To the editors:
I am a witness to the Holocaust and I strongly resent the letter to the Reader of September 21, by Miss Eva Jastrzebski of the Polish American Congress, in her attempt to whitewash the complicity of most of the Polish People in turning into a mountain of ashes of over one million of Jewish children among others.
My experience and living with the Polish people goes back for many years with fond memories of their sincerity, hard work and deep reverence for their Catholic clergy.
But, when some of the Catholic clergy preaches in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that: "To kill a Jew is not a sin" which too often was heard on Christian Holidays in Poland, prior to and during the infamous pogrom on Jews in the Polish city of Kielce on July 4, 1946, who is to be held more responsible? The peasants with the help of the local police? Or the Clergy who instigated and created the murder environment?
I think that the subject of Polish Anti-Semitism merits a deeper analysis, since it relates of all the places to the New Testament, namely: King James Bible. Gospel according to Saint Matthew 10, 21, Jesus said: "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child; and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death."
St. Matthew 10, 34, Jesus said: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."
St. Luke 14, 26, Jesus said: "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
Hate, hate and more hate.
Under such spiritual guidance how could anybody expect different "Christian love" as in the pogrom in Kielce, which overshadows all other massacres, which stains the history of this bloody century. The pogroms in Kishinew, Proskurov, Pinsk, Brest-Litovsk, Przytyk and Czenstochova, taken place mostly on Christian holidays with Church participation.
The slaughter of Jewish survivors in Kielce and elsewhere took place on the 170th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence. It was on this anniversary of American liberty that the self-styled Polish patriots of the underground National Armed Forces with the complicity of the local church perpetrated the Kielce massacre, aimed to embarrass the new pro Soviet government. They slaughtered men, women, children and new born babies, by the hundreds.
This is how the local church in Kielce made it work: They hid a local nine year old boy Henryk Blaszczyk for three days prior to the 4th of July massacre, spreading a false rumor that the Jews murdered him for their religious ritual, like many other Christian boys.
A mob of nearly five thousand peasants, incited by their Priests shouting "To kill a Jew is not a sin" the brutal slaughter began, with the local police participating.
Interesting is the fact, that two days before the pogrom in Kielce, we in the city of Lodz, Poland, heard what is in the making, but it was considered just another rumor.
A few days after the Kielce massacre, another pogrom has been prepared in Lodz proper, by the same perpetrators, this time against the residents in the "Intellectual's building" on Franciskanska 15, but was frustrated by a "Welcome committee" of former Jewish partisans with machine guns and hand grenades.
The Polish king Kazimir the Great invited Jews to bring commerce, industry and civilization. Poland paid back with persecution, pogroms and complicity in the Holocaust, of which they have nothing to be proud of, only disgrace.
More on the subject by a witness after the massacre, written by an American correspondent S.L. Shneiderman in his book Between Fear and Hope by Arco Publishing Company in New York.