May 16, 2007

Radziejow: A town that refuses to return stolen property

What greater injustice is there then when neighbors of a defenseless people facilitate the murder of innocent men, women, and children. Then these so called neigbors continue the tragedy by persecuting, killing, and stealing from those that survived.

That is exactly what the citizens of the town of Radziejow is doing to this very day. There is no justification for their inaction when a legitimate claim is being made in the name of one of the several hundred victims.

Let us look at the validity of the claim. A review of the “proud” history of Radziejow is in order.

The very church where many of the residents of Radziejow pray is the same church that was used as a transit point where Jews were made to wait until the next available Nazi truck was available to place them in.

Within a very short period of time, these Jews were eventually placed in a gas truck. The ride was quite unpleasant. The exhaust pipe of the truck was rerouted to force carbon monoxide into the passenger compartment. The Jews were forced to sit in the passenger compartment and then driven to the crematoria. Upon arrival the Jews were dead. The Jews were murdered by poison gas.

These Jews were neighbors of the Polish residents of Radziejow. What did these Polish neighbors do to stop this? Sadly, they did either nothing or helped facilitate the killers. Is this something to be proud of? Is this something to tell your grandchildren? Women and their babies were brutally murdered and their neighbors did nothing.

Then the next step of these neighbors was to steal the Jewish property. The Germans didn’t steal the property, only the “good” polish neighbors thought this was “grab bag time”.

Shame on you all. The least you can do is return the property when it is demanded of you. Remember, it never was your property to begin with. If you don’t believe me read the deed that is on the website. That deed was issued by a Polish Judge after the war!

After World War II, to make sure the Jew would not return to claim his rightful property, the residents of Radziejow made it known that if a Jew returned he wouldn’t live for long.

I can tell you that if my grandparents behaved in such a manner I would do everything to rectify the wrong. I would no longer think of my grandparents as good sweet old people. In fact, I would try to stay away from those evil people that have blood on their hands.

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