I find it very sad how memories of the Holocaust has turned Jews against Poland. For a long time, I heard that Poles were horrible antisemites, nazi sympathizers and such, but it never really rang true considering they both were victims not only through the Holocaust, but throughout the last few centuries. Obviously, the Holocaust was so traumatic it would have such a negative effect, but I think Jews honestly need to reexamine their history with Poland. That was for so long their home and the center of Jewish life in the world. Poles and Jews were friends and neighbors for centuries, and that is a vital part of Jewish history. It is probably a major reason for the survival of the Jewish people, religion, and culture throughout the years. The freedom and tolerance they enjoyed as a large minority is unlike any other country in the world (pre 20th century). I have a great personal interest in this because I am half Polish Catholic, half Polish Jew. I feel as though a major part of my family's history is lost to the animosity Jews feel towards Poland, and the resulting apathy Poles feel towards Jews. Of course, Poles also need to remember what happened in the Holocaust and the following years and take some time to appreciate the plight of the Jews throughout that time. Not only was 90% of their community visciously murdered and most evidence of their very existence in that country destroyed, but so many of the memories of their families and history are all but lost.
Two seriously wounded in crime-related shooting in Netanya (Haaretz)
from the article: Poles, in black and white