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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In December , the Poles gave only ten pistols and a small amount of ammunition
to the Jews . In order not to deepen Polish suspicions about Communist influence
in the Jewish resistance movement , Wilner submitted a code of regulations ...
88 After the armed resistance of the Jews during the period January 18 – 22 ,
1943 , the attitude of the AK toward giving ... This change reflected the positive
views of Poles who praised Jewish heroism and even inflated Jewish
These percentages are based on the estimated number of inhabitants in the
Warsaw Ghetto before the uprising in the spring of 1943 and the number of
Jewish resistance fighters . This suggests that even at this late date , the tradition
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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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