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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62 Although Jews could also be found in the AK , Peasant Battalions , and other
Polish formations , the Jewish partisan movement , which numbered
approximately thirty units , 63 was primarily linked with the Communists . In view
of the close ...
84 Despite Sikorski ' s intention to revive Polish - Soviet relations and to maintain
them in the postwar period , even he opposed close intelligence contacts with the
Soviets for the same reasons Rowecki did . 85 There was a brief period from ...
The German , who had always protested he was not a Nazi , urged , “ Close
down ; it ' s starting now . ” Mrs . Gisted ignored the warning and routinely went
about her business . When the uprising finally came , her husband found her at
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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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