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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... part of the ZWZ; and one of OOB's units formed an important element of the
sabotage-diversionary wing of the ZWZ. ... Polska), and the Secret Military
Organization (Tajna Organizacja Wojskowa), all of which became part of the ZWZ
Poland's ambassador to the world but the actual decision-making center ought to
be in Poland."58 Both the Sikorski government and the ZWZ/AK resisted sharing
power with political groups in Poland. Sikorski's initial reservations about strong ...
Therefore, it should not be surprising that discipline in the ZWZ/AK was often a
problem. From time to time individuals and groups within the AK followed their
own impulses, sometimes challenging or disobeying their superiors. Often these
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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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