‘Polish governmental inaction against neonazis’

This video says about itself:

22 January 2018

A television report shot with a hidden camera showing members of a Polish far-right group celebrating Adolf Hitler’s birthday sparked uproar on Monday, in a country still grappling with the memory of Nazi occupation.

The alarming footage, filmed in southwestern Poland and aired on news channel TVN24, shows a group of men wearing Nazi-inspired uniforms and performing Nazi salutes.

Among those caught on camera was a man identified as Mateusz S., the leader of neo-Nazi group Pride and Modernity (DN).
He appears to have been speaking at an event marking 128 years since the birth of Nazi dictator Adolf Hilter, held on a hill near the southwestern Polish village of Wodzislaw on an undisclosed date.

Undercover journalists also filmed large red flags with Nazi swastikas hanging on the trees and an altar with a portrait of Hitler.

Participants in the event set fire to a large wooden swastika soaked in flammable liquid that was fixed to a tree as they played a soundtrack of Nazi military marches.

The footage was broadcast on TVN24’s “Superwizjer” current affairs programme which also included clips from an ultranationalist rock festival in March 2017 involving both Poles and Germans, with swastikas or the initials SS tattooed on their bodies.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Polish Jewish leader denounces government’s inaction against neonazis

THE leader of Poland’s federation of Jewish communities has denounced the government for allowing the growth of the country’s neonazi movement.

Union of Jewish Communities in Poland president Leslaw Piszewski spoke out following a shocking documentary broadcast on Polish TV that showed fascists celebrating Hitler’s birthday in a forest.

The fascists, some wearing SS uniforms, raised a toast to Hitler, whose portrait hung from a tree, ate a swastika-iced cake and sieg-heiled a large wooden swastika as it burned.

“What else has to happen for us to look, to open our eyes, for the authorities to say that fascism and nazism are not tolerated in Poland?” stormed Mr Piszewski.

Attorney General Zbigniew Ziobro vowed to act against the fascists, but still drew a distinction in his statement between Jewish and non-Jewish Poles murdered by nazi Germany’s forces.

The nazi ceremony took place just 30 miles from the Auschwitz death camp, where tomorrow there will be an event to mark the 73rd anniversary of its liberation by the Soviet army.

Israel criticises Poland over proposed Holocaust law: here.

The lower house of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) approved a bill January 26 which provides for severe penalties for both Polish and foreign citizens who use the term “Polish concentration camps” and who refer to the participation of Poles in the crimes of the Holocaust. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and the president, but is expected to pass these hurdles: here.

World War II-Era Envelopes Suggest Polish Knowledge of Holocaust. By Aviya Kushner, February 1, 2018.

Israel minister says Poland cancelled his visit amid Holocaust law dispute. Education minister Naftali Bennett says ‘I am honored’. Bill would outlaw blaming Poles for historical crimes against Jews: here.

Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law Tuesday a bill censoring free speech about the Holocaust, after it has been passed by the lower and upper houses of the Polish parliament: here.


2018, year of the house martin

This video from a high-rise building in Poland shows house martins feeding their young.

2018 is the Year of the house martin in the Netherlands.

Suspect nazi criminal, US Republican party sponsor

This video says about itself:

Karkoc extradition to Poland

15 March 2017

Poland Seeks Extradition of a Ukrainian Nazi

From the Daily Beast in the USA:

Accused Nazi War Criminal Is a ‘Lifelong Republican’ Who Gave Thousands to GOP

Michael Karkoc is wanted in Poland for ‘liquidating’ a village while he was an SS commander. His son says he gave to the RNC simply because he loves the party.

Ken Klippenstein

11.22.17 2:40 PM ET

A Minnesota man accused of committing war crimes when he commanded a Nazi-led unit during World War II contributed thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, a Daily Beast review of federal campaign records found.

Michael Karkoc is wanted for arrest in Poland after the country’s war crimes prosecutors said they are “100 percent” certain that Karkoc commanded a SS company and that there was “no doubt” that his men razed two Polish villages, killing 40 civilians. In July, Poland requested Karkoc’s extradition from the U.S. and is waiting for a decision. (The Justice Department said it does not comment on extradition requests).

In June 2013, the Associated Press reported Karkoc was a SS officer and that one of his men told Soviet investigators that his unit had been ordered to “liquidate all the residents” of the village of Chlaniow, Poland, resulting in the deaths of men, women and children.

