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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Many farmers even thought conditions might improve for them compared to their
situation under the Sanacja , the prewar Polish regime . And German
benevolences — cancellation of farmers ' debts to Jewish creditors , elimination
of taxes ...
On the other hand , there was sometimes extensive expropriation of Polish
farmers when land was needed for war factories and airfields . 124 The
consequence of all these German policies was the pauperization of the Polish
people . In 1940 ...
The former chicken farmer saw the Warsaw Uprising as a chance to annihilate
the Poles . “ My Führer , ” Himmler declared , “ Warsaw . . . will be erased [ : ] this
nation that has blocked our way to the East for the past 700 years and which has
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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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