Thursday 14 February 2019

Post removed--moved to LSN

I wrote vociferously this morning about a probable attempt to blacken Poland's record during World War 2. The article has now been modified and submitted to LSN.

Update: And here it is.

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell has apologised on Twitter although not on television yet, as far as I know.

To boil the controversy down: Mitchell wrongly said the "Polin" Museum is a museum dedicated to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It isn't.  It's dedicated to the entire history of the Jewish community in Poland.

But to add insult to inaccuracy, Mitchell also said that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was against the "Polish and Nazi regime."

Poland was occupied by the Germans and the Russians in 1939, then by the Germans alone soon after Hitler turned on Stalin in 1941, and then by the Russians alone when the Second World War ended in 1945.

There was no "Polish regime" in existence during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This revolt took place from April 19 to May 16, 1943. It was against the Germans. The Warsaw Uprising, which lasted from  August 1 until October 2, 1944, was also against the Germans. 

I am of German descent, and I have not problem admitting those facts. So what was Mitchell's problem? 

For more information about what the Polish Christian experience of the German occupation was like, please see my LSN article. It's short but to the point.

Meanwhile it astonishes me that a 72 year old American journalist could is so ignorant of basic facts from the Second World War. It worries me, too.

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