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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sue with what he perceived as a lapse in the novel by asking, "But what of Polish
anti-Semitism?"2 Obviously Michener appreciated more than his reviewer that
Polish-Jewish relations did not revolve exclusively around anti-Semitism, or in
See Kermish, "Activities of the Council for Aid to Jews," 380. Kermish's lack of
balance in dealing with the subject of Polish-Jewish relations is also revealed in
the role he shared with Shmuel Krakowski in editing Ringelblum's Polish-Jewish
Harold, 85 Persecution of Jews in German-Occupied Poland, 153 Pfeiffer, Col. ...
Also see Polish- Jewish relations Poland, 220 Poland Is Not Yet Lost, 107 Poland
Lives, 52, 107 Polesie, 74 Polish armed forces, 234; and September campaign ...
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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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