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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58 Both the Sikorski government and the ZWZIAK resisted sharing power with
political groups in Poland . Sikorski ' s initial reservations about strong political
leadership in Poland even prompted charges from the homeland that the exile ...
CHAPTER THREE THE MILITARY UNDERGROUND IN OPERATION The
ZWZIAK was the most important component of the Polish underground
conspiracy . Though it conducted extensive sabotage , diversion , reprisal , and
Therefore , it should not be surprising that discipline in the ZWZIAK 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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