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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Yet , despite the lack of cohesion , the groups within the Polish underground
movement had a common enemy and were able to score remarkable
underground successes against the Germans during their occupation of Poland .
their arms at their feet instead of actively engaging the enemy . ” 8 Polish
Communist goals were really more political than military . The ZWZIAK had good
reasons to minimize direct confrontations with the Germans , for ZWZIAK actions
36 The Katyń affair simply confirmed Rowecki ' s long - standing view that the
Soviet Union was “ nothing ( more ) than our enemy ” — and he would continue
to consider it that way in his military planning . In view of the state of Russo -
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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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