Thousands of Jews actively participated in helping Nazis round up Jews for deportation to the eastern territories during World War II, exactly as claimed by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki—and contrary to hysterical denials from Jews around the world, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Members of the Jewish order police in the Lodz Ghetto.
Morawiecki’s comments were made in reaction to Israel’s objection to a new Polish law making it illegal to say that Poles were guilty to “aiding the Nazis” or referring to “Polish concentration camps”—and have sparked feigned “outrage” in the controlled media.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Morawiecki was asked by an Israeli journalist if sharing his family’s history of persecution in Poland would be outlawed under the new legislation.
“Of course it’s not going to be punishable, [it’s] not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators,” Morawiecki told Yedioth Ahronoth’s journalist Ronen Bergman.
In reaction to those comments, Netanyahu said had spoken with Morawiecki, by phone, and had told him that “Israel did not accept the statement.”
“I told him there’s no basis for this comparison, between the act of Poles and the acts of Jews during the Holocaust,” Netanyahu told Israeli reporters following a speech at the Munich Security Conference.
“You can’t fix one distortion with another distortion,” Netanyahu added.
The truth is however clear: thousands of Jews were active participants in what has become known as the “Final Solution,” as pointed out in 2013 by Polish Academy of Sciences and well-known expert on Polish-Jewish relations, Professor Krzysztof Jasiewicz.
Jasiewicz pointed out this fact in an article which appeared in a special edition of a magazine focusing on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Titled “Are the Jews themselves guilty?” Jasiewicz said that “this nonsense about Jews being killed mostly by Poles was created to hide the biggest Jewish secret. The scale of the German crime was only possible because the Jews themselves participated in the murder of their own people.”
The accuracy of these statements is clear from the historical record, and only a deliberate liar would deny that Jews participated in policing other Jews while under Nazi rule.
German soldier with Jewish order Police and Jewish deportees.
In almost all areas under Nazi control where large numbers of Jews were present, Jews were organized into police detachments known as the “Jewish Order Police” (in German, the Jüdischer Ordungsdienst).
The strength of these Jewish Order Police units varied, and in Warsaw they numbered at least 2,000 men.
According to the Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, the establishment of these Jewish police forces were the result of the creation of Jewish ghettos, “which excluded the Jewish population from general police jurisdiction and thus created a need for an alternative system of ensuring that the Jewish population complied with German occupiers’ orders.”
Head of the Jewish Order Police in Warsaw, Adam Czerniakow, takes roll call for a shift of Jewish policemen in the Warsaw Ghetto.
The German authorities insisted that Jewish police officers be young, fit, and army-trained, with at least a high school diploma.
The Yivo Encyclopedia says, the “primary task of the Jewish police was to maintain public order and to enforce German orders transmitted by the Judenräte [Jewish Councils] to the Jewish population.”
The Yivo Encyclopedia also reveals that “there were Jews who viewed the establishment of the Jewish police positively; some intellectual circles even openly supported it. Jews joined it for social motives and out of a desire to help maintain order in the ghettos and assist Jewish autonomy.
“Gradually the Germans expanded the workload of the Jewish police, calling upon them to fight epidemics, quell demonstrations, and fight fires. Other times the police were charged with overseeing distribution of foodstuffs and controlling prices as well as collecting taxes.”
When the decision was taken to start deporting Jews to the East in 1942—a move which has become synonymous with claims of “mass extermination”—the Yivo Encyclopedia says that the Germans “ordered ghetto police forces to assist in deporting Jews and sometimes even on selection. In return, the Nazis assured them that they and their families would not be deported.”
Romek Kaliski, member of the Jewish police in the Lodz ghetto. Of interest to note is the Star of David armband issued to the Jewish police.
Jewish order police arresting two Jews for smuggling in the Warsaw ghetto.
Jewish Order Police check papers in the Trzebinia ghetto.
Szerynski, Chief of the Jewish Order Police, overseeing a (Jewish) police action in the Warsaw ghetto.
Jewish Order Police on snow removal duty in Lodz.
An officer of the Jewish Order Police in the Lodz ghetto, with wife and son.
Jewish Order Police escorting Jews rounded up for deportation to the east.
After the war ended, the “role of Jewish police and their actions became a highly controversial issue among Holocaust survivors,” the Yivo Encyclopedia added.
“Dozens of police officers were tried in Jewish honor courts for improper conduct. Some were expelled from the Jewish community while others were merely barred from holding public office. The names of other former officers were cleared. It took years for the courts to decide not to put Jewish police on formal trial.”