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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The August order was helpful to Rowecki and Bor, but progress was slow.44 The
Voice of Poland (Glos Polski) was one of the first clandestine organizations to be
founded following Poland's defeat in the war. Organized in Lodz by Tadeusz ...
Some groups in the General Government were organized by military men,
including the Security Corps (Korpus Bezpieczenstwa — KB), the Secret Polish
Army, (Tajna Armia Polska), and the Secret Military Organization (Tajna
Even Jewish Communists from other ghettos came to Warsaw to participate in the
organization of the Polish Workers Party. In March 1942, the Communists
organized their military arm, the People's Guard, in which 30 percent of the
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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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