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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In January 1943 , the British Admiralty was impressed with the value of
intelligence they received from the Poles concerning German naval installations
and operations in the Gdynia area . The British Ministry of Aircraft Production in
Before the end of 1941 , news of German massacres of Jews in eastern Poland
was received in Warsaw . In January 1942 , Warsaw received the first reports
about the gassing of Jews in Chełmno . These reports of mass murder , conveyed
19 It was the British who , until they received additional confirmation , thought the
information was either unreliable or an exaggeration . “ Thus , " as Laqueur says ,
“ those mainly responsible seem to have been some officials in the Foreign ...
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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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