Dear President Obama,
My credentials include my late wife and I both being grandchildren of Holocaust victims. Her paternal grandparents were killed in Germany although they were both German citizens. My Father's parents, along with his brothers, cousins and other members of his family were violently murdered by the Nazi Regime. Their crime: they were of the Jewish faith.
Now given that Mr. President, I have my own thoughts regarding the current controversy of your ill timed remarks about Poland. You, as many other people in political life just simply don't understand the Holocaust. Your statement about Poland while outrageous merely demonstrated your lack of intimate details of that tragic period of history. Either you had a speech writer who incorrectly contributed to the gaffe or you simply blew it Mr. President.
You are one of the great orators of this country. And while you may be brilliant, you Sir must study the Holocaust in greater detail. You really did a disservice to the memory and legacy of Jan Karski, a righteous Polish/American resistance fighter, a gentile, who saved many Jewish lives from the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland.
After conquering Poland in 1939, The Nazi's inherited 3,000,000 (three million) innocent men, women and children who were Polish Jews. (The Nazi's looked as them only as Jews). In one fell swoop it gave Hitler more power to his Final Solution to the Jewish Problem. In addition the railroad lines in Poland were central to the Polish industry and led to six of the concentration death camps. Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Chelmo, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka. All built and operated for one purpose, to kill as many Jews as possible.
As history has taught us six million Jews from all over Europe were murdered by the Nazi regime. I have educated over 50,000 students and adults to understand the Holocaust through my lecturing (see www.holocaustpresentations.com). I have visited the Warsaw Ghetto and the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I could still smell the death of so many innocent lives that have settled in the earth of Birkenau, which was the main death camp at Auschwitz.
Since my wife's death in 2009 all of my lectures are dedicated to her memory. I also work to insure the memory of the Holocaust as it happened so it will never happen again.
With all due respect Mr. President, this is just a fraction of history and the Holocaust. Your ill timed remarks about the Polish concentration camps were indicative of your lack of knowledge and the sensitivity of this subject.
This reply is dedicated to the six million Jews and the six million non Jews profiled by Hitler as unfit to live including Gypsies, Jehovah Witnesses, Homosexuals and political figures including the Clergy, Teacher and Reporters.
Never forgive and never forget.