The Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation, 1939-1944
Emphasizes that the Polish people, like the Jews, were victims of a German war of annihilation which nearly succeeded. While some Poles helped Jews, others helped the Germans to hunt them down. However, these were condemned by the Polish underground. Ch. 5 (pp. 121-151) argues that Polish failure to save the Jews was due not to antisemitism but rather to preoccupation with their own survival and lack of mutual social contacts. Contends that Polish antisemitism was mainly an expression of resentment against Jewish economic domination, matched by Jewish discrimination against Poles. Poles resented the Jewish welcome of the Soviets in 1939. Up to 1942, they believed that the Jews were relatively safe in the ghettos. also denies "exaggerated" accusations of antisemitism in the Anders Army. Ch. 6 (pp. 152-181) describes actions of the government-in-exile on behalf of the Jews; denies that the Home Army failed to help the Warsaw ghetto fighters.
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88 Unfortunately , the children considered unfit for Germanization found their way
to Auschwitz where , along with adults , they died . The Germans killed most of
them by intracardiac injections of phenol . One Auschwitz inmate remembered ...
... Poles had made available to the Americans a map detailing all major railroad
lines and their daily capacities in Poland . 52 As early as January 1941 , Sikorski
had asked RAF officials to bomb Auschwitz in order to liberate the inmates there
1944 by Jewish officials , that bombing Auschwitz simply did not have priority in
Allied military strategy . The first report , made by an inmate , Witold Pilecki ,
about Auschwitz found its way to London early in 1941 . But Jews had not been
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Though many nations were forced to endure Nazi tyranny during World War II, nowhere was its fury more devastating than in Poland. Poland suffered more than six million casualities and witnessed the ... Read full review
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