POLISH CATHOLICS RECALL THEIR PAIN AT AUSCHWITZ
NEWS from THE POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS
HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTATION COMMITTEE
177 Kent St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222 - (718) 349-9689
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 3, 2004
Michael Preisler (left) and Andrew Garczynski describe the suffering
they and other Polish Catholics went through when they were
prisoners at the dreaded Auschwitz concentration camp in
German-occupied Poland in World War II.
As part of the Polish American Heritage Month exhibit at the Glen
Cove (N.Y.) Public Library, Preisler and Garczynski shocked their
audience as they shared their memories of the barbaric and inhuman
treatment they endured at the hands of Hitler's SS.
As co-chair of the Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish
American Congress, Preisler has dedicated most of his efforts since
emigrating here to informing Americans about the nightmare Catholics
and other Christians also experienced during the Holocaust. He survived
3 1/2 years in Auschwitz.
What troubles Preisler most today are the signs he is beginning to see
of a pro-German bias from some of the media when they report about the
Holocaust. Whether by negligence or intent, they like to call concentration
camps the Germans operated in Poland as "Polish" camps instead of
the German camps they were, according to Preisler.
He cited Time magazine, Business Week, the Washington Post and
Canadian TV as some of the most recent offenders.
"There were German concentration camps in Germany and there were
German concentration camps in Poland. A German camp did not turn into
a Polish camp just because the Germans ran it inside Poland," he said.
"And when we complain about how misleading such descriptions can be,
they give us the lame excuse they used 'Polish' as a geographic location.
But with that kind of logic, they might as well say Hitler became a Frenchman
after Germany invaded France and he went to Paris to salute his victorious
German soldiers there." he said.
Garczynski and Preisler both live in Queens, New York
HITLER'S WOMEN GUARDS JUST AS CRUEL AS SS-MEN
Even though she was only 16, Wanda Lorenc had already
seen the inside of two German concentration camps.
First, they sent her to the infamous women's concentration
camp at Ravensbruck. Then they put her in Spandau. That's
where she found out how costly it would be for someone Polish
like her to help a Jew.
It was only a piece of bread she gave another prisoner, a
Jewish woman from Hungary. But one of the female German
guards saw her do it and pounced on her.
The shrieking Nazi kept beating and kicking her and eventually
kicked out the teenager's teeth. Then the Germans let loose
one of their dogs to bite out a chunk of flesh from her side.
This was part of the gruesome story Wanda Lorenc told the
audience at the Glen Cove Public Library.
Ms. Lorenc's father, mother and brother are honored at Israel's
Yad Vashem for rescuing 12 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto in
1943. She is a resident of Glen Head, New York.
Contact: Frank Milewski - (718) 263-2700