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Putin calls former Polish ambassador a 'bastard' and 'anti-Semitic pig'

About anti-Semitic pigs - strangers and our own

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the former Polish ambassador to Germany a “bastard” and an “anti-Semitic pig,” who in his report to the Foreign Minister agreed with Hitler’s proposal to “solve Jewish problems by emigrating to the colonies.”

“You bastard, an anti-Semitic pig, there is no other way to say it,” Putin angrily exclaimed, speaking at an extended board of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The fact is that Putin has just read the personal diary of the Polish ambassador and decided to share his indignation at what he read with the officers of the Ministry of Defense. “Can you imagine, 1938 - deporting Jews from Europe to Africa? To extinction! For destruction! - Putin became incensed.

The “bastard” and also “anti-Semitic pig” Józef Lipski, whom Putin does not mention by name but clearly means, was Poland’s ambassador to Germany from 1934 to 1939. From the very beginning to the end of World War II, he fought against Hitler and his allies as part of the Polish troops that were part of the anti-Hitler coalition. Putin first learned about the existence of Jozef Lipski, who died in 1958, that is, 61 years ago - most likely, just after reading this diary entry of his, which was probably helpfully slipped to him in order to arm him with “compromising evidence” on the Poles. Can Józef Lipski be considered an “anti-Semitic pig” based on this entry alone?

From the perspective of the end of 2019, the idea of ​​Jewish emigration anywhere, and especially to Africa, looks really wild. Why send Jews somewhere who have their own state? But with the same success, Putin could have called the leader of the Zionist movement Theodor Herzl a “bastard” and an “anti-Semitic pig,” who in 1903 supported Chamberlain’s so-called “Ugandan Project” for the creation of a Jewish state on the territory of what is now Kenya and the resettlement of Jews from Europe there.

At the Sixth Zionist Congress, 295 delegates voted for the “Uganda Project”, 172 were against, 132 abstained. The “Uganda Project” was adopted, but then, after the expedition of congress members to Kenya, the local area was declared unsuitable for the creation of a Jewish state, and the project emigration to Africa was buried. Whether the majority of the delegates to the 6th Zionist Congress deserve the label of anti-Semites is, I believe, a rhetorical question.

Putin has recently been increasingly turning to history, and even frightened people by saying that he was going to publish an article on a historical topic. This sounds ominous because every time Putin refers to history, it produces an absolutely stunning impression. The last time, when Putin explained that “in our south, everyone in the Kaganate was called Jews,” everyone eventually guessed that Putin meant the Khazar Kaganate, but for a long time they puzzled over where the Jews could come from there, and even in such a quantity...

Being carried away by the search for “anti-Semitic pigs” in the history of Poland of the last century, Putin somehow missed much more obvious examples of anti-Semitism from the history and modern times of his country. For example, attempts to “solve the Jewish question” by deporting Jews were not just discussed in the USSR, but were implemented through administrative methods. The Jewish Autonomous Region, created in 1934, was one such attempt. The Far East, of course, is not Africa, but the climate there is quite harsh, and the distance from the places of historical residence of Jews is somewhat greater than even in the “Ugandan Project”.

It would be useful for Putin, before writing his upcoming article on European politics of the last century, to rummage through the archives of the KGB of the Ukrainian SSR, opened after 2014 (it would be even better, of course, to open the archives of the KGB of the USSR, but it seems I was daydreaming). He would have found there a lot of interesting things about his home office, and would have learned how the NKVD fruitfully collaborated with the Gestapo in the extradition of those citizens of European countries, including Jews, who fled from Hitler to the USSR.

There is, for example, a protocol dated January 5, 1938. It was signed by People's Commissar Yezhov and Prosecutor Vyshinsky. It lists the names of 45 citizens of Germany, Austria and other countries sentenced to deportation from the USSR. There are many Jewish surnames there. After Stalin and Hitler became allies in 1939, the handing over of refugees to the Nazis was put on stream. Until the summer of 1941, the NKVD transported hundreds of people to Germany. The majority were members of the Communist Party of Germany, defeated by Hitler. Stalin sent communists and Jews who sought salvation from Nazism in the USSR to Hitler.

In 1939–1940, after the signing of the pact, on the territory of Poland, divided by the two allied powers, several so-called “conferences” were held between the NKVD and the Gestapo - primarily they were devoted to ways to suppress the Polish resistance.

The outbreak of state anti-Semitism (“the fight against cosmopolitanism”, “the doctors’ affair”) at the end of the 1940s did not develop into the “final solution to the Jewish question” only because of the visit of doctors Cheyne and Stokes to Stalin. But even after Stalin, the policy of state anti-Semitism in the USSR continued. Its conductor was, in particular, the rector of Moscow State University, Sadovnichy, favored and strongly supported by Putin, who in Soviet times led the work of the admissions committees of Moscow State University and led the campaign to prevent Jews from entering some faculties, in particular, the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics.

For some reason, Putin did not call Sadovnichy a “bastard” and an “anti-Semitic pig,” but, on the contrary, introduced special amendments to the legislation that allowed him in December 2019 to extend the powers of the 80-year-old Sadovnichy as rector of Moscow State University for another 5 years.

There was no indignant reaction from the President of the Russian Federation to the scandalous statement of Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy about “people who are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who destroyed our churches, jumping out from behind the Pale of Settlement with a revolver in 1977.”

For Putin, history is a warehouse of ammunition and weapons for information warfare, and the accusation of anti-Semitism is a good weapon. Today relations with Poland have become tense, so why not shoot at it with an anti-Semitic howitzer. Even if the object of the accusation died long ago, there are many very living characters in Putin’s circle who are much more worthy of being called “bastards” and “anti-Semitic pigs.”