Systematic genocide – pt.5

It is estimated that eleven million lives were lost during the Holocaust. Six million of those victims were Polish citizens. Of that six million, half were gentile Poles while the other half were Jewish. What is not widely acknowledged is, just as with the Jewish community, the mass murder of the Polish people, both Gentile and Jew, was systematically planned by the Nazi’s. On August 22nd, 1939, in a speech to his commanders, Adolph Hitler told them to kill…

“Without pity or mercy, all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the Lebensraum (living space) we need.”

Hitler preached that his desired ‘Lebensraum’ was not only about gaining land to expand the German empire but also about exterminating what he considered “inferior races” and settling superior Germans in their place. This was a basic principle of Nazi ideology. Reich leader Heinrich Himmler, (Reichsführer), backed Hitler’s hatred…

“All Poles will disappear from the world. It is essential that the great German people should consider it a major task to destroy all Poles.”

On September 1st, 1939 the German forces would invade Poland. The Polish Army was defeated within weeks, completely unprepared to face the highly advanced German army. Two days later Britain would declare war on Germany and World War Two would officially begin.

With their defeat the destruction of the Polish nation would commence and on September 7th, 1939 Reinhard Heydrich, one of the masterminds of the Holocaust who would be assassinated in Czechoslovakia in 1942, demanded that all Polish nobles and clergy be killed. On September 12th the Polish intelligista (the socially prominent and influential) were added to the list. Schools, churches, libraries, museums, and scientific institutions would be closed and the slaughter of Polish scholars, teachers, judges, and priests was conducted. The Nazis called this planned annihilation against the Polish elite, “Intelligenzaktion”. Those targeted were placed on an “enemies of the Reich list” which was prepared before the war with information gathered by German Intelligence. The operation would eventually take the lives of some 100,000 Poles.

Millions of Jewish Poles would be slaughtered while the gentile Polish citizens that remained were prisoners in their own country. Unable to flee at least 1.5 million were sent to Germany and used as forced labor. Hundreds of thousands would be deported to concentration camps and thousands of Polish women would be caught in street round-ups. These women would be forced to serve as prostitutes for the Nazi’s while the rest of the population was starved from the continued lowering of rations or murdered in the streets at whim.


To be continued…


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