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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Letter , Dormer to Eden with enclosures , 11 June 1942 , in FO371 / 31097 /
52481 C5951 / 954 / 55 , PRO ; Office of Strategic Services , OB2813 and
OB4123 of June 1943 and July 1943 in OSS / NA . 150 . Korboński , Polish
Iranek - Osmecki , He Who Saves One Life , 262 ; interview with Korbonski , 7
June 1982 . 66 . Borwicz , “ Factors Influencing the Relations , ” 360 - 61 . 67 .
Interview with Karol and Rachel Cymber , 8 July 1982 ; interview with Korboński ,
New York Times , 12 June 1942 ; Gilbert , Auschwitz and the Allies , 50 . 35 .
Memo , Harris to Churchill , 15 June 1942 , in Air14 / 3507152574 , PRO . 36 .
Letter , Sikorski to Churchill , 22 June 1942 , in PREM 4 / 100 / 13 / 52481 ; letter
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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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