Saturday, June 20, 2009

Blaming 'Ordinary Poles'

In his June 16 column ["Where Anti-Semitism is Mainstream"] on the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Richard Cohen said this of President Obama's visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp:

"But I would have preferred for the president to have gone to Kielce, the Polish city where 42 Jews were murdered after an allegation of a blood libel . . . by ordinary Poles."

The horrific Kielce pogrom of July 4, 1946, was not the responsibility of ordinary Poles, but largely of the soldiers and police officers of the new communist-dominated government. Those were not ordinary times but a period of virtual civil war in Poland as communist rule was imposed on an unwilling populace.

I would prefer for Mr. Cohen to visit the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, where more Poles than any other nationality are honored for saving Jews from Nazi genocide.

-- Charles Chotkowski

Fairfield, Conn.

The writer is research director for the Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish American Congress.

No Salute for Beetle Bailey

Mort Walker and The Post owe an apology to the men and women of the U.S. military for the June 18 "Beetle Bailey" cartoon insinuating that our armed services have a mission only to "blow things up" around the world. As a veteran and the parent of two servicemen, I believe an apology is also owed to the families whose loved ones died protecting our freedoms, including the right to publish offensive cartoons.

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