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    • Justine
    • 17.02.11 | 19:52 (IST)

    Poles have complained for a long time that the kids on those trips are brainwashed and that they look at Poles as if they were Nazis. I am prudent with such judgments but recently I saw a documentary - made in Israel by Israelis that really highlighted the issue. The youngsters in the movie are completely isolated from all contacts with the Poles, their educators and paranoiac security personnel constantly hint that they are in some sort of mortal danger, they spend their evenings barricaded in the hotel (wrecking havoc) because they can't go outside. There is a scene when two girls try to talk to an elderly Polish guy. He doesn't understand so he rambles something innocuous in Polish, but the girls are persuaded he insulted them. You can see that the youngsters are traumatized, stressed, fearful, apprehensive and angry. I would have posted a link, but I don't know whether they are allowed and I don't have it here. But really, it's sad. I know it's not always the case - some of those trips are better prepared and there is some interaction with young Poles, but it should be the norm not the exception.

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    First published 03:11 17.02.11 | Last updated 03:11 17.02.11
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