In 2014, New York-based Polish millionaire Sigmund A. Rolat (originally Zygmunt Rozenblat), a US-Israel citizen, decided to build a memorial in honor of non-Jews (Gentiles), who saved Jews during German occupation of Poland.
On February 26, 2016, Donald Snyder reported (Jewish Daily Forward) the plan hit a snag. It seems many Polish and Diaspora Jews don’t like Rolat’s idea of building the memorial next to the so-called Warsaw Ghetto .
“The Warsaw Ghetto is one of the biggest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. Let the Jews be among their ashes by themselves. The were abandoned. they were alone. This place is devoted to Jews and void they left. This is not a place for honoring non-Jewish Polish heroes,” says professor Jacek Leociak, a researcher of ‘Jewish victimization’ at Polish Holocaust Institute.
The memorial will include plaques with the names of 10,000 Righteous Gentile – 3,000 more than at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem. Several Polish historians have already questioned who will check the authenticity of the list.
Ironically, in September 2015, Polish-born professor Jan T. Gross (Princeton University) in an article claimed that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during the WWII. The article was published in pro-Israel German newspaper Die Welt. He also accused Poles being Europe’s top antisemite people.
“The Poles, for example, were indeed rightfully proud of their society’s resistance against the Nazis, but in fact did kill more Jews than Germans during the war,” wrote the 68-year-old Jewish historian.
Israel has recognized 70 Muslims who saved Jews from Nazis. These are from Albania, Turkey, France, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. But no mention of Iranian ambassador in Paris, Abdol-Hussen Sardari, who saved 2,000 Jews from Nazis.
Israeli propagandist Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, even authored 2007 book, Among the Righteous, crediting pro-Israel Christians for saving Jews from the Catholic-Frankist Jew Nazis.
Some human rights activist Jews have created a website called Righteous Jews exposing dark-sides of Judaism and Israel.