Your posting http://the-tap.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-faking-of-adolf-hitler-for-history.html referencing WWII, Hitler, Irving, and blogger Spivey, inspired me to share recommending a life memoir called The Story of a Polish Exile by Witold Kasicki:
I attach an image: Bonfire Night at High View 2008.
Asking awkward questions on the subject of WWII camps certainly draws ire from others and even recently I have been accused of being bloody daft for questioning the official WWII story. Whenever others become particularly agitated, it may well indicate further curiosity is required.
I was painting one evening in my Istanbul atelier c. 2007, when British political commentator and former MP Edwina Currie, via the BBC PM programme via the internet, warned me away from BNP politician Nick Griffin and historian David Irving, both booked to speak at the Oxford University Union debate:
Angry scenes greet Oxford debate:
When Edwina Currie, who made the disclosure of a 4 year affair with UK PM Major in her diaries, tells me not to do something, I have a tendency to want to do exactly that.
I knew Griffin was was best left to speak freely to soil his own reputation; banishment often only gives power to such voices. Irving I knew only as a ‘holocaust denier’ bloke. So, inspired by Currie telling me not to, I put my paint down to research David Irving and related subject matter. What exactly is a ‘holocaust denier’ and so forth? I was at my laptop for hours and what I read and watched contradicted a storyline I grown up with and simply never questioned. I include Paul Eisen as a more recent flavour of the material I came across:
Through his wife, I met Witold Kasicki in 2008 back in my home county Suffolk, UK. Witold was a survivor of 5 WWII camps. He seemed to have more of an issue with Americans than Germans and did confirm it was allied forces who piled emaciated corpses into heaps for photographic record. He survived largely because he volunteered to nurse prisoners-cum-patients in the camp typhus block.
He attended my art exhibitions several times. We became friends. I painted him. I list links to his book, a BBC Suffolk article and his obituary:
The Story of a Polish Exile by Witold Kasicki:
A Polish Exile:
Witold Kasicki: Obituary:
Witold called me 15 June 2011 to explain he was not strong enough to meet for our planned lunch the next day. He passed away that next day. I wrote the letter below, not aware he had moved on. It transpires I may have been the last to speak to him. His widow called me upon opening the letter and said Witold would have loved to have read it. I’ve removed a few personal and private details, but otherwise, it is as below…
Monday 04 July 2011
I have read your book (The Story of a Polish Exile). I laughed and cried.
I wondered at your mention of Jackie Kennedy on p.23; what are Polish technical correspondences mentioned on p.81? I smiled at your mention of the film A Matter of Life and Death – among my favourites. There was one particular detail of torture/murder I simple could not re-read and struggled to remove from my mind; simply harrowing. How can humans treat each other like that? I also note there is no mention of ‘gas chamber’. I guess killing is killing whatever the technique. I grew up with the image of the gas chamber in my ‘education’ as a warning of what must not happen again – yet mass murder apparently continues; an absolute insult to those who fell before and disgrace for us all today. We apparently have Holocaust constantly thrust down our throats and yet the war machine is apparently as strong and persistent as ever. This is profoundly sad and indeed, anger making.
It is remarkable and exciting the activities you experienced as a young boy/adult; building this, creating that; experiencing the outside and meeting challenges today’s Health & Safety regulations would keep out of reach.
I continue to read Churchill by David Irving and The Holocaust Industry by Norman G. Finklestein as accompanying relevant material to your account. Norman G. Finklestein’s parents were survivors of the Warsaw ghetto and camps, otherwise, every member of his family were exterminated by the Nazis. Today, he is accused of being anti-Semitic. He says conspiracy theory has become scarcely more than a term of abuse to discredit a politically incorrect sequencing of events. He says his mother would quote Henry Ford: “History is bunk.”
I have so many questions: who financed the 3rd Reich? If Prescott Bush was so involved, why is this not addressed and how do his son and Grandson become US Presidents without proper address? Sadly, I suspect the architects and motives behind WWII were never properly acknowledged and their legacy even continues to be implemented today in various ways. In our ‘democracy’ and ‘free society’ awkward questions are pushed to the fringe of mainstream thinking.
I hope you have mended from your fall and hope to see you in the near future.
Best wishes to you,
I include a quote Witold supplied for my exhibition press info, modesty aside…
“With my great life experience from happiness through misery and ultimate incarceration in Concentration Camps to the very happy present……. I have the right to judge Ned’s credibility, being still very young yet cultivating his talent as a very original painter. It took him 10 years of hard work in Turkey.
Now he will build his future very quickly and even the keepers of the Bosphorus Bridge might come back to him crying: “Ned please come back and paint the Rainbow on its underside.”
I urge people to come to this unique one-man show. I have seen it three times – it opened my eyes.”
Witold Kasicki, aged 88, Veteran of 2nd World War
Plus, Witold once gave me a lift home in his car. He was about 88-89 years old and all over the bloody road; fortunately quiet country roads. I remember thinking, this guy has survived 5 concentration camps, so the probability is he’ll get me home just fine! He did. Hello Witold! It was a pleasure to know you.
Bonfire Night at High View 2008: Witold Kasicki
Ned Pamphilon Productions 10.07.2013
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