Message # 2216, Letters to Daily Telegr....
- View SourceIt 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
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
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