The Third Reich didn't know the forms of anti-Semitism that were in Poland
The Deputy speaker of the Polish Seim, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, announced that the next meeting can introduce a draft of resolution against "Russian propaganda denigrating Poland". According to her, the fight against lies about the country and its history must be consistent and serious to be effective.
Apparently, the offer comes after the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin slammed the Polish diplomat Jozef Lipsky and called him a bastard and an anti-Semitic pig. This could sound quite fair, if to take into account what country he represented.
Amidst the ongoing discussions over the role of the anti-Hitler coalition countries in the World War II, let’s take a look at history of Poland tightly connected to anti-Semitism.
Before the WWII, there were 3.3 million Jews living in Poland. And only 350 thousand could survive it, mostly those who were in the USSR.
The anti-Semitic policy of the Second Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth put down roots so deep into the Polish society, so the struggle against the Jews continued even after the country had been liquidated. And even the official Polish authorities admit it. Even the state Institute of National Memory of Poland, which is known for its anti-Russian position, published a report in 2002 that Poles committed 30 Jewish pogroms in 24 localities.
The new country could rightfully be called born in revolution, because it was the October revolution that led to that all three empires — Russian Empire, German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire — finally divided The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, lost the WWI. Of course, the Polish textbook don’t say about this, but they say that the Second Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a peaceful and democratic State. One of the Central squares of Warsaw has the monument of its leader Jozef Pilsutski. Since he is obviously the most revered politician of the XX century in modern Poland, let’s remember something from his biography.
Pilsudsky got his primary education at the First Vilna Gymnasium, where he studied with Peter Stolypin, later — Felix Dzerzhinsky. Polish Russophobes love to quote the angry statements of Jozef Pilsudski against the Bolsheviks and their leader — Vladimir Lenin.
Their older brothers — Bronislaw and Alexander — were both members of terrorist organization, which was called "the Terrorist faction of “Narodnaya Volya” party". Vladimir Ulyanov studied at a gymnasium in far Simbirsk and knew nothing about the secret activities of his brother Alexander in St. Petersburg, and 20-year-old Jozef Pilsudsky helped his older brother Bronislaw. They didn’t succeed in killing the Russian Emperor Alexander III and were arrested together with all other members of the organization.
In 1904, when the Russo-Japanese war began, Jozef Pilsudsky immediately offered his services to Japanese intelligence and was able to get 10 thousand pounds from it. Together with his fellow party members, he several times blew up the railway tracks, but they were immediately restored. The Japanese were not satisfied with the military information he collected, and they refused Pilsudsky's proposal to create a Legion of captured Poles for the war with Russia.
Then, when the money from the Japanese ran out, Jozef Pilsudski began to actively cooperate with the Austria-Hungarian intelligence and helped to create the Polish Legion to fight Russia during the WWI. In 1918, he betrayed it too and urged the Poles who were to go to the army not to swear an oath to Austria-Hungary and Germany as they had been losing the war by that time. He now collaborated with Great Britain and France, and with their help placed himself at the head of a revived Poland.
First, Poland, under the leadership of Jozef Pilsudski, received the lands taken from Germany and Austria-Hungary after their defeat in the WWI, replacing the leaving German and Austro-Hungarian troops. Then she "thanked" the Bolsheviks, with which their country was revived, and in January 1919 began the war with Soviet Russia. Taking advantage of the fact that the main forces of the Red Army were busy on the fronts fighting against the White Russians, the Polish authorities managed to fulfil their "old dream" — to recreate The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth with the borders of 1772.
But it wasn’t enough to them and the Polish troops went further. In May 1920 they captured Kiev and then continued the offensive, crossing the Dnieper. Now the Poles obviously wanted the borders of 1612, which means they wanted to capture Moscow.
People in Poland like to reminisce how they defeated the Red Army, that tried to take Warsaw in 1920, but they forget the fact that this army came there to response the Polish aggression.
The Polish attack had the same purpose the Third Reich had in 1941 when it attacked Russia. However, the Second Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Third Reich were similar not only in this way. They both praised Anti-Semitism. Thus, in 1919 all Jews who worked on the Polish Railways were dismissed. Later it happened to all Jews on positions in the public service. In 1937, Jews in Poland were banned from working as lawyers. The boycott of Jewish stores in Poland was larger than the Nazi one: first, the army was involved and sentries were posted at the stores, and secondly, not only Jewish but also German stores were boycotted.
The last pogroms of Jewish in Europe took place in 1946, when the Third Reich had not longer existed. Poland continued the Reich’s fight against Jews. In the city of Kielce, 47 people were killed in the pogrom, including pregnant women and children. There was also a violence in Cracow. Polish soldiers and police took part in the riots. 60 thousand Jews left Poland after these pogroms.
Recently, Poland was resented with the assessment that Vladimir Putin gave to their pre-war policy and its diplomat, but here is the assessment given by Yitzhak Shamir, Prime Minister of Israel, which the Minister of Foreign Affairs of this country Yisrael Katz repeated in February 2019:
“Every Pole is nurtured on the mother’s milk with anti-Semitism.”
It was said about the modern Poland, that, according to many sociological surveys, has the highest level of anti-Semitism, although there are almost no Jews.