Trump brings joy and sorrow to Polish Jews

US president Donald Trump visited Poland last week. His visit brought mix feelings among the leaders of 20,000-strong Jewish community.

Trump was applauded by Jewish leaders when he made the statement: “Americans, Poles and nations of Europe value freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are,” claiming Trump was talking about the anti-Israel Islamic Terrorism as Trump’s speech was written by his Jew speech writer Stephen Miller.

However, their joy vaporized when Trump refused to visit Auschwitz Museum to shed tears on behalf of 310 million Americans. This was breaking a historic American tradition. Since the demise of Soviet Russia in 1989 in Afghanistan – every US president who visited the country, has paid their respect at the Holocaust monument.

Ever since the fall of Communism in 1989, all US presidents and vice-presidents visiting Warsaw had made a point of visiting the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto,” Chief Rabbi said in a statement.

Trump also irked Polish Jewry when he invoked Katyn Forest massacre committed by the Soviet Army during its invasion of Poland in September 1939 in support of the Nazis. The murder of 25,700 Poles by NKVD was ordered by Jewish patron Josef Stalin, who established the Jewish state in USSR in May 1933.

Trump said: “In 1939, you were invaded yet again, this time by Nazi Germany from the west and the Soviet Union from the east.”

Rabbi statement reminds me one of the inmates, Chaim Kaplan, who kept a diary during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, wrote: Every nation, in its time of misfortune, has conspirators who do their work in secret. In our case an entire nation has been raised on conspiracy. With others the conspiracy is political; with us it is religious and national (here).

Jewish leaders fear that Trump’s action will give rise to Jew hatred among the Polish Catholic majority. In September 2015, Polish-US professor Jan T. Gross (Princeton University) had accused Polish Christians for killing more Jews than the German Nazis during the WWII.

In January 2017, Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo, a Islamophobe Christian Zionist, welcomed first batch of American troop on Polish soil since the end of Russian installed communist-Jewish regime in 1989. US has built a military base in the town of Zagan which was condemned by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Islam has a long history in Poland dating back to the 14th century with little recorded hostility towards the then quite sizable Muslim minority. Before Poland disappeared from the maps of Europe at the end of the 18th century it was home to almost 30 beautiful mosques. Currently, Muslims make less than 0.1 % of country’s 38 million population – but thanks to Israeli propaganda, Polish Christians believe that they’re invaded by 260,000 anti-West Muslims (here).

In 1795 Poland disappeared from map of Europe for the next 123 years. Throughout that period the Ottoman Empire protected Polish interests. It became a second home for many Poles, who, after settling in Istanbul or Anatolia were not just ordinary refugees but they contributed greatly to Turkey’s development. Officers such as Józef Bem (Murad Pasha), Konstanty Borzęcki (Mustafa Celaleddin Pasha), Ludwik Bystrzonowski (Arslan Pasha), Feliks Breański (Şahin Pasha), Władysław Kościelski (Sefer Pasha), Antoni Aleksander Iliński (Iskender Pasha) and Seweryn Bieliński (Nihad Pasha) earned the title of General in the Ottoman army and would not only work to Turkey’s advantage on the battlefield, but they also shared their insights on internal matters and Foreign Policy issues.

In 1909, Count Leon Ostroróg  became the adviser to the Minister of Justice, while Alfred Bieliński (Ahmet Rüstem Pasha) was appointed ambassador of Turkey in Washington. The Poles also helped in the field of mining.

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