NJ "Holocaust Educational Authorities" VICIOUSLY ATTACK Polish People with LIES and HATE PROPAGANDA!
By Frank Milewski - Brooklyn Polish American Congress Anti-Bigotry Committee & Polish Holocaust Documentation Committee
FACTUAL ERRORS MAR N.J.
Brooklyn, N.Y. .. In a letter addressed to New Jersey’s Department of Education, the
Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish American Congress is asking the
agency to remove a series of false statements about Poland and the Polish people
appearing in the Holocaust curriculum displayed on its website.
The misrepresentations blame Poland for atrocities committed against Jews during the
Holocaust. They also imply the Polish people were not one of Hitler’s victims but, instead,
were one of his Allies. An Ally he used to help him murder Jews “because Hitler would have
to justify his actions to the Germans” and the Poles “made it easier for him to accomplish
In its letter to the Department of Education, the Holocaust Documentation Committee
called it “more than merely an absurd accusation. It is a shameful fraud perpetrated
against Poland and against the schoolchildren of New Jersey.”
Below is the text of the committee’s letter:
August 4, 2014
David C. Hespe, Acting Commissioner
New Jersey Dept. of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500
Dear Mr. Hespe:
New Jersey’s Dept. of Education’s website displays a curriculum titled, “Teaching About
the Holocaust.” It states this curriculum was “Reviewed, Edited and Disseminated” by the
Commission on Holocaust Education.
We would like to inquire about the extent to which New Jersey uses it to teach the Holocaust.
We understand you were appointed Acting Commissioner of Education only recently and you
may not be aware of this curriculum’s shortcomings and defects.
The matter was brought to our attention by constituents of ours residing in your state. They
recognized numerous errors and omissions which could easily confuse and mislead students
into adopting attitudes of prejudice against Poland and the Polish American community.
Our Holocaust Documentation Committee was founded by a Polish Catholic survivor of
Auschwitz just prior to the opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993.
Although most survivors have already passed on, we are fortunate to still have one of the
very first prisoners of Auschwitz, a Polish Catholic sent there shortly after it opened in
Polish Christians constituted the largest group of prisoners for the first 2 ½ years of the
war. Your curriculum confirms this little-known fact when it identifies the Wannsee
Conference of 1942 as the event at which the Germans formulated the Final Solution and
began the intensive persecution of Europe’s Jews.
In its introduction, your curriculum states it wants students to “understand the enormity and
depth of the Holocaust.” It describes victims of the Holocaust as Jews and others from
Strangely, these “targeted groups” are never identified. Poland, of course, represented the
major component of the groups. But Poles were not only victims. Right from the day the
Germans invaded Poland in 1939 until the day the war ended in May 1945, Poland’s
underground resistance was the largest and most effective anti-Nazi resistance in all of
Yet, your curriculum misrepresents Poland’s wartime role by implying Hitler placed his
extermination camps in Poland instead of Germany “because Hitler would have to justify
his actions to the Germans, while the Polish government...made it easier for him to accomplish
his goals.” This is more than merely an absurd accusation. It is a shameful Holocaust fraud
perpetrated against Poland and against the schoolchildren of New Jersey.
Poland’s wartime losses were catastrophic. Six million Polish citizens had been killed by
the time it all ended: three million Polish Jews and three million Polish Christians, together
representing 22% of the nation’s population, proportionately larger than any other country’s.
Those who were members of New Jersey’s Commission on Holocaust Education and
“Reviewed, Edited and Disseminated” this curriculum appear to have lacked qualifications
to authorize its use as a valid educational tool. Their perspective conflicts dramatically, for
example, with Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial which honors Poland as the country
with the largest number of “Righteous Gentiles” who risked their lives to save Jews. More
Poles were killed trying to rescue Jews than anyone else.
Two years ago, President Obama awarded his Presidential Medal of Freedom to the great
Polish Catholic hero, Jan Karski who today is known as “the man who tried to stop the
Holocaust.” Poland’s wartime government and the Polish underground resistance sent
him to England and the United States to warn the Allies, specifically President Roosevelt,
that Hitler had begun the Holocaust. Your curriculum, however, instructs New Jersey
students that the Polish government “already persecuted the Jews” and “made it easier
for him (Hitler) to accomplish his goals.”
Your curriculum also charges Poland “has a long history of anti-Semitism.” This long
history, however, dates back to the Middle Ages and before. When the nations of
Western Europe were expelling their Jews, Poland opened its borders to offer them a
safe haven. Poland’s welcome was so warm that 80% of Europe’s Jews chose to eventually
live there. They were accepted and allowed to have their language, religion and culture
flourish as nowhere else.
The attempt to discredit Poland’s image and reputation is most obvious in the second
part of the Kristallnacht section, a totally incongruous place to include it since this was
a pre-war event in Germany. It has every appearance of being a malevolent afterthought
aimed at tarnishing Poland’s good name. Its out-of-context misplacement warrants its
The Polish people support the teaching of Holocaust history but taught truthfully and
without anti-Polish malice. Polish suffering and Polish resistance to the Nazis and the
Communists are an essential part of this history.
That Hitler made the Polish people one of the Holocaust’s major targets attests to the
magnitude of this horrific crime. “Never Again” are words a Pole could speak just as
loudly and just as articulately as any Jew would.
Frank Milewski, Chair
PAR Note: It's absolutely disgusting that these Leftist White Liberal Supremacists who have TAKEN OVER the "Educational Curriculumns" of NJ Schools are NOW TRYING to TAKE BLAME AWAY from Nazi Germany and its Holocaust of Jews (and Poles) and trying to put the BLAME ON POLAND which was the FIRST VICTIM of the Nazi Germans!!! It seems like it is only a matter of time ...when these Leftist White Liberal SUPREMACIST ANTI-POLISH BIGOTS in their insanity .......will say that "Hitler was Polish and NOT German". WHY are these vicious Anti-Polish sicko's in this so called "Holocaust Curriculum" STARTING to BLAME Polish people for the HELL Nazi Germany started and NOT blaming Nazi Germany?????