As the son of a historian and a student of history myself, I know that too much of history has been rewritten. It is more than just the old saw, “history is written by the victors.” Often, the rewriting is very careful and purposeful, to accomplish specific objectives.
Consider this recent US News story from Poland involving the mega-corp Netflix.
“Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix, the U.S. streaming and production company, to make changes to a documentary that includes a map showing Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern Poland. The camps were built by the Nazis on Polish soil during their brutal occupation of Poland in World War Two, but the map used in the documentary, Morawiecki said, implied that Poland existed at that time as an independent nation within its postwar borders and thus could share responsibility for the atrocities. The map appears in a Netflix documentary series entitled ‘The Devil Next Door’ that chronicles the story of John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. carworker convicted by a German court in 2011 of having been a Nazi death camp guard during the war.” (11/11/19)
Now, I ask, is this nothing more than a simple mistake on the part of a poorly-educated graphic artist and editor/producer of this documentary? Or is it really something more sinister that happened to have been noticed? If sinister, what was the objective of rewriting history?
It may have been a deliberate attack on Poland. Today, in the eyes of the EU powers-that-be, and much of the Tranzi west, Poland is one of the bad boys of Europe. Stauchly Catholic, rejecting such essentials as homosexual “marriage,” rejecting slavish obedience to Brussels in many things, discouraging or preventing immigration (especially of Muslims “refugees”), Poland is evil incarnate – far worse in Tranzi eyes than, say, the Muslim and Islamist regimes of the Middle East and South Asia. Even worse, they welcome and host American troops and have a fear of Russia and their neighbors in Belarus. And are, still, rather uneasy with the Germans.
So if they can be whitewashed with the accusations of white supremacy, anti-Semitism, concentration and death camps, and more, that is good. Win the public opinion to turn against the bad boys. Even if what they are condemned for happened 75+ years ago – when there was (again) not a “Poland” at all – at least not as an organized nation.
After all, this is a bonus points situation for those who need to polish their Tranzi credentials. (Just like the new trial of yet another ancient (95+?) SS teen soldier. What will they do when there are no more SS to torture in court? Who will be the new scapegoats of the Tranzi world?)
So this very well may be an example of rewriting history, not out of ignorance, but to push political agendas and increase control of a poorly-educated electorate. Here in the Fifty States (Netflix’s major market) and much of the world.
When viewed with my “conspiracy glasses” in light of the growing lies and censorship of such social media giants as Twitter and Facebook and Google, and the political and social bias demonstrated by media and such as Apple, Microsoft, and the software and hardware behemoths? It surely looks like it.
What can be done by lovers of liberty to ensure that this “1984” style of rewriting history cannot take hold?
First, let us teach the younger generations the truth, and NOT the pablum and outright lies found more and more on line and in current textbooks.
Second, preserve the history. Both in electronic form AND in hard copy. Wonderful as the worldwide web is, it can be denied to us – and not necessarily just by direct government action (as happens in China and Venezuela and other places). Loss of electrical power, whether at servers or at our home or business, is another. And of course, the data CAN be changed. Hard copies can be very valuable, very important.
Third, challenge when someone or something reports something that is not truthful. Perhaps only one out of a thousand might actually fix the errors (intentional or mistaken), but that is still one.
When you know the truth on a subject – historical or current, publish it. Get with other lovers of liberty who can help write, edit, and publish (preferably in both hardcopy and electronically. Then distribute it, again both electronically and hardcopy. Share it.
It is a battle we CAN win.