Each of those countries has been selected for shame in the record of history in different contexts and eras of anti-Semitism. France was notorious for it in the late 19th century due to the Dreyfus Affair. Russia had its prominent moment of shame for it due to the Kishinev Pogrom (amongst many others) in the early 20th century. In the U.S., the notoriety came during exposes of quotas and covenants and such during the 1950s (see, for example, the film Gentleman’s Agreement).
Occupied Poland had the misfortune of being the site of actual large-scale death factories for Jews, with many Poles sitting idly by as burnt human remains rained down upon them from the crematoria chimneys; other Poles collaborated indirectly and directly in the occupation, and anti-Semitism was a big motivating factor for them. It’s not like the Nazis imported violent anti-Semitism into Poland.
Sadly, those moments of infamy of all four countries were not enough to erase the longstanding cultural traditions of anti-Semitism to varying degrees that poisoned them before and after those moments. And sadly, denialism about the extent and gravity of past anti-Semitism crops up in those countries decades or mere years after the fact.
It is not BoingBoing or @jlw saying that “Poles collaborated with the Nazis” in running the death camps – we know our history here. This is a report about a right-wing newspaper in 2019 denying established facts about the occupation in the context of an anti-Semitic screed. Unfortunately, that sort of thing isn’t an isolated case in Poland or in other countries where fascism is resurgent.
As I’ve just mentioned, “just ignore the anti-Semites” as a strategy hasn’t been a particularly effective one in Polish history. Fighting right-wing populists doesn’t necessarily feed them.
Please. The Law and Justice party is in power for the same reason right-wing populist parties are in power in other countries: because their leaders appeal to the bigotry and anti-Semitism and anti-intellectualism of those countries’ Know-Nothing 27%s.
Blaming Jews who call out anti-Semitism in Poland for the rise of anti-Semitic media outlets and political parties there is victim-blaming. You don’t want to do that on this site.
The difference is that, as far as I know, there are no Cubans on the other side of the fence ignoring or praising what goes on at Guantanamo. That wasn’t the case in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Iraq is a better analogue, as there were Iraqis pretending ignorance of or cheering on the goings-on inside Abu Ghraib. In any case, the discussion here is about a Polish media outlet engaging in denialism about what Poles did or didn’t do regarding death camps that operated on Polish soil during WWII. Everyone on this site understands that it was the Nazis and not the Poles who actually ran the camps.
ETA: Velcome to BoingBoing, comrade. Your choice to use your first comment here to express disappointment in BB in a bold one, sure to be noticed by the publisher.