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Very few Poles collaborated with the Nazis

Published 02/10/2015

I AM writing on behalf of the Conservative Friends of Poland regarding the letter from Kevin McCarthy, published in the Belfast Telegraph (Write Back, September 16).

According to Dr McCarthy, Poland was the only country whose population could accept the establishment of death camps like Auschwitz. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Pre-war Poland was the European centre of Jewish life and culture, with three million Polish citizens being Jewish. This was the main reason why the Germans established camps in occupied Poland: it saved them money on transport and logistics. Moreover, it wasn't common for Polish nationals to collaborate with the enemy. Poland had the biggest resistance movement (The Home Army) and statistics of the Israeli War Crimes Commission indicate less than 0.1% of Polish citizens collaborated with the Nazis.

PATRYK MALINSKI

Vice-chairman, Conservative Friends

of Poland

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