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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A courier for the Polish underground recalled later how Warsaw looked after the
September campaign : “ The city resembled an overturned ant heap . The streets
were full of rubble , already with pathways trodden through and over it by people
In the event the capitulation is not made by September 11 at 1 : 00 P . M . , the
fighting will continue in sharpened form . This is my last word . ” 109 Ever since
September 9 , Bach - Zelewski substantially increased the artillery barrages to ...
In addition , between September 20 and 22 , two Soviet liaison men landed in
Zoliborz and two in Mokotów . The AK commander in Mokotów identified one of
the Russians there as Alexander Chernukhyn , who curiously asked what the AK
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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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