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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... SS, Gestapo, and military a license to steal personal possessions. ... In Warsaw
and other large cities whole blocks of houses were surrounded by troops while a
general search was carried out under the direction of Gestapo officers.
The Gestapo infiltrated the Sword and Plow (Miecz i Plug), a right-wing
organization that had been subordinated to the ZWZ/AK, and the AK shot three of
the organization's top leaders for being Gestapo agents.121 Obviously, the
arrests 92 ...
organization's top leaders for being Gestapo agents.121 Obviously, the arrests
and executions of ZWZ/AK officers created shortages of people to fill leadership
positions, a condition that Rowecki understandably deplored. Prior to 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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