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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Upon Piłsudksi's death, Jews joined Poles in mourning the death of a man many
Jews called "Father" (Ojciec).20 Attempts by the post-Piłsudski regime, the
Sanacja, to broaden its power base by appeals to anti-Semitism did not meet a ...
In Lwów, even a memorial tablet commemorating the students who fell in defense
of the city in 1918-19 was blotted out by Jews.26 Jewish collaboration with the
Soviets, more than any other factor, was responsible for increasing anti-Semitism
In one order to the officers of the Polish army, Kukiel admitted the existence of
anti-Semitic behavior in the Polish army which, he said, is exploited by Poland's
enemies and undermines the confidence of the western allies in Poland, a point
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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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