Let me quote Mrozek’s drawing after Rzeczpospolita:
have just read in "Rzeczpospolita"
"Short History of the Jews in Poland",
describing the tragedy
of one of the most significant ancient cultures which survived till our
happened so that the Jewish nation, persecuted by
VARIOUS SPIRITS OF THE TIMES,
found several centuries of peace in Poland, located in Central Europe.
Due to that fact, since
the 11th century it had been developing, along with one of the Slavonic
tribes, an interesting culture of the
contemporary Poland. Reading the text of Stefan Bratkowski I remembered
another text from the correspondence of Jerzy Stempowski (Hostowiec) with
Czytelnik in 1998. As I was reading it, I was fascinated with the live
HISTORY, not distorted by
historians, politicians, ideologists and journalists.
Let me quote some of the fragments from the first
volum (pp. 134 - 154) of the correspondence of "Prince" Giedroyc with one
of the most interesting, most open minds of the 20th Century, educator of
several generations of Polish humanists, Jerzy Stempowski. It was in the
1904 and 1930 there occurred irreversible changes among the Poles as well
as among the Jews. On the Polish part, those were the results of the
nation-based state concept of the National Democracy party
concept effected the whole
period between the two world wars.
"Bern, July 18, 1957
The biggest danger for the Jews is
their own extremity and intolerance, eventually effecting
everybody and the hardest for the helpless and the innocent.
I don't see any remedy for this. Jewish community is too fragmented, too
diverse, to find a recipe that would satisfy everybody".
"It is a feeling for more private use."
changes on the Jewish part were equally deep. In 1904, did anybody see Jews shooting
their guns, escorting prisoners with guns in their hands or training
granade throwing? NO. Nobody would even believe such a possibility. And
in 1917-1918 those strange scenes became reality at the whole area
engulfed with the soviet revolution and penetrated the imagination of not
just Poles but other people as well."
"Those changes should be completed with the anti-Semitism
of the West, why not mention it? With a few exceptions, it were not the
Polish people who helped Hitler to
It was done by England and America,
doing a campaign and watching that nobody escapes the net.
It was done by their parliaments, approving the policy and passing laws
when everybody knew what it was all about.
Even the American Jews were passively watching it,
apparently they believed that the slaughter of the Jews in Europe is a
lesser calamity than their massive migration to America.
And Palestine? I think the leaders and participants of
the project did not neglect anything to create conflicts, which cannot be
resolved. All the powers of the West contributed to that situation but
their citizens did not intend to live in Palestine.
All these events were unthinkable in 1904 but they dramatically altered
the basic components of the so called "Jewish issue."
Don’t you think we
should ask here whether the American zealousness to explain the complex
aspects of the Polish-Jewish conflicts is not aimed at distracting the
attention from their
own (American), not too impressing, attitude to the holocaust?
What did Uncle Sam and robust Churchill do with the reports of Jan Karski,
what did IMB built its power on, what did the American newspaper say about
the „Jewish plot”, what
were Roosevelt’s and Churchill’s views
of the “Jewish
In 1920s and 30s in the United States, just as in Poland, there were
limitations in acepting Jewish candidates to study medicine and numerus
clausus at the Columbia University as late as 1950s; for most part quoted
after "Rzeczpospolita", Krzysztof Maslon. (Years ago I had an opportunity
to talk with an American psychologist who was not accepted to the Columbia
University in late 40s because he had filled out the university
It is not so much an apology as a piece of shameful evidence of the so
called extravagancies of the "TIME SPIRIT".
October 27, 1957
The first thing that I noticed after I had come back
was a note from the last page of Le Monde of October 26 - on the banquet
at Cerle militare to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the
"I hoped the Jewish community would not come back
that infamous episode which, like a
focused all the human meanness and filth of our times. Nothing was missing
there: neither collaboration with GPU and the Jewish nationalists, nor
distorting historic facts for the purpose of propaganda - the history of
the Ukrainian independence movement written for that occasion by Jewish
journalists must have been a model for Stalin - nor the revolt of the mob,
animated by politicians,
against the elite of the Jewish society which has
never really recovered from that defeat".
"Since the Jewish organizatons in the U.S. did not get scared by the
driven hunt and refused financial support, all the costs of the world
campaign against the Ukraine were covered from the contributions of the
poorest Jewish people in Poland, who were enticed into collective hysteria
by the political leaders who were allied with National Democracy (Endecja)
and were trying to reach marshal Pilsudski in that way".
"In order to understand that game I had a long discussion with Grunbaum,
the chase leader, before the trial. I remember that discussion very well.
In hysteria, demagogy and sick inclination toward blood and violence,
Hitler resembled Grunbaum most, the scope of available means being the
only. Grunbaum and oter Jewish Nazis had to persecute and bully somebody -
just like Hitler, it was the meaning of their lives - and they found a
victim to correspond with their means, totally defensless."
Don’t you think that
in this critical moment of our thinking about ourselves and about those
who, since 11th century, have been building the
HISTORY and CULTURE of this Central European
land, we should pull out these three letters written half a Century ago by
a mason, Jerzy
Stempowski, alias Hostowiec,
the mentor of Polish intellectuals?
Don’t you think that those whom
recently called the "holocaust industry", and to whom the simpletons refer
"disneyland" ... would then happily retire bestowing the
collected funds on the legal owner, Country of ISRAEL; glad that they have
managed to preserve the memory of one of the most cruel events of our
highly civilized 20th century if the successors of Uncle Sam
and papa Churchill went through the list of their sins with us and with
Don’t you think
that saying "WE APOLOGIZE" for our sins our CULTURE would RECEIVE
by those who survived beside us throughout
the centuries in friendship and argument, and sheltered them from the
awaiting extermination, at the same time remembering
Tuwim, Grydzewski, Slonimski, also Christ,
and many many others who have been contributing to it.
Don’t you think
we could finally, having
gone through all this, put up a monument of a Good Jew to commemorate our
and their memory?
why, since the first discussion in 1989 and through
all the recent fuss, we contend against each other in apologizing and
protesting. Why nobody cares to notice that Hostowiec could explain a
Let me finish this letter with a picture quote from
Slawomir Mrozek after "Rzeczpospolita", wishing all of
us to avoid such a model of equality.
So much for my writing Take care!
I must admit that the ideas of Stempowski - Hostowiec are being
noticed in our country. The authors and readers of "Rzeczpospolita" become
more and more aware of the fact how much harm we experienced from our
neighbors and how much harm they experienced from us throughout the
centuries, that continuing to live together we should say after rabi
Schudrich: "The time has come when if Jews want Poles to feel and
understand our pain, we need to feel and understand their pain". "We the
Jews have to admit that there were the Jews who served the
communists and even Hitler, who commited crimes against Poles and against
Jews", "accusing Polish people of participating in the holocaust is a
sin", and bishop
Stanislaw Gadecki adds: "The thing is that until we people living here do
not recognize each other as friends, our imagination will be susceptible
to manipulating and anybody would be able to interpret reality according
to their interests".
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1. Jedwabne -
Let us be silent in the face of this crime - Piotr Lipinski talks with
prof Andrzej Rzeplinski
delivered by Wladyslaw Bartoszewski,
Polish Minister of Foreign
Affairs, on 5 April 2001, at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in
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