Outrageous claims against Poles by Washington Post
Poland's Role In the Death Camps
Wednesday, September 29, 2004; Page A26
While the ambassador of Poland is correct that German Nazis
built the concentration camps in Poland, his Sept. 22 letter,
"Germany's Camp, Not Poland's," nevertheless reflects
a historical inaccuracy in suggesting that Poland bore
no responsibility for what transpired on Polish territory.
A large percentage of people who worked in the death camps
and assisted the Germans in their murderous plans were Poles
-- without whose assistance the Germans would never have been
able to kill as many people as they did in such a short time.
There are many things Poles can do to build a better country
where the sad events of the past won't be repeated. Rewriting
history is not one of them.
ANDREW M. CAPLAN
Comments to the above text by Ted Mirecki:
The ombudsman's decision to ignore the many protests of his
readers, and the editor's decision to publish this letter,
speaks volumes about the Wash Post's prejudices.
Here is my proposed path of action in response to the letter
that appeared in the Post on Sept. 29
Write to the ombudsman, and to the executive editor, politely
expressing disappointment that the editors chose to publish
such blatant falsehoods. Tell them a charge such as this CANNOT
remain unchallenged. Request that the Post publish a correction
from an authoritative source. DO NOT present arguments against
this writer; that will simply be your word against his, and
the Post has a tradition of not publishing discussions among
its readers. Demand a correction, but leave it to someone else
to supply it. Other parties (the Embassy, PAC) will attempt
to get such a correction to the paper. We need LOTS OF DEMANDS
for correction, but a limited number of well-formed
and authoritative corrections.
Here are the addresses:
Leonard Downie Jr., Executive Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20071
Michael Getler, Ombudsman
or call 202-334-7582
or snail-mail to address as above.