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Poland: Still Torturing after All These Years

Published on Saturday, June 30 2012 by Fooled-Author

As a country, Poland over the last few centuries has sort of faded in and out, like the light of a firefly. But when it flares into existence, it has distinguished itself at an activity engaged in by repressive (read: all) states everywhere: the detention and torture of political prisoners for information and useful confessions, often for other countries, such as the USSR since World War II.

But Poland outdid itself in 1945-1947, when it extracted from Rudolf Höss, former comandant of Auschwitz, a “confession” to having overseen the murder of 4.5 million or so Jews there. It rewarded Höss …