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  • In Letter to Polish President, President Obama Expresses Regret Over Term "Polish Death Camp"

    06/01/2012 10:48:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, June 1, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama wrote a letter to the president of Poland in which he expressed regret for his words during the Medal of Freedom ceremony in which he referred to World War II-era “Polish death camp” instead of a Nazi death camp in Germany-occupied Poland. “In referring to ‘a Polish death camp’ rather than ‘a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,’ I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world,” President Obama wrote. “I regret the error and agree that this moment...
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 2:29:25 AM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | June 1, 2012 | Rory Cooper
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no. Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too "political." A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being "political" is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30...
  • Obama the Gaffe Master Strikes Poland

    05/31/2012 4:35:44 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 6 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/31/12 | Gina Miller
    How can we ever be surprised at anything that comes out of the mouth of Barack Obama (or whatever his name is)? Yet, his latest, gaffe almost leaves me speechless. Almost. It was at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday where Obama was awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Jan Karski, a Polish officer of the resistance during World War II who gave early eyewitness reports of Nazi Germany's genocide of European Jews. Obama said this, “For years, Jan Karski’s students at Georgetown University knew he was a great professor; what they didn't realize was...
  • Poland: This Time, The President Should Apologize

    05/30/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Bill Russell · 17 replies
    Free Republic Exclusive! | May 30, 2012 | William Russell
    Picture a scenario, where members of your family helped a new neighbor establish a household. Just after helping that neighbor, your family experienced a long illness which caused your entire family to be quarantined and your home foreclosed upon. Then, after several years, you were finally able to return home, plant a garden, and rebuild your family’s life. Just as your household was beginning to prosper again, a heavily armed neighbor named John Wayne Gacy took over your front yard. Instead of using his own house and its crawl space to commit his horrific crimes, he used your yard and...
  • White House shrugs off Polish apology demands (not going away, Bammy)

    05/30/2012 5:07:22 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 75 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | via AFP
    Poland had earlier insisted that Washington must do more than simply express the "regret" offered by another White House spokesman late on Tuesday, hours after Obama's use of words deemed offensive by Warsaw.... Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Obama's words had hurt all Poles and he expected more from Washington than just regret. "I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman -- a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors," Tusk told reporters in Warsaw. "Today,...
  • Obama Concocts Polish Death Camps (Poland demands an apology!)

    05/30/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | May 30, 2012 | KEITH KOFFLER
    It’s another one of those Obama flubs that the press will ignore or minimize, but if Bush had said it, well, look out!Speaking at Tuesday’s White House Medal of Freedom ceremony, President Obama honored Polish World War II hero Jan Karski with the following praise: Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. Except, there were no Polish death camps.According to Politico, one of the few leading mainstream outlets that does feature the...
  • A Real Polish Death Camp

    05/30/2012 1:07:04 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Get the story behind this here (just in case).
  • Poles outraged by Obama’s reference to ‘Polish death camp’ [from the Doofus-in-Chief's hometown]

    05/30/2012 10:22:48 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Abdon M. Pallasch
    Poles and Polish-Americans are having a tough time accepting Obama’s apology — the White House said he should have referred to “Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland” — for the gaffe Tuesday. They say they have spent a lot of time correcting the historical record that Poles, like Jews, were victims of the Nazis — not architects or staffers of the death camps during the Holocaust. “If a Harvard graduate can’t get that straight, shame on him. It’s unacceptable,” said Illinois Appellate Court Justice Aurelia Pucinski. “On the walk of honor at the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, there are more...
  • White House official says Obama ‘misspoke’ of Polish death camp

    05/30/2012 7:17:40 AM PDT · by Justaham · 67 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 5/30/12 | Ron Recinto
    President Barack Obama "misspoke" when he called a Nazi facility used to process Jews for execution as a "Polish death camp," a White House official told the news agency AFP. The verbal gaffe came as the president was honoring to a famous Pole, Jan Karski, posthumously awarding him a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award. Karski was a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to witness the atrocities being committed against Jews. Obama referred to him being smuggled "into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself," ABC OTUS News reported. National...
  • Barack Obama has insulted 38 million Poles with his crass and ignorant 'Polish death camp' remark

    05/30/2012 4:18:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Nile Gardiner
    President Obama has a long track record of insulting the Poles. In 2010 he chose to play golf on the day of the funeral of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish First Lady, and 94 senior officials who perished in the Smolensk air disaster. Eight months earlier he humiliated Warsaw by pulling out of the agreement over Third Site missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. And last night Barack Obama caused huge offence in Poland by referring to a Nazi death camp in Poland as “a Polish death camp” while awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom...
  • Poles Demand Obama Apology For "Polish Death Camps" Comment

    05/29/2012 5:12:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 158 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rosie Gray
    The president referred to “Polish death camps” while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance. Poles believe they're blamed unfairly for the Nazi Holocaust, and the Foreign Minister led the outrage in a late night tweet. The remark, which barely drew notice in America, is all over the Polish news today. On the country's largest television station:
  • President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to ‘Polish Death Camp’(Gov't Rips Obama 'Incompetence'

