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WaPo Writer: Holocaust Excuses Polanski Fleeing Child Rape Charge
Sunday, September 27, 2009 | Kristinn

Posted on 09/27/2009 3:06:23 PM PDT by kristinn

Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum serves up a sickening rationale to excuse film director Roman Polanski fleeing justice for his rape of a thirteen-year-old girl in the 1970s: the Holocaust.

Polanski was arrested today in Switzerland on an arrest warrant based on his fleeing justice in 1977.

Wrote Applebaum in a web posting at "Post Partisan":

He can be blamed, it is true, for his original, panicky decision to flee. But for this decision I see mitigating circumstances, not least an understandable fear of irrational punishment. Polanski's mother died in Auschwitz. His father survived Mauthausen. He himself survived the Krakow ghetto, and later emigrated from communist Poland.

Applebaum undermines her insulting theory by noting that Polanski was cleared as an early suspect in the 1969 Manson Family murder of his wife, Sharon Tate in California, the same state where he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

The Smoking Gun has background on the case including unsealed gandjury testimony taken from the victim two weeks after the attack:

Following his indictment on various sex charges, Polanski agreed to a plea deal that spared him prison time (he had spent about 45 days in jail during a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation). But when it seemed that a Superior Court judge might not honor the deal--and sentence Polanski to prison--the director fled the country.

According to her testimony, Polanski plied her with champagne, half a Quaalude and then anally raped her.

Applebaum has ties to Poland, having lived and worked there--and being married (at least as of this 2006 column) to a Polish government minister.

I would like to believe it is her association with Washington Posties, and not her Polish ties, that has so appallingly affected her judgment.

Using the Holocaust on Yom Kippur to excuse a child rapist. Now that's shameful.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: anneapplebaum; polanski; romanpolanski; switzerland; wp

1 posted on 09/27/2009 3:06:24 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
He can be blamed, it is true, for his original, panicky decision to flee. But for this decision I see mitigating circumstances, not least an understandable fear of irrational punishment. Polanski's mother died in Auschwitz. His father survived Mauthausen. He himself survived the Krakow ghetto, and later emigrated from communist Poland.

What a SICK pervert. He drugged and raped a 13 year old and he blames it on the holocaust???? He is a victim!! What a puke.

2 posted on 09/27/2009 3:11:41 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: kristinn
"mitigating circumstances" --- defined as the liberal habit of providing sob stories for nasty behavior in order to excuse it. Under such a scenario, anyone with a sad tale to tell about how hard their life was gets a Get Out Of Jail Free card. As long as the tale of victimhood meets the criteria of the left.

End result: right and wrong is defined by the left. No thanks.
3 posted on 09/27/2009 3:14:14 PM PDT by LostInBayport (The magnetic strip on the back of the Race Card is worn out from overuse.)
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To: kristinn
Sickening...words fail.

Children can be sacrificed on the altar of the gods of Political correctness in this case an odd bizarre excuse of having survived the holocaust.

What an insult to all those WWII survivors who did not succumb to evil.

4 posted on 09/27/2009 3:15:03 PM PDT by eleni121 (The New Byzantium - resurrect it!)
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To: LostInBayport

Didn’t the Mendez brothers plead for mercy because they were orphans?


5 posted on 09/27/2009 3:16:54 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: 2banana

If he’s that mentally ill, as the author claims he is, then he should be in an asylum.


6 posted on 09/27/2009 3:17:27 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: kristinn

OMG

I used to be in love with her. What an idiot.


7 posted on 09/27/2009 3:17:44 PM PDT by blackminorca
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To: kristinn

pretty sick cop-out

he fled before his case was completed.

it is a legal process hung in limbo.

let justice be done.


8 posted on 09/27/2009 3:19:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: kristinn

The man is a cruel, sick twisted pervert and he will be defended to the hilt by the far left. And some screwed up libertarians too.


9 posted on 09/27/2009 3:20:04 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: kristinn

I’ve heard of a “stretch” before but this has to be The Mother of All Stretches.


10 posted on 09/27/2009 3:20:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I don't remember Americans being called "racists" when we fought against Hillarycare.)
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To: kristinn

I heard one defendent REPEATEDLY mention that she was the *granddaughter* of holocaust survivors —like that was going to mitigate against her crime or something...! Hahahhahhaah...!


11 posted on 09/27/2009 3:21:51 PM PDT by gaijin
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It may be worth mentioning that the judge had reneged on the plea deal.


12 posted on 09/27/2009 3:22:53 PM PDT by Behemoth the Cat
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To: shalom aleichem
Didn’t the Mendez brothers plead for mercy because they were orphans?

