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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42 At the same time , Polish military representatives in Washington presented an
aide - mémoire to the American chief of staff , George Marshall , asking the Army
Air Forces to bomb German settlements in eastern Poland in retaliation for what ...
clared : “ The Polish underground leaders . . . requested regular bombing
missions to destroy all railroad lines leading to extermination camps in order to
prevent further transports from the ghettoes . ” Jewish leaders in the Warsaw
1944 by Jewish officials , that bombing Auschwitz simply did not have priority in
Allied military strategy . The first report , made by an inmate , Witold Pilecki ,
about Auschwitz found its way to London early in 1941 . But Jews had not been
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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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