Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947

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Lexington Books, 2004 - History - 499 pages
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Between 1939 and 1947 the county of Janow Lubelski, an agricultural area in central Poland, experienced successive occupations by Nazi Germany (1939-1944) and the Soviet Union (1944-1947). During each period the population, including the Polish majority and the Jewish, Ukrainian, and German minorities, reacted with a combination of accommodation, collaboration, and resistance. In this remarkably detailed and revealing study, Marek Jan Chodakiewicz analyzes and describes the responses of the inhabitants of occupied Janow to the policies of the ruling powers. He provides a highly useful typology of response to occupation, defining collaboration as an active relationship with the occupiers for reasons of self-interest and to the detriment of one's neighbors; resistance as passive and active opposition; and accommodation as compliance falling between the two extremes. He focuses on the ways in which these reactions influenced relations between individuals, between social classes, and between ethnic groups. Casting new light on social dynamics within occupied Poland during and after World War II, Between Nazis and Soviets yields valuable insight for scholars of conflict studies."
  

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Contents

On the Eve 19141939
39
The Local Elite and the German Authorities 19391944
67
The Polish Majority under Nazi Rule 19391944
105
Ethnic Minorities under Nazi Rule 19391944
133
The Independentists and Their Enemies 19391947
181
The Local Elite under Soviet Occupation 19441947
237
The Polish Majority under Soviet Occupation 19441947
265
Ethnic Minorities under Soviet Occupation 19441947
297
Accommodation and Resistance
319
Maps
343
Appendixes
347
Bibliography
443
Index
493
About the Author
499
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About the author (2004)

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is research professor of history at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. From 2001 to 2003, he was assistant professor of history, Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.

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