S. 447 was built on a legally non-binding document, the Terezin Declaration. Neither did the Polish delegation to the Terezin Conference sign the Declaration, nor has the Polish parliament ever ratified it. As there was no legal basis for the US Jewish organizations to extract billions of USD in compensation for so-called “heirless property,” a bogus basis in the form of S.447 was created. To pave the way for this flawed Act, numerous defamation actions against Poland were organized by US Jewish organizations and certain US congressmen. WWII history was distorted and falsified in order to portray Poles as accomplices of Nazi Germans in the Holocaust and to minimize the suffering of Polish people. Thus, a moral basis for enacting S. 447 was fabricated.
In a speech to the leaders of German armed forces on August 22, 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered: “Kill without pity or mercy all men, women or children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the living space (Lebensraum) we need. The destruction of Poland is our primary task. The aim is not the arrival at a certain line but the annihilation of living forces.” On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland. Betrayed by her allies, England and France, Poland was defeated within a few weeks. The German authorities imposed a reign of terror in occupied Poland. Hundreds of Polish community leaders, mayors, local officials, priests, teachers, lawyers, judges, senators, doctors were executed in public or sent to concentration camps. Those who survived the first months of occupation were treated as sub-humans. They were abused, subjected to forced resettlement to Germany as slave laborers or for germanization, kidnapped in random roundups, or killed in mass shootings. During the Warsaw Uprising, 200,000 Poles, mostly civilians, were killed by the German occupiers. During the six years of war 6 million Polish citizens, half of them Jews, perished. The infrastructure of the country was completely destroyed.
This part of the project Stop Act S. 447 deals with historical aspects of German occupation of Poland. In cooperation with external organizations and individuals, we want to raise awareness among the American public of true WWII history. We will foster historical conferences, scholarly debates, and exchanges. The spread of slanderous and baseless insinuations and accusations, “Polish concentration camps”, or “Nazi Poland” among them, must stop.
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