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Poland Innocent



To the editors:

I strongly object to references in the July 6, 1990 article "Children of the Holocaust" which not only inferred but accused the Polish people as a whole of "eager collaboration" with the Nazis which resulted in the atrocities which occurred during WW II.

To insinuate that the Poles were a party to the intricately planned destruction of the Polish Jews, who were Polish citizens, is to assume that the Poles had complicity, eagerly collaborated and welcomed the Nazis to invade, pillage and slaughter unchecked throughout Poland, and welcomed the burning of their own capital, Warsaw, to the ground. This is ludicrous.

My grandfather, a Polish Catholic, died in the Buchenwald concentration camp. My cousin was born, and nearly died, in Auschwitz. My mother was a 15-year-old teenager, who saw her city destroyed during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. She subsequently spent the final days of the war in a Nazi labor camp.

I strongly agree that we must never forget, and I will not.

Mark G. Sobor, M.D.

N. Keeler

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