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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84 On November 11 , 1942 , Rowecki took Jewish requests under advisement ,
praised the battle readiness of the ZOB , and authorized them to organize into
units of five resistance fighters . 85 Polish cooperation initiated with the Jews was
We will fight to the last . ... sought to get the agreement of the Jewish Fighting
Organization ( ZOB ) to evacuate from the city with the help of the AK to eastern
Poland where they had a better chance to survive than in the environs of the
91 As the level of fighting intensified and casualties mounted on both sides , the
number of corpses in the streets made the entire city look like an open cemetery .
The “ gatherers , " as the corpse collectors were euphemistically called , had the ...
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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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