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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92 The majority of Poles , panic stricken that they would be exterminated as the
Jews had been in similar deportation operations , abandoned their homes and
property and fled to the forests . In one village , only two people remained ; the ...
In the spring of 1940 , Rowecki created the Union for Revenge ( Związek Odwetu
) , which was responsible for conducting sabotage , diversionary , and reprisal
operations against the Germans not only in the General Government but also in ...
Moreover , German reprisals for underground operations risked losing the
support of the people and even played into the hands of those wanting to
collaborate with the enemy . Following the Polish defeat by the Germans in
September 1939 ...
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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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