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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help form and supply a Polish army in the Soviet Union under the command of
General Władysław Anders . In only a matter of weeks , Anders succeeded in
organizing two divisions . Though officially committed to establish the Polish army
Though Namier acknowledged there was anti - Semitic feeling among Poles ,
especially in the army , he did not believe it was reasonable to expect the Polish
government to do more than it was already doing to deal with the problem .
It said , “ The Government of General Sikorski ( is ) an obstacle in the way of
finding friends for a new and free Poland . ... Kukiel established a rabbinical
commission , headed by the chief rabbi in the Polish army , to deal with problems
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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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