Heroic Victim Rosenberg and her mother emigrated to Sweden after the war. Seventy-some years later, she wants her grandfather's land in Poland back but is having a difficult time at it; her campaign to recover the property has been selflessly taken up by the brave reporters at the New York Times. (After all, someone's got to stand up for the Jews, right?)
Siegal heroically names-and-shames Jaroslaw Kaczynski as a possible anti-Semite (b. 1949 in Warsaw; former Polish Prime Minister; head of Poland's current conservative ruling party, "seen by some as de facto leader and the most powerful man in Poland"). She quotes him:
Did you catch those anti-Semitic code words! This Kaczynski must be stopped! He is two steps away from Hitler!“On what basis should Poland decide that those with Jewish ancestors get compensated, whereas Belarussians, Poles, Ukrainians or Crimean Karaites, or Tatars and Germans — all of whom used to live here before the war — shouldn’t be compensated?” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the governing party, asked supporters last year. (The Karaites and Tatars are minority groups that speak Turkic languages.)
“Is Poland able to turn back time and compensate all those who suffered in those tragic events?” he asked. “Does it mean that the descendants of poor Poles are supposed to pay the descendants of those who were rich? This is what it comes down to.”
To step back into reality, of course, he is right. If pre-war land claims are all valid, a very large amount of Polish real estate would go into German hands... And Poles would get a lot of the land in western Belarus and Ukraine.
Miss Siegal does not care. A subtext to her article, subtle but strong, is that Jewish land claims are more important, more valid, than gentile land claims. To say otherwise is immoral.