That's a perfect example! I think they also alleged abuse by their father. The jury didn't have any of it.
13 posted on 09/27/2009 3:26:47 PM PDT by LostInBayport (The magnetic strip on the back of the Race Card is worn out from overuse.)
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To: kristinn

This is sickening to us, or to any normal person. But I’m willing to bet this arrest will raise enormous amounts of bad feeling among the pederasts, free sexers, and libs in Europe and in Hollywood. Not to speak of the French who sheltered him all those years.

For them, Polanski is a genius, a cinema trailbreaker, a good guy, someone who is misunderstood by us peons.

If Obama goes ahead and deals with the Swiss to extradite him, it will get him into big trouble with his typical supporters. And if he turns the opportunity down, it will get him into trouble with normal people.

I think the Swiss have just managed to hand him a pig in a poke.

Good.


14 posted on 09/27/2009 3:27:54 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Behemoth the Cat

Yeah, but the judge, I’m sure, was a Holocaust survivor too, so she’s excused. Therefore, Polanski has no excuse.

(Even if the judge wasn’t a Holocaust survivor, the judge was a woman and all women are victims and therefore all women are incapable of doing wrong.

Ergo, the judge did no wrong in hinting (hearsay evidence on this only) that she would disregard the plea agreement and sentence him to 100 years. Since the judge did no wrong, Polanski can’t use the judge’s reneging as an excuse.

Ergo, Polanski has no excuse.


15 posted on 09/27/2009 3:28:21 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: blackminorca

“I used to be in love with her.”

I’m sure you mean Sharon Tate and not Anne Applebaum;)


16 posted on 09/27/2009 3:28:35 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: kristinn

The only thing “shameful” is it took 31 years to do this. The question is now why? You can’t hide money there let alone try to have a life without the 0bama hovering over your every move. Why now?
The 0ne has a plan for your every move. If you don’t believe me, so what. I could care less.
The 0ne will take care of you and your children. I wont.


17 posted on 09/27/2009 3:30:17 PM PDT by hkp123
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To: kristinn

More proof of the ‘Oprahfication’ of our society. Very sad.


18 posted on 09/27/2009 3:31:23 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Cicero

Bummer knows he’s in trouble with normal people anyhow. But he will prolly find a way of throwing Holder under the bus.


19 posted on 09/27/2009 3:31:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: LostInBayport; calex59

Here’s an extended, and fairly revealing interview by Larry King with the girl from Feb 2003.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0302/24/lkl.00.html


20 posted on 09/27/2009 3:32:34 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: hkp123

If you deal with a Swiss bank having no US branches, you’re still good to go.

This is more than a pig in a poke. The Swiss gave Bummer a tiger by the tail.


21 posted on 09/27/2009 3:33:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Frank_2001

No - Anne - always liked all her stuff and most especially her Gulag (far better than Solzhi’s)


22 posted on 09/27/2009 3:37:24 PM PDT by blackminorca
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To: Behemoth the Cat

It is rare for a Judge to not honor a plea bargain BUT it is never guaranteed that a Judge will accept it, and Judges are not ethically allowed to participate in the negotiations (although some routinely do, or at least give the sides a sign that he will live with it or not). One thing I read in the Larry King interview of victim: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0302/24/lkl.00.html
is that Polanski pleaded to Unlawful Sex with a Minor and that he had already served 45 days when being evaluated (where is the shrink’s report?). It sounds like it was reduced from a Rape charge to what amounts to statutory rape, a much less severe charge. He should just stick with his plea and see what the new Judge gives him. The former Judge has apparently passed away. The French and Polish authorities say they will appeal to Obama for clemency. It is out of his hands as it is a state charge. Maybe Ahnold will give him a break, or maybe he’ll get out his Conan the Barbarian sword and go medieval on him.


23 posted on 09/27/2009 3:43:34 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: kristinn
Applebaum is only describing her view of the double standard elephant in the living room:

WHY did France AND Germany let this POS go free for so many decades???

If any of us peons sodomized a 13yo and fled to France, we'd be extradited back faster than our lawyer could cash his retainer check.

24 posted on 09/27/2009 3:44:05 PM PDT by Palin Republic (Palin - Bachmann 2012 : Girl Power!)
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To: kristinn
I am so sick of hearing about the holocaust, the communists killed over 100 million and no one even talks about it.

I say put his butt in jail.

25 posted on 09/27/2009 3:53:34 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: kristinn
I am genuinely sorry for Polanski's family history, especially having his wife murdered in such a horrific manner. But I will have to confess complete bafflement at Applebaum's position. I cannot fathom the connection. This is, after all, the drugging and rape of a 13-year-old girl we're talking about here. In order for the one to be a mitigating circumstance for the other, shouldn't it have something remotely to do with it?

Let's think this through - do we hear Polanski saying, "I couldn't get Mauthausen out of my mind, so I drugged and sodomized a 13-year-old"? Pardon a bit of skepticism here. Or, "I was really upset at Sharon getting knifed by those Manson animals, so I drugged and sodomized a 13-year-old"? Actually we do not hear Polanski saying anything that absurd, and it stretches credulity to hear Applebaum attempting to say it for him.

