I collected petitions because I caught Mayor Fulop's message on the radio. Fulop blamed the Polish government...
The Mayor probably gets a bad grade for his diplomacy, but reacting to button-pushing is a challenge for all of us. I wouldn’t roll over for Poland’s Stanislaw Karczewski, nor should you.
Thanks in large part to Karczewski’s efforts, the Polish government enacted a law making it a crime to suggest complicity in any events of the Holocaust on behalf of any of the Polish people or on any part of their government. Violators can be fined or jailed for up to three years.
If you’re willing to believe that NOT ONE SOUL in Poland was complicit IN ANY WAY, of saving their own life by turning on their neighbors, you’re free to do so, but that would be naive. Remember, there were Americans colluding with our enemies, and they weren’t even in danger. That doesn’t necessarily cast aspersions on either of our nations, but facts are facts, and they should not be suppressed.
As a compromise, would you believe that maybe ONE person in all of Poland—just one—aided the Nazis? If so, it’s important to understand that it would be illegal in Poland to speak about it, even if you have proof. Somebody like you, a person confident enough to stand at a podium in City Hall and speak her mind—exercising her freedom of speech—could go to jail for talking about it. Even if she was wrong, does that seem right to you?
As far as the memorial goes, it is uniquely jarring, and by its own virtues, belongs in a venue where it has the potential to be more appropriately contemplated.