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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Sikorski explained to General George Marshall , the American chief of staff , that
the “ complete isolation of Germany and the rapid crossing by the Allies over the
Central European bridge , between the Balkans and Poland , would considerably
60 American Jews were no different . Before Sikorski ' s arrival in the United
States on a state visit , an article in Congress Weekly , the organ of the American
Jewish Congress , attacked the general : “ Can