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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But Polish plans for an early uprising evaporated when France collapsed in June
1940 . As early as January 1940 , General Sosnkowski , reflecting on the size
and purpose of the ZWZ and his preference for a small organization capable of ...
27 Sikorski was well aware throughout 1942 and early 1943 that the Western
Allies had shown little disposition toward the idea of becoming involved in large
scale supply and support operations to the Poles in an uprising against the ...
Early in July 1944 , Mikołajczyk considered going to Poland with his cabinet in
order to assert control over the country , a gesture opposed by the government
delegate , who believed that the cabinet could do more good for Poland in
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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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