I'll happily listen to Polanski's side of this, because I haven't really heard it yet. But that one just isn't going to cut it.

26 posted on 09/27/2009 3:55:20 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Palin Republic
Applebaum is only describing her view of the double standard elephant in the living room: WHY did France AND Germany let this POS go free for so many decades???

If any of us peons sodomized a 13yo and fled to France, we'd be extradited back faster than our lawyer could cash his retainer check.

IIRC this rape occured in Jack Nickelsons house, I can't confirm but I think so.

27 posted on 09/27/2009 3:59:38 PM PDT by X-FID ( Support your local micro-brewery)
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To: kristinn
We didn't have Aporn at that time!!!

Was he not involved with Sharon Tate???

28 posted on 09/27/2009 4:05:23 PM PDT by danamco
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To: Palin Republic

*If any of us peons sodomized a 13yo and fled to France, we’d be extradited back faster than our lawyer could cash his retainer check. *

Really? Ira Einhorn would disagree...well, he didn’t rape anyone, just murdered her and stuffed her in a trunk, then lived a cushy life in France for a couple decades.

I guess the common denominator is leftism. If Polanski had been a conservative, his ass would be still be in a California prison.

I didn’t read the article, but I’m surprised that the Holocaust was the cop-out...one would think having one’s 8 month pregnant wife butchered like a hog by the Manson family would get you a pass easier than the Holocaust...oh, well.


29 posted on 09/27/2009 4:16:56 PM PDT by j-damn
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To: kristinn

Can’t wait to see Polanski on Letterman after his case is dismissed. Both of them have such a special appreciation for 13 year old girls.


30 posted on 09/27/2009 4:22:23 PM PDT by TChad
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Of course it does.
And if you disagree you ARE a holocaust denier.
Case closed, get out of Swiss jail free.


31 posted on 09/27/2009 5:17:22 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: kristinn

“Hitler made me do it!”


32 posted on 09/27/2009 6:08:52 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://twitter.com/kevinjjones)
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So, it is OK to drug and violate 13 year old kids if your parents were murdered during WW2. Or if your wife was murdered by a madman. This Appelbaum is a vile defender of the indefensible. The Washington Post is a good place for her.


33 posted on 09/27/2009 7:25:46 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: TexasFreeper2009

TExas,

It looks like Anne was grasping for straws - this might be the real reason she came up with this absurd story.

http://patterico.com/2009/09/27/in-advocating-for-roman-polanski-anne-applebaum-fails-to-mention-that-her-husband-is-a-polish-politician-actively-lobbying-for-polanskis-freedom/


34 posted on 09/28/2009 6:07:59 AM PDT by blackminorca
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To: blackminorca

Yes, and what she also fails to mention is that Poland just passed one of the strictest laws regarding statutory rape in all of Europe. From now on, any adult convicted of having consensual/non-consensual sex with a child under the age of 15 will not only be subject to a long prison sentence, but if they are released, they are to be chemically castrated!

So on the one hand the Polish government is touting how “tough” they are against sexual offenders and on the other, they are pleading for the US to let this particular sexual offender go.

The good news here is that if you look at the WashPost website, Annenbaum is getting her ass handed to her by her readership who are pointing out the faulty “logic” in her piece.

Polanski has managed to avoid dealing with this because France has refused extradition since he fled there as have some other nations over the years. He finally showed up in a place where the proper paperwork was in place and the local government agreed to cooperate.

There’s actually a great article on Salon, in response to Annenbaum’s article. The author there reminds everyone the “real” story here: Polanski raped a 13 yr old girl! (And she drives that point home, by citing the testimony of the then 13 yr old girl.) This wasn’t simply a case of consensual, yet statutory rape, it was in fact non-consensual rape and Polanski had plied the girl with drugs and champagne in order to lower her defenses before he forced himself on her. The guy even went so far as to worry about getting the girl pregnant, at which point he switched to raping her anally. (The full testimony is available on smokinggun.com)


35 posted on 09/28/2009 1:52:07 PM PDT by PaultheMan
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To: LostInBayport

I totally agree. If you travel down the BS road that Polanski defenders have taken you can make the same case for Hitler himself. Hitler had experienced the horrors of WWI, was gassed with mustard gas, imprisoned and faced a possible death sentence (that was sadly not carried out) for a failed coup attempt in 1923. Hitler’s life was so “sad” as to absolve him of the murder of 6 million Jews and about 50 million Europeans and Americans during WWII.


36 posted on 09/29/2009 8:52:28 AM PDT by lasurfer
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To: PaultheMan

Yea, it’s weird how France and Poland have protected this pedophile who committed atrocities that are indeed illegal in both of these countries.


37 posted on 09/29/2009 8:52:30 AM PDT by lasurfer
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