I was born in 1935. My memories go back to the tine I was three years old. We moved from Katowice to Warsaw before WW2. We lived near Lublin during the war under an assumed name. My father worked in Lublin but worked with partisans as well. He was appointed acting governor of Silesia by the initial Polish government in Lublin and we returned to Katowice. In 1947 my father became “persona non grata” of the Communist authorities; we moved to Stettin (Szczecin). In 1948 I was arrested by Polish secret police for anti-government activities. In 1949 we left Poland; there was an arrest for us on the border. All our possessions were confiscated. We have received no compensations for any of our properties. During the war we had contact with German soldiers as well as partisans. At a Christmas party in 1942 a neighboring villager, while drunk, boasted that he had lured 27 Jews into his basement; when their money became exhausted, he denounced them to the Nazis; they were most likely taken to the nearby Majdanek concentration camp. Poland counts on us old people to die, and our claims to die with us. Poland needs to establish a bureau to facilitate retrieval of records, because most people, including us, were lucky to survive, let alone keep records of their property. Poland’s name should be added to that of the Nazis, as a name recorded in infamy. The EU and USA have been complicit in failing to hold Poland to its obligations. It has been more politic to woo Poland as a base for anti-Russian military bases and CIA operations than to oblige it to compensate victims of the war. Expediency above all – and what does that say about the claimed moral “values” of those other nations?
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