- All: I am unable to follow the group with a fine toothed comb right now as I am swamped from all sides. However, I read in A Question of Honor that the NazisMessage 1 of 33 , Mar 25 8:38 AMView SourceAll:
I am unable to follow the group with a fine toothed comb right now as I am
swamped from all sides. However, I read in A Question of Honor that the
Nazis were unable to, for lack of a better word, get ethnic Poles to work in
the camps as guards or kapos. Poles flat out refused. I hope this is what
this string is about--the misbranding, or misplacing, or mislabeling or
worse--of Poles as kapos since they did not work in the camps in those
Gosh and Gee Whiz, Janusz! You state âMaybe the myth of the always
righteous Pole should be investigated?â and then you provide a link which
totally dispels the myth and confirms the Poles to be righteous! Thank you!
Allow me to quote four passages from this link:
(1) âMy father had information, both from his prewar Gentile Polish
friends and by listening to a secret underground radio used in the Lodz ghetto
by a small group of men to hear from BBC true war news.â
(2) âOne of the Polish Gentile Kapos in that barracks took me aside and
told me what my brother and I were facing there. He told me that he would
try to get us out as soon as he can manage, and he did just that probably on
the third day there. He was a total stranger to me. He smuggled us out and
we rejoined our father and the men's camp barracks.â
(3) âTwo Polish Gentile Kapos at the infirmary told me that I was being
held to become a guinea pig for malaria experiments there. They said that
they will try to get me out of there, if at all possible. They began to show
up at my bedside several times per day, bringing me pieces of bread, a
slice of sausage or even a hard-boiled egg, such as these I hadn't seen for
years. After a few days the holes in my legs began to heal and probably only
within one week these two Poles put a corpse into my bed and smuggled me
out into the general camp where I rejoined my brother in the quarantine
(4) âMy brother and I were helped by several other Polish Gentile
prisoners in the Dachau camps. Such men truly deserve the Latin phrase "Ecce
And thank you, John Halucha, for being (as Janusz calls you) âthe
self-appointed guardian of the immaculate name of the Polish Nationâ. Looks
like such a guardian is needed on this Forum â" and you sure have my vote!
BOZENA â" Florida, USA
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- Eve, maybe you were recalling Lukas sentence on the Poles refusal to serve in the General Government. Part of the reason for the exclusive German characterMessage 33 of 33 , Apr 3, 2010View SourceEve, maybe you were recalling Lukas' sentence on the Poles' refusal to serve in the General Government. "Part of the reason for the exclusive German character of its (the General Government's) administration was the fact that no prominent Poles were ever willing to collaborate with the Nazis." From "The Forgotten Holocaust".
Somewhere way back I must have read about there being Polish guards in camps since this wrongly assumed and unresearched fact existed in the back of my mind. Distinguishing between kapos and guards was therefore quite important to me.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Eve5J@... wrote:
> Dear Group:
> I have looked in A Question of Honor more than once and other books and
> references for the entry regarding Polish people refusing to serve as guards
> in the camps, and so have others. We have all come up empty-handed, yet I
> have learned a couple of things. Sorry if I am being repetitive now. The
> first is, all guards in the camps were SS; therefore, there were no ethnic
> Polish guards. Also there is a big difference between concentration camp
> guards and kapos. Kapos were also prisoners and served in basically an
> overseer capacity. Most kapos were German, but there were also a few from
> other ethnic groups, including Jews, ethnic Poles, and others.
> I will continue to look for the reference which I could swear I read in A
> Question of Honor.
> Finally, the original link Danuta provided appears to be a Ukrainian
> website and group. I sent the original post to Jan Niechwiadowicz of the Polish
> Media Issues group. We both agreed that there is really nothing that can
> be done about the website. Jan hoped to respond to the group but was
> extremely busy and it seems this string has now run its course.
> Thank you to all who helped me try to locate the reference and for the
> facts provided. If I ever locate the reference, I will inform the group.
> In a message dated 3/25/2010 11:38:48 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Eve
> I am unable to follow the group with a fine toothed comb right now as I am
> swamped from all sides. However, I read in A Question of Honor that the
> Nazis were unable to, for lack of a better word, get ethnic Poles to work in
> the camps as guards or kapos. Poles flat out refused. I hope this is
> what this string is about--the misbranding, or misplacing, or mislabeling or
> worse--of Poles as kapos since they did not work in the camps in those
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