Poland seems in need of some serious soul-scouring when it comes to its history of antisemitism. No sooner was I made acquainted with this appalling detail in history than comes this appalling detail:
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Karol Sauerland looks back at Poland in 1968 when the regime responded to student protests with anti-Semitic propaganda: "Almost all the Polish Jews who survived the Shoah and who didn't leave Poland immediately after the war, went then. They left from the Gdansk railway station in Warsaw for Vienna, from where they travelled on to Israel, the United States or West Germany. At the time, people called this station the 'Umschlagplatz' (the German word for collection or reloading point which was the name of the area in the Warsaw Ghetto where the Jews were collected for transportation to the Treblinka concentration camp.) Thank God their journeys did not terminate in death, but virtually no one decided to leave the country of their accord.
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Friday, February 15, 2008