Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fury about German TV series on the war

But the series spoke truth.  I have a high regard for Poles in general  but I have yet to meet one who did not have a bee in his bonnet about "The Jews".  With a few exceptions, Poles were quick to help Hitler round up Jews in Poland

Poland has accused its neighbour of distorting historical facts and making victims of the war out of the real criminals.  The reason for the allegations is the German TV station ZDF three-part documentary which aired at the end of March 'Our Mothers, Our Fathers'.

It focussed on the fate of five Germans in WWII and upset people in Poland after it depicted Polish resistance fighters as anti-Semitic.

In one scene a group of fighters orders a train with concentration camp victims to carry on when they realise the passengers are Jewish.  In another a partisan says 'we drown Jews like rats.'

The Polish ambassador to Berlin was furious at the depiction of Poles as hostile towards Jews in the programme

ZDF responded saying that in no way was it intending to trivialise historical facts or reduce German responsibility with the mini series.  Producer Nico Hofmann said the depictions of 'the Polish situation... are based on historically vetted material' and there was no intention to defame the Poles.'


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many in the neighboring Baltic states were also indifferent to the German occupiers removing or executing their own Jewish populations (in total contrast to the Danes who managed to evacuate almost all their Jews to neutral Sweden).