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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Before the Soviets undermined the relief activities of the Polish embassy in the
Soviet Union , the Polish embassy had established nineteen offices with 387 “
men of confidence , ” among whom were 297 Poles , 82 Jews , and 8 Ukrainians
Polish Ministry of Information , Black Book of Poland , 267 ; Office of Strategic
Services , “ German Occupied Poland , " 18 Mar . 1942 , in OSS / NA . 115 .
Polish Ministry of Information , Black Book of Poland , 267 - 69 ; Office of Strategic
One Foreign Office official sniffed ; “ Very amateurish . ” Since the British opposed
the linkage between air bombardment of German targets and German crimes in
Poland , Foreign Office officials marked through sections of the pamphlet that ...
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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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