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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4 Sikorski ' s appointment was warmly received in Poland ; soon Sikorski became
a hero , a charismatic leader whom the Poles identified with ultimate victory
against the Nazis . Often the Poles repeated the saying , “ As the sun rises ,
And many of the officers who were his more severe critics Sikorski trundled off to
exile on the remote Isle of Bute — dubbed the “ Island of Snakes ” — off the coast
of Scotland . Despite these efforts , the military ranks continued to have an ...
To be sure , the commission was not entirely motivated by personal
vindictiveness ; part of the reason also stemmed from Sikorski ' s conviction that
he had to do something to placate the anger of his countrymen against the
Sanacja and ...
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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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