Braun, a Polish Jewess, was born in 1915 and during 1939-43 a resident of the wealthy, privileged Sienna Street section of the Warsaw Ghetto. Here she’s seen, then 26 years of age, in a summer, 1941 photo: well-groomed and buxom, nicely-dressed, clearly in a good mood, and wearing her regulation armband. But the rest of her biography, as given above from several sources, is the usual Zionist mixture of fact, careful elision, and outright fiction. There weren’t “just a few” luxury apartments and wealthy Jewish families in the southern “little ghetto” bounded by Sienna and Chlodno streets…there were thousands, most of them upper-crust Zionists who, during 1942, collaborated with the Nazis in the deportation and death of more than 300,000 other, middle class and working class Warsaw Jews. And the “restaurants, clubs and cinemas” were in operation through the entire span of the ghetto; Braun herself was indeed an entertainer in one of these clubs, as was the noted piano player (and survivor) Wladyslaw Szpilman. Here is his description of just such a club and its patrons, which differs somewhat from the impression created by the liner notes to Pasatieri’s CD:
“The real, regular smuggling trade was run by such Jewish magnates as Kohn and Heller….Bribed police guards simply turned a blind eye at agreed times, and then whole columns of carts would drive right through the ghetto gate carrying food, expensive liquors, the most luxurious of delicacies, tobacco straight from Greece, French lingerie and cosmetics. I had a good view of these goods daily in the Nowoczesna. The café was frequented by the ghetto rich, who went there hung about with gold jewelry and dripping with diamonds. To the sound of popping champagne corks, tarts with gaudy make-up offered their services to war profiteers seated at laden tables….No beggars were allowed outside the Nowoczesna. Fat doormen drove them away with cudgels. Rickshaws often came long distances, and the Jews and Jewesses who lounge in them wore expensive wool in winter, costly straw hats and French silks in summer. Before they reached the zone protected by the porters’ cudgels they ward off the crowd with sticks themselves, their faces distorted with anger. Once they were finally sitting at the little tables in the roomy café, they began complaining of the hard times….No one paid any attention to my music in the Nowoczesna. The louder I played, the louder the company eating and drinking talked. On one occasion a rich Jew even sent a waiter over to tell me to stop playing for a few moments, because the music made it impossible for him to test the twenty-dollar gold coins he had just acquired from a fellow guest…he knocked each coin gently on the marble surface of the table, picked it up in his fingertips, raised it to an ear and listened hard to its ring…”. (The Pianist, pp. 13-14)
On this and related issues, see also our page on Zionist holocaust fictionalizer Yael Sarah Hersonski (Type II/#Z230). As to the ultimate fate of the Jewess Braun: an eventual inmate of the Jewish section of the Majdanek labor camp, she was indeed executed on 3 November, 1943, during Aktion Erntefest, a.k.a. Harvest Festival, during which a sum total of c. 42,000 male and female prisoners – in Majdanek and several other Lublin district Jewish labor camps – had to be shot. These executions, however, had nothing to do with any programmatic “final solution” of the Jewish problem in Europe. They were entirely motivated by two murderous Zionist initiatives: the first being the Churchill-ordered fire-bombing of Hamburg during August of the same year (during which c. 42,000 German civilians, mostly women and children, were massacred); and second, the fact that, in several of these Lublin camps (Poniatowa and Trawnicki, both located a few miles from Maidanek), the Jews themselves were stockpiling weapons and ammunition…apparently in an effort to bait local communist partisans into attacking the camps. In short, Harvest Festival was both a legitimate tit-for-tat reprisal operation, and a situationally appropriate, pre-emptive anti-partisan action precipitated by the Jews themselves. Another aspect of interest: during the Maidanek liquidation, as the Jews and Jewesses therein (Paulina Sarah among the latter) ran naked from an undressing barrack to separate execution pits, thousands of Polish civilians crowded the rooftops of nearby buildings in Lublin city, some watching through binoculars, others applauding, laughing, and cheering. Evidently “antisemitism” was widespread and intense in pre-war and WW II Poland. And if you suspect this “antisemitism” (and its occasional more drastic consequences) could be due to certain long-term, negative Jewish phenomena…you might be right.