Frank Milewski: Writing about the outrage Gunter Grass’




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        April 9, 2012



New York, N.Y. (4/09) .. The New York Times today

reported on the poem Germany’s Gunter Grass wrote

critical of Israel’s foreign policy in the Middle East.


In attempting to describe the theme of Grass’ 1959

Novel, “The Tin Drum,” a misrepresentation of

Poland’s history was offered.  The Downstate N.Y.

Division of the Polish American Congress issued the

following statement to the New York Times:


Dear Editor:


Writing about the outrage Gunter Grass’ poem

ignited in Israel, reporters Bronner and Kulish

described the novel, “The Tin Drum” Grass

wrote in 1959 as an “exploration of the rise of

Nazism in Germany and Poland.”
Polish Americans are justified in expressing their

outrage that Poland, the first victim of Nazism,

should now be portrayed as co-responsible

with Germany for Nazism.


Shortly after Hitler came to power in 1933,

Poland’s Marshal Pilsudski proposed that the

French join him in a preventive war against

Germany and eliminate Nazism at its inception.

Paris turned down the idea.


Germany later tried to persuade the Poles to join

the Axis and side with the Nazis against the Soviet

Union.  The Poles would not.


At the time other European nations were appeasing

Hitler, the Poles stood firm and became the “First

To Fight” the Nazis in World War II.


Rise of Nazism in Poland?  Hardly.


Frank Milewski, Pres.

Polish American Congress

Downstate N.Y. Division

(516) 352-7125


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