I grew up in a milieu where, to say the least, Poland was not everyone's favorite country.
In fact, I had the impression that it was radioactive, beyond the pale. Poland, I heard again and again, had been a cauldron of widespread anti-Semitism. Those Jews who had managed to escape had no desire ever to return. And their memories were replete with horrific tales of discrimination and persecution. In other words, Poland may perforce have been an integral part of the Jewish past, but it had no place in the Jewish future.