"Poklosie" - a film by Pasikowski shown for a few days at the cinemas in Poland touches an important subject of Polish-Jewish relations. Unfortunately, it distorts the relations, and tries to impose using every effort that apart from a few righteous, all the Poles are repulsive anti-Semites. Why they are permanently trying to persuade us to this lie?
- We have to separate the interest in the subject in Poland, Germany and the USA. The American determinants are totally different becase the Diaspora is very strong there. Many of Jews left Poland, their father, grandfathers were the victims of Holocaust. A big part of the Diaspora considers Poles as anti-Semites. Remember that the envinronment has strong influence on culture, the film industry and media and imposes its internal belief about the Polish anti-Semitism. Next, in Germany there is a harmful and a false blend "Polish nationalism - Polish anti-Semitism". On the top of that there is a lack of consciousness in Poland.
What do you mean?
- The reactions to the accusation of anti-Semitism should be measured. The most importan is to go into the reasons, which caused Polish-Jewish prejudice. Of course I don't claim that amongst Poles there weren't anti-Semites at all. There were. But was the Polish anti-Semitism stronger than German, French or American? Was it unique? I think that in Poland after 1989 the reviewing discussion about the anti-Semitism is aimed to draw pepole's attention away from communism crimes during the Polish People’s Republic. You can see this from the biographies of the people who impose the reviewing discussion. The people who were strongly connected with the communist system in Poland, then were involved in reviewing the Polish anti-Semitism. But it is the people who should review from anti-Semitism not the elites. The best example of such attitude is the Jedwabne case.
To which refers "Poklosie" ...
- Where a crime has been commited and this is a fact. But the same fact is that the book by Gross about Jedwabne is unreliable and distorts the history. The problem is that the so-called forces of progress in Poland consider the distorted history as a dogma. The people who denies this are called (by the so-called forces of progress in Poland ) freaks and nationalists. This distorted history is approved by such authories as Andrzej Wajda, who prises the Pasikowski's film. Unfortunately this is the way of thinking which harmonizes with the image of Poles in the Weastern Europe Countries.-> Through the Gross' glasses: greedy, primitive, murdering because of greediness, as well, jointly responsible for the Holocaust and the same anti-Semitic as Nazis. Not Germans, but Nazis! In Germany a documentary is made whose director expressed such judgement about Poles. I was dumbfounded when I heard this. So the image of a Pole as an anti-Semite is still well in the Weastern Europe Countries. Films such as "Poklosie" can only strengthen the image, but in mass-awareness this time. The people are to go tho the cinema. Pasikowski knew what was expected from a "progressive" film. If he wants to get an award and favourable review he has to do what suits the mainstream.