After the AP published its exposé, Karkoc made three separate contributions to the Republican National Committee totaling $3,850 between September 2013 and May 2014. These are the only federal campaign contributions he has made, according to available records.

The RNC did not respond to a request for comment.

Karkoc’s son, Andriy Karkos, told The Daily Beast the contributions were made only because Karkoc has been a “lifelong Republican.”

“He has a picture of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in his bedroom,” Karkos said.

Asked to explain his father’s affinity for the GOP, Karkos replied: “Republicans oppose communists…Under FDR, the White House was penetrated by Soviet agents of influence.”

“I’m assuming he voted Republican [in the 2016 presidential election],” Karkos added, remarking that he sees no reason for his father to have changed his support for the GOP.

“The fact that he donated in 2014 has nothing to do with the lies and slanders about my father…the Associated Press said in the third paragraph of their original scandalous story slandering my father that the records do not show that [he] had a direct role in war crimes.”

However, the AP cited a Nazi payroll sheet signed by an SS officer in 1945 showing Karkoc collected his salary as a member of the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, an SS unit of Ukranian nationalists. There is Karkoc’s own memoir in which he says he helped found the USDL with the help of the SS and that he served as a company commander until the end of the war.

Multiple statements from men in Karkoc’s unit “confirm the Ukrainian company he commanded massacred civilians,” the AP wrote, “and suggest that Karkoc was at the scene of these atrocities as the company leader.”

The report also cites Nazi SS files stating Karkoc and his unit were involved in suppressing the Warsaw Uprising, an operation by the Polish underground to liberate the city from German control, which ended with more than 150,000 civilians killed by Germans.

Additionally, the Associated Press obtained Karkoc’s U.S. Army intelligence file under the Freedom of Information Act, showing that Karkoc lied to US immigration officials in 1949, having claimed that he did not engage in any military service during World War II.

Karkoc became a naturalized citizen ten years later and listed his occupation on federal campaign contribution records as a carpenter. Karkoc, 98, now lives in a nursing home. Polish prosecutors said “age is not a factor when it comes to bringing anyone to justice.”

Neonazis march in Warsaw, Poland

This video says about itself:

11 November 2017

Fascists and other far-right extremists have gathered in Warsaw to mark the 99th anniversary of Polish independence.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Fascists dominate Poland’s independence day march

Sunday 12th November 29017

60,000 march through Warsaw with banners calling for refugees to “F*** off” and for a “Holocaust” of Muslims

SIXTY THOUSAND far-right activists marched through Warsaw at the weekend to mark Poland’s independence day, November 11.

Under the slogan “We want God,” a line from a traditional nationalist song quoted by US President Donald Trump on a visit to Poland earlier this year, marchers carried banners calling for refugees to “F*** off” and for a “Holocaust” of Muslims.

Other slogans included “Not red, not rainbow, but national Poland,” a double rejection of the country’s socialist past and of gay liberation, which Polish nationalists associate with the West. Marchers chanted for “clean blood” and a “Europe for the white people”.

They were joined by fascists from across Europe, including Tommy Robinson, the former English Defence League boss. Anti-fascist campaign Hope Not Hate director Nick Lowles said Poland’s annual independence day march was increasingly a magnet for white supremacists in Europe.

On Saturday, November 11, at least 60,000 fascist demonstrators from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia gathered in Warsaw, the Polish capital, on Poland’s “Independence Day” to stage what has been described as the biggest far-right demonstration since the fall of Nazism. Some estimates suggested as many as 100,000 participants: here.

Germany: Anti-Semitism in classroom prompts student to report classmates. The 15-year-old girl tried to stop her classmates from making anti-Semitic jokes and displaying Nazi symbols. The Dresden student was awarded for her courage in reporting her classmates to the police: here.

Theresa May flies to Poland to sign treaty a day after EU takes unprecedented action over country’s slide toward authoritarianism. PM plans defence treaty with Mateusz Morawiecki: here.

Fascism and anti-fascism in Poland

This 2016 video is about Adolf Hitler‘s ‘Eagle’s Nest’ house in the Alps.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Warning over fascist festival leads to activist being sued

Friday 10th November 2017

A LEADING Polish anti-fascist campaigner is being sued after warning that a neonazi rock festival in her country promotes “fascist ideas.”