    05/29/2012 5:53:29 PM PDT · by kristinn · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outraged Tuesday at President Obama’s reference earlier that day to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland. “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald “Tusk will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.” The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear...
  • The major crime of WWII that was never brought to trial

    05/17/2012 1:56:58 AM PDT · by se99tp · 56 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 17th, 2012 | Herbert Romerstein
    The American communists joined in the Soviet propaganda campaign. Corliss Lamont, a millionaire communist propagandist, wrote “Soviet Russia’s severance of relations with the Polish Government-in-Exile, over the Nazi-inspired charge that the Russians murdered 10,000 Polish army officers, shows clearly the danger to the United Nations of the splitting tactics engineered by Hitler and definitely helped along by the general campaign of anti-Soviet propaganda carried on during recent months in Britain and America. According to the London Bureau of the New York Herald Tribune, ‘It is a safe assumption that the Poles would not have taken so tough an attitude toward...
  • Like namesake, Dublin park rises to little fanfare [new Ohio RevWar Memorial]

    05/21/2012 9:22:26 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    AP via Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 21, 2012 | Lisa Cornwell
    Land awarded to a Polish freedom fighter more than 200 years ago by a grateful United States has been turned into a park bearing the name of the man who spent his life championing liberty and equality in America and Poland. The 36-acre Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park in Dublin, which opened this month, was part of a grant of 500 acres awarded by Congress for Kosciuszko’s contributions as a military engineer and Continental Army colonel during the Revolutionary War. Alex Storozynski, president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation based in New York, said Kosciuszko was ahead of his time in...
  • Lessons from Nowa Huta: A nation of the children of God

    05/15/2012 12:11:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Spero News ^ | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | James Thunder
    Lessons from Nowa Huta: A nation of the children of God Today marks the day that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, dedicated a church at Nowa Huta despite opposition from the erstwhile Communist government and its Soviet masters. President Obama should take heed. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 By James Thunder Thirty-five years ago today, May 15, 1977, a young Catholic cardinal, three days shy of his 57th birthday, dedicated a new church. A welcome, but fairly routine event for a Catholic cardinal or bishop. But in this instance the country was Communist Poland. The struggle to...
  • Were Americans duped on Polish goverment plane crash by mainstream media?

    05/04/2012 10:30:42 AM PDT · by se99tp · 20 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | April 30, 2012 | J.R.Nyquist
    On 10 April 2010 a Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M crashed near the Russian city of Smoleńsk. All 96 people aboard the plane were killed, including President Lech Kaczyński and his wife. American media coverage of the crash is best represented by The New York Times, which offered the following description of what happened: “President Kaczyński’s plane tried to land in a thick fog, missing the runway and snagging treetops about half a mile from the airport in Smoleńsk….” This version of events has been repeated throughout the English-speaking media, and is consistent with official Russian claims. What other claims...
  • Sweet revenge: Dentist pulls ALL of ex-boyfriend’s teeth out after getting dumped

    04/28/2012 11:35:51 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 41 replies
    Revenge is a dish best served with novocaine. A dentist in Poland, dumped by her boyfriend, got payback by removing all of her former lover’s teeth — leading his new lady to dump him, too. Anna Mackowiak could face three years in jail after she agreed to treat her ex-boyfriend, Marek Olszewski, when he asked her to help with a toothache just days after he broke up with her. “I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” Mackowiak, 34, told the Daily Mail. “But when I saw him lying there I just thought, ‘What a bastard.’” Mackowiak...
  • Court Rules Against Russia in Katyn Massacre Case

    04/20/2012 12:56:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    New American ^ | WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL 2012 16:38 | JAMES HEISER
    Court Rules Against Russia in Katyn Massacre Case WRITTEN BY JAMES HEISER WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL 2012 16:38 Over 70 years after Soviet forces secretly murdered approximately 22,000 Polish intellectuals and military officers in the Katyn Forest, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that atrocity to have been a “war crime.” However, unlike other “war crimes” of the Second World War, the calculated butchering of tens of thousands of Poles will have very little impact on a government that went to great lengths to avoid aiding the investigation: the Russian government will be required to pay 5,000 euros (approximately...
  • Deepening poverty drives people out of eastern Europe

    04/02/2012 4:59:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    Financial Post ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ioana Patran and Sam Cage
    More than 20 years after the fall of communism, the wealth gap between the east and west of Europe persists, and countries from the Black Sea to the Baltic are shedding people at an alarming rate. While membership in the European Union has brought prosperity to many, it has also made it easier to emigrate, drawing young people out of the east, especially rural areas, and leaving behind an ever older and poorer population. Romania, the EU’s second-poorest member with an average monthly wage of US$450, is one of the worst affected, with a 12% population drop in a decade,...