Polish American Congress
The Voice of a Million Americans of Polish Heritage in the Garden State
to the Editor of NEWSWEEK
going on with George F. Will? This
conservative stalwart appears to be dramatically changing his political
perspective with his July 9th review of the book, "Neighbors."
villains in it are long-suffering anti-Communist and anti-Nazi Polish
Catholics who were alternately subjected to the terror of these two evil
occupiers of their country during World War II. Author Jan T. Gross
accuses the Poles of atrocities against their Jewish neighbors at the
very moment the Red Army was ending a two-year occupation of their
village. In previous
writings which he now carefully avoids repeating in
"Neighbors," Gross admitted Polish Jews had tormented their
Catholic neighbors by collaborating with the enemy wherever the
Communists were in charge of the territory.
Will accepts all of Gross' allegations as gospel truth despite the fact
they were based largely on the statements of one such collaborator,
Szmul Wasersztajn, identified with connections to the terror apparatus directed by the NKVD,
the predecessor of the KGB. And,
true to the way Communists usually told their stories, Wasersztajn
claimed to be an eyewitness to the alleged atrocities even though he
In gratitude for providing Gross with the kind of material
that was able to influence even someone like George Will, the author
paid special tribute to Comrade Wasersztajn by dedicating
"Neighbors" to him.
What will George Will next be giving us as recommended
reading? Karl Marx?