POL­ISH PREJ­U­DICE

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

In the ar­ti­cle Life in­side the con­cen­tra­tion camps of Scot­land, ( JC, Jan 15), Si­mon Webb left an in­ac­cu­rate and un­fair im­pres­sion of Pol­ish govern­ment an­tisemitism.

Webb says that “Poles who had been serv­ing with the Ger­man army… were handed over to the Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties… who promptly en­listed them”.

Most Poles cap­tured while in forced Ger­man con­scrip­tion — not ‘‘ser­vice’’ — then vol­un­teered to fight un­der Bri­tish com­mand. They were care­fully vet­ted and many went on to make hor­ren­dous sac­ri­fices in de­feat­ing their con­querors at Falaise in 1944. Nei­ther th­ese men nor the Pol­ish govern­ment de­serve Webb’s treat­ment.

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