Professor at Polish Academy of Sciences: 'Jews participated in the murder of their people'

By NISSAN TZUR JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT


04/07/2013 04:32

Professor Jasiewicz, an expert on Polish-Jewish relations, causes outrage after
saying "Jews worked to bring the Holocaust about."KRAKOW – Krzysztof Jasiewicz, a professor at the Polish Academy of
Sciences and a well known expert on Polish-Jewish relations, has caused
outrage by claiming in an interview with Polish magazine Focus last week
that Jews took an active part in the murder of other Jews during WWII.

The
interview appeared in a special edition of the magazine focusing on the
70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising this week.

In the
interview, titled “Are the Jews themselves guilty?” Jasiewicz shared
views that sound like they were taken from a Nazi propaganda bulletin.

“This
nonsense about Jews being killed mostly by Poles was created to hide
the biggest Jewish secret. The scale of the German crime was only
possible because the Jews themselves participated in the murder of their
own people,” Jasiewicz said.

Jasiewicz also said that the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves.

“For
many generations, the Jews, not the Catholic Church, worked to bring
the Holocaust about. It looks like the Jews haven’t learned their lesson
and haven’t come to any conclusions yet,” he said.

He continued, accusing the Jewish people of harming their relations with Poles.

“The Jews have a problem because they are convinced they are the chosen people.

They
feel that they are entitled to interpret everything, including Catholic
doctrine. They will always criticize whatever we did or will do. It
will never be enough, it will always be wrong and not generous enough. I
am convinced that there is no point in a dialogue with the Jews,
because it leads nowhere,” said Jasiewicz.

He also commented on the massacres of Jews by their Catholic Polish neighbors during the war.

“I
am completely convinced that the crime at Jadwabne and other pogroms
were not committed in order to seize Jewish property or as revenge for
the many terrible things that Jews did to the Poles in the past. The
pogroms were mostly motivated by great fear of the Jews.

These
desperate murderers may have told themselves that they were doing
terrible things, but that their grandchildren would be grateful to them.
I think that such an interpretation is possible, though it does not
absolve the crime.” Jasiewicz explained that because “Jews are blinded
by their hate and desire for revenge” they “cooperated with communist
groups before the war and joined the communist secret police after the
war.

“I believe that anyone with some education and intelligence
will understand that the Jewish version is not always true and not
always better than others.”

The professor also attacked scholars
who believe the “Jewish version” and Jewish scholars who, he said, try
to hide their religious identity.

Eugeniusz Krol, director of the
Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences,
likened Jasiewicz’s statements to the tone of the Nazi newspaper
Stuermer.

“I am shocked and disturbed.

I talked to my colleagues and they are also shocked by this case.”

Stuermer’s
slogan, Krol said, came through in Jasiewicz’s interview. Their slogan,
he said, was “‘Everything is the fault of the Jews.’ Maybe this was not
deliberate on his part, but it sounds disgusting and very bad.

I
realize that it hurts the image of our institute, especially since
Professor Jasiewicz is the head of one of our departments. This is
Professor Jasiewicz’s personal opinion, and I deeply disagree with it.
His thesis is too farreaching, even shameful.”

Krol said he was perplexed by the interview since in previous articles Jasiewicz expressed different opinions.

“He
is behaving as if he has abandoned all his knowledge as a historian. I
do not know how to explain it, I hope that it was some kind of mistake
or misunderstanding” said Krol.

He also said that he intends to speak with Jasiewicz in an attempt to understand what made him express these views.

The
board of the Polish Academy of Science is also scheduled to meet in the
near future to discuss whether steps will be taken against Jasiewicz.

Michael Wojcik, the editorin- chief of Focus, explained his decision to publish the controversial interview with Jasiewicz.

“We
showed that anti-Semitism among scientists doesn’t just belong to the
past, but still exists today. We could not refrain from writing about
it.”

He agreed that Jasiewicz’s statements were not in line with
the views of the magazine’s readers and apologized to anyone who was
offended by Jaskiewicz’s words. He noted that other articles written by
the editors of the magazine in this and earlier editions show that they
hold views that are opposed to Jasiewicz’s.
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