Thursday, February 18, 2016
I stumbled upon the film Pokłosie (Aftermath) after reading an article about the new Polish Government pushing for a law change, making it punishable by 5 years of jail when suggesting that Poles actively took part in exterminating Jews during WWII. No, it's not a joke, although the good Yiddish word gotspe is well in place here.
That article, by the way, led to another article informing us that the Polish Government plans to take Jan T. Gross's knighthood away from him for expressing his views on Poles' roles during the Shoah. Gross, of course, being one of the leading and most respected Polish historians on the Holocaust.
What is it with Poland; this incapability to acknowledge it’s past and move forward instead? Considering the Polish (Government and popular) stance of immigration and refugees, it seems not much has changed over the decades…
Alas, a few berets in Pokłosie. Not role-models exactly, but a great movie in all the awfulness it portrays.