(JTA) Polish nationalists staged a symbolic burning of a notorious 13th century edict which granted Jews special status as a protected class as a reward for helping enrich the Polish aristocracy while oppressing common Poles as inter-generationally impoverished serfs:
The book burning Thursday at a rally in Kalisz, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants situated 120 miles southwest of Warsaw, was part of a series of nationalist events on Nov. 11, National Independence Day, which is the anniversary of when Poland regained its sovereignty in 1918.
Videos and eyewitness accounts on social media show that Wojciech Olszański, a far-right activist, lit a red-covered book that was meant to symbolize the Statute of Kalisz. The document issued in 1264 by Prince Bolesław the Pious regulated the legal status of Jews living in Poland and afforded some protection through penalizing attacks on them. The statute served as the legal foundation for relations between non–Jews and Jews in Poland for centuries later.
Olszański poured a flammable liquid on the book that had been skewered on a sharp metal object, and lit the book on fire as the crowd cheered and shouted, “Death to Jews.” Some also chanted: “No to Polin, yes to Poland.” “Polin” is both the Hebrew-language name for Poland and the name of the main Jewish museum in Warsaw.
“This is a scary and symbolically important event,” said Rafal Pankowski, a leader of Poland’s Never Again anti-racism group. He compared the rally to the burning of books in Nazi Germany, including on the Kristallnacht pogroms in 1938. The pogroms’ 83rd anniversary was Wednesday. “Having monitored antisemitism for more than 25 years, I have never seen anything like that,” Pankowski told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Police are studying the footage, the PAP news agency reported. “These pictures send shivers down the spine,” Katharina Von Schnurbein, the European Union coordinator for fighting antisemitism, wrote on Twitter.
Other large nationalist events took place across major Polish cities in the past few days. One of the main themes in the marches concerned the current crisis in relations between Belarus and Poland. In recent days, Belarus’ dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, has been encouraging immigrants to cross from his country into Poland and the European Union, allegedly to punish Poland and other countries for harboring Belarussian dissidents. Poland’s right-wing government is refusing to let in the immigrants, who include Afghan asylum seekers.
The Polish aristocracy — as was the case with many of the European aristocracies — and the Jews had a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship — at the expense of the Polish peasantry.
Essentially, the aristocracy allowed the middlemen Jews — as usurers, tax collectors, and land managers — to live parasitically off the Polish farmers, exploit them, and keep them in perpetual debt and servitude.
Of course, this role as exploiters understandably embittered the average Pole toward the Jews — to the point of erupting into violence at times.
So to protect their Jewish cash cow, Polish aristocracy needed to protect the Jews from the hostile populace through special laws, such as this notorious Statute of Kalisz in 1264.
But the special status and Jewish privilege went well beyond what this statute conferred — the Jews were allowed to establish their own independent State within the Polish State called the Congressus Judaicus — the Jewish Congress which was largely independent of the Polish national parliament.
The book Jews in Poland: A Documentary History by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski is an excellent resource for showing the history of special Jewish privileges in Poland, including the establishment of a state-within-a-state.
Jews felt so safe and independent in Poland that they considered Poland to be their “New Jerusalem” — their Jewish “promised land.”
This Jewish power hierarchy of privilege and status in Poland became their blueprint for their presence in every other Christian nation up until the present day.
Almost a 1,000 years later, and Jews are still a special protected and privileged class — and still resented by their host populations because of these special privileges — resented to the point that Jews still worry about violent uprisings against them.
In fact, last year Laura Loomer — a Jew running for U.S. Congress in Florida — admitted during her campaign that she wanted to pass laws making herself and her fellow Jews a special “protected class” — in a state that has already passed an unconstitutional law making “antisemitism” illegal.
Jews could never get away with what they do without having complete confidence that they will be physically protected by the State and its military and police — who provide them with special armed escorts in Europe today, such as in France and Belgium.
In America, Jews have received billions of dollars in direct grants to provide security and surveillance services to their synagogues and community centers.
Most European countries have passed laws to protect Jews from all forms of criticism not just violence — the rationale being that violent attacks start with criticism that went unchecked and unpunished — a demonstrable lie according to a large study done by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
It’s perfectly understandable and acceptable that Jews are still angered about King Edward I’s 1290 order to expel the Jews from England, but it’s completely unacceptable for Poles to express similar anger for an even earlier edict that legalized often brutal Jewish exploitation of the Polish people.
It’s worth noting that despite what this article contends, the crowd in this video of the “book burning” video is not chanting “Death to Jews” — but rather, “No to Polin, yes to Poland” — but that doesn’t sound nearly as menacing:
And it’s worth watching how this peaceful demonstration was spun in the Jewish media — into a “frightening” event comparable to Kristallnacht — but as the Vatican once observed, “Jews easily exaggerate.”
But as the U.K. Jewish “Antisemitism Tsar” freely admitted, Jews intentionally exaggerate “antisemitic” incidents in order to justify even harsher penalties for protests against Jewish power.