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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shouted the local peasant leader ( Bauernfuhrer ) , who is also an officer of the
SS . In the stables I saw an amazing sight . Only two horses were there , and two
cows instead of eight . When we went into the pigsty we found there only two
122 Initially , the economic policy of the Germans toward the Polish peasantry
was not to interfere with their land . ... In prewar days , the peasant considered a
grain yield of twelve quintals from each hectare to be good ; of THE GERMAN ...
twelve quintals from each hectare to be good ; of that , the peasant maintained
his family on eight quintals and sold the remainder . But the Germans insisted the
peasant deliver six quintals per hectare . In the Cracow district , where peasants ...
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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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