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 name Jędrusie became so popular that in many places in Poland it became
a synonym for partisans . ... of the Directorate of Underground Resistance , late in
1942 , that the AK formally began to organize a partisan movement subject to its ...
... logical place to go was the forest . When Jews went there , they usually found
and joined partisan units organized by the Soviets and the GLIAL , not the AK ,
because for a long time the AK did not place the priority on partisan warfare that it
In the beginning , the attitude of the local peasants to the ( Jewish ] partisans was
fairly tolerant and they supplied the ... This attitude can most likely be viewed as a
result of the Home Army ' s decision not to tolerate a new partisan force ...
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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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