Dziadzius wrote: I am Polish not because I was born in Wolyn but because I
chose to be Polish in my mind and heart.
Yes, in one or way or another this is what we all do. Humans seem to
naturally want to be part of a group, even beyond their immediate family,
friends and neighbours. And that's fine. Wonderful diversity of language,
arts, culture, society have been the result and many of us are fortunate
enough to live in an age where we can visit all the product of centuries of
creativity by these different peoples.
Where it goes sour - to return to our discussion of Poles-Jews - is when
that pride in belonging to a group excludes other humans' - and I would add
animals' - right to similar opportunities to live and thrive, and when it
moves towards viewing our own group as superior and others as inferior.
On a related point why do we not have similarly tortuous dialogues about
Polish-Ukrainian, Jewish-Ukrainian, and Jewish-Lithuanian mutual grievances,
as these are all relevant to Kresy and indeed many would state that the
scale and degree of cruelty and suffering was significantly greater than
Polish-Jewish hurts, though equally the quality of compassion and
selflessness was strong between people in these groups.
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