Organisers of the Eagle’s Nest festival are taking Nigdy Wiecej (Never Again) magazine co-editor and Holocaust historian Dr Anna Tatar to court for defamation.

She could face up to a year in jail over her comments on the festival in 2016, when told news site Onet.pl that “fascist ideas are promoted” at the festival and “such events must not take place in Poland.”

The trial was opened in the Kielce district court and transferred to the regional court for Warsaw in October.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Dr Tatar warned: “The activities of the extreme right in Poland are getting more and more bold and ostentatious.

“The musical festivals and marches which they organise allegedly to celebrate various national holidays are but an umbrella for the rallies of neonazis from all over Europe,” she said.

“It is depressing to see that the anti-racist activists are facing consequences in the courts.”

The Eagle’s Nest has been held every year since 2013, with both Polish and international bands on the bill — some affiliated to international neonazi network Blood and Honour.

They include such acts as All Bandits, Nordica, Stalag and Obled, once known as Konkwista 88 — the 88 representing the slogan “Heil Hitler.”

One Obled song speaks of fighting “for blood and honour, for white pride and the Celtic cross,” while their number The White Violets has the lyrics: “We shall not allow the spoiling of our pure blood, we are the Slavic power.”

Audience members have been seen giving the nazi salute during songs.

Dr Tatar is not the only Nigdy Wiecej campaigner to face legal action this year.

In September, Leszek Scioch was charged with “preventing a lawful demonstration celebrating the victory of the Polish soldiers over the Red Army.”

That was after he took part in a sit-in roadblock counter-demonstration against an August 15 march through Warsaw by far-right groups the All-Polish Youth and the National-Radical Camp (ONR).

And Rafal Maszkowski was arrested for trying to block an April 29 march to commemorate the ONR’s 1934 founding.

He said police did nothing to stop ONR members marching through Warsaw chanting: “Death to the enemies of the fatherland,” “No Islam, terrorists, Muslims in our country” and “the white warriors are coming.”

60,000 people march in massive Nazi rally in Poland: here.

German anti-Polish revanchism

This 2008 video is called Poland under German occupation 1939-1945.

In Germany, there was a neonazi band called Landser. They sang songs like ‘Adolf Hitler, unser Führer, Adolf Hitler, unser Held’ (Adolf Hitler, our Führer, our hero); songs claiming that African immigrants should be expelled from Germany and drowned; and at least one anti-Polish song: ‘Polackentango’ (Polacks‘ tango).

Some of its lines (translated):

When at Danzig [Polish: Gdansk] the Polish fleet will sink into the sea
And the German national anthem will sound on the Marienburg [the medieval castle of the Teutonic Order crusaders in Malbork, in Poland]
Then the Wehrmacht [Hitler’s army] will invade Breslau [Polish: Wroclaw] with their tanks
Und then the eastern territories of Germany [with nazi Germany‘s borders] will come home at last

At first sight, one might think this is a rant by mentally ill nazis without any political influence. Landser was convicted (not especially for the Polackentango; for their nazism and racism in general). And in 1970, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), led by Willy Brandt, agreed to recognize the post-1945 western border of Poland (what earlier West German governments had refused).

Today, 14 September 2017, however, Dutch NOS TV reports about Alexander Gauland. He is one of the two leaders of the extreme right AfD party, expected to get MPs in this month’s German general election (the other leader is Alice Weidel). Mr Gauland has said in a 2 September 2017 speech that Germans should be proud of the violence of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in World War II (and of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s armed forces in World War I as well). ‘Just like French people are proud of Napoleon, and British people of Winston Churchill‘.

Just days before the federal election, the consequences of Germany’s return to a policy of war and militarism are becoming ever more apparent. At a meeting of the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the state of Thuringia at the beginning of September, the party’s leading election candidate, Alexander Gauland, called for Germany’s Nazi past to be seen in a positive light: here.

Even further to the political ‘center’: an article by Peter Schwarz from Germany of today points out German revanchism against the western border of Poland. Not by some neonazi band, not by the AfD, but by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a ‘center’-right-wing establishment daily newspaper.

Germany and Poland are both European Union and NATO military alliance members. If the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has its way, then relations between these two allies will look like those of the two NATO, and still European Union, allies Spain and Britain, with their conflict on Gibraltar. Or like the NATO allies Turkey (also associate European Union member) and Greece (full European Union member).