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PostHow Can One Defend the Axis? (Edward Jajko, USA, 07/15/21 3:53 am)
Eugenio Battaglia did not "offend" me in his posting of July 3rd. I have read and reread my specific inquiry about alleged Polish crimes against Germans in, during, and after 1939 and cannot see anything in it other than a request for more information.
I have read the Oechsner article that John E provided but could not access. Oechsner was embedded with the German army on its advance from the west. I see no casus belli for the Germans in the article. I also read Hitler's speech of Sept. 1, 1939, to the Reichstag. It is utter madness.
A few years ago I made a long posting on WAIS about Polish losses in WWII. I refer Eugenio to that posting.
If this is what WAIS has become, defense of the indefensible, selective defense of the madmen who plunged the world into years of war, destroyed a nation's capital, brought death and destruction and sorrow to hundreds of millions of people, then count me out. I withdraw from active participation.
JE comments: Ed Jajko assures me that he's a WAISer through and through, and will just be stepping to the sidelines on this particular topic. I always jest with our colleagues that once a WAISer, forever a WAISer! This doubly applies to Ed, our in-house philologist and authority on Middle Eastern languages, as well as a pillar of moral support. We love you, Ed!
Ed has published several times on Warsaw's unparalleled suffering in WWII. Here's a post from 2014: