July 28, 2021
Polish/Jewish Relations

Five Million Forgotten – Non Jewish Victims of the Shoah

Warsaw, Poland citizens staring at the skies filled with Nazi planes.

Growing up in a Polish community, and raised by Polish-speaking parents, I heard many stories about the atrocities of the Holocaust. I learned very early how one of my family’s homes in Poland was burned to the ground by Nazis. I learned that my uncle was shot in the head by Nazi soldiers because they suspected that the family was hiding a Jewish woman. Painful as it was for them to speak about it, my parents felt it was important that I knew the story of the Holocaust.

It was only after I moved to the Los Angeles area several years ago that I realized that many people were not aware that millions of victims of the Holocaust were not Jewish. Outside the Polish community, I heard very little mention about the five million non-Jewish victims — usually referred to as “the others”.

Whenever I would say that my parents were survivors of the Holocaust, people would look at me oddly and say, “Oh, I didn’t know you were Jewish?” The impression I got was that people were not aware of any other Holocaust victims except Jews. This concerned me greatly.

http://remember.org/forgotten

Related posts

Bitter Tantrums and Buried History

Polonia

WHEN THEY SLANDER US

Polonia

Norman Davies described in his autobiography how Israeli historian was instructing British scholars to classify Poles as „bystanders” during Holocaust.

Polonia

Poland And The Jews: A Few Facts About Poland’s WWII History – by W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz

Polonia

A rabbi who fought for Poland’s independence.

Polonia

An American speaks out on the current Polish Jewish debate

Polonia

Leave a Comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.