not tragic. It was one that he brought on himself, was not due to the cop’s actions and further, nothing of value was lost. Which brings us to the holohoax. Yes, it is powerful and important to point out that it is a tissue of lies, because when people find out how they’ve been lied to so egregiously and for so long, many will become rightly angry, and that anger is a good potential motivator. Yet at the same time, there should be a subtext of “didn’t happen, but even if it HAD…sorry, not sorry.”