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  • cglodek@att.net
    It is all so sad and really quite unncessary. It comes from a failure on both sides to remember the real historical background to the co-existence of these
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2002
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      It is all so sad and really quite unncessary. It comes
      from a failure on both sides to remember the real
      historical background to the co-existence of these
      peoples over a period of 600 years. Most Poles today are
      the descendants of the "wloscianie" , the peasant
      population of Poland, which was even more abused by the
      Polish nobility and aristocracy than were the Jewish
      people over those several centuries. The nobles right of
      arbitrary life and death over the Polish peasantry ( and
      the other peasant nationalities of the Commonwealth) is
      a cringing and sufficient example. On the other hand, the
      Jewish population was protected from the caprice of the
      nobles to a far greater extent by royal decree and other
      privileges granted to them by
      the all-powerful Polish magnates.
      When both groups arrived in the New World as immigrants
      or came to
      settle Australiasia these difference were not wiped out.
      The advantages which in part arose out of economic and
      legal position in the old Europe (ancien regime)
      continue to shape our relationship today.
      It is quite unfortunate that some people prefer to once
      again forget
      all this and continue to find blame with the children of
      the shackled Polish peasant. Today's Poles are not
      responsible for the crimes of the
      German elite in WWII as the faulty inference is made in
      one of the letters, and even more importantly, most Poles
      today come
      from families that had little contact and no influence
      whatever on charting the course of Jewish relations with the
      Polish state and people. All that came by command from
      the top, the Polish magnates and aristocracy.
      I for one do not accept
      responsibility for the actions of the nobility and
      aristocracy in Poland, who absolutely and with fire and
      sword, determined the course of all social relations and
      who deprived my ancestors of their
      human dignity and their fundamenal human rights for so
      many centuries.

      Cass Glodek
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