Australia: The Yad Vashem exhibition about diplomats saving Jews omitted Poles. „A distorted picture of history”

Above: „The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland”, a brochure from December 1942 based on Karski’s reports „The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland”,

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Australia lodged a protest against the Israeli exhibition devoted to diplomats saving Jews during World War II, which omitted Poles – and this despite the fact that it had already pointed it out to the Israeli side once.

The Beyond Duty exhibition, which was organized in 2018 by the Yad Vashem institute on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was presented last week at the Queensland State Parliament. It is touring in nature – it is presented in various countries, usually for a short time, but in prestigious venues, and the Israeli embassies invite influential guests to it. At the exhibition in Brisbane there were incl. Queensland’s Prime Minister and Members of the State Parliament.

This is the second time the exhibition has made its way to Australia, previously shown in February 2020 at the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney. Michał Kołodziejski, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Australia, was surprised by the fact that neither he nor anyone from the Polish consulate in Sydney was invited to the exhibition, where, as he expected, an important place was devoted to Polish diplomats. – It turned out that there are diplomats recognized as Righteous from all countries except one – Poland – he said.- There are even diplomats from the Axis countries, collaborating countries, so there is an impression that almost all over the world there were diplomats saving Jews, but there were no Polish ones – he added.

Embassy intervention

The Polish ambassador intervened then. The Israeli Embassy explained that only those diplomats who were honored with the title of Righteous Among the Nations are presented, hence the absence of Aleksander Ładoś, while the absence of Konstanty Rokicki is a result of the fact that the exhibition, when asked why Henryk Sławik or Jan Karski is not present answers. On the other hand, there is even a person – Italian Giorgio Perlasca – who was not a diplomat at all, but merely pretended to be a consul. The Israeli Embassy, however, assured that the exhibition would be updated and that these inaccuracies would be corrected. Meanwhile, a year has passed and the exhibition was presented in Australia again in exactly the same shape as before – said Michał Kołodziejski.

Unjustified omission of Polish diplomats

As he points out, this time the omission of Polish diplomats is also unpleasant because the Prime Minister of Queensland, Annastacia PALASZCZUK, admits that he is of Polish origin.

– While a year ago with some reserve, but still accepting the argument that it may be the result of negligence or a mistake, now there are no such arguments, especially since, as Israeli diplomats assured, they reported this matter to their Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And although in Australia itself the history of the Ładoś group is quite a distant topic, it is well known to the Israeli embassy – said Ambassador Kołodziejskił. He expressed concern that when the coronavirus pandemic – which has severely limited the scope of the exhibition in recent months – passes, it will again be shown around the world, presenting a distorted picture of history. . The unjustified omission of the role of Polish diplomats at the exhibition was already mentioned on Twitter by, among others Daniel Finkelstein, member of the British House of Lords and columnist for The Times, whose mother was saved from the Holocaust thanks to a false Paraguayan passport issued by the Ładoś Group, and British historian Roger Moorhouse.

Above: Aleksander Ładoś issued illegal Latin American passports to Jews from ghettos in occupied Poland!


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