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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58 The Polish government gave an accurate description of what the church in
Poland had to endure : “ As a result of these persecutions church activities in
Poland have been so harshly repressed by the German authorities that the
Church can ...
... expectations , the Nazi effort to blot out Polish culture , and with it to destroy
national unity , produced opposite results . ... and internally linked in life and
death , is at present as a result of German action slowly but surely becoming a
... defense of the Jews . The result is tendentious writing that is often more
reminiscent of propaganda than of history . Despite the scholarly pretensions of
many of these works — and there is genuine scholarship in some of these books
— they ...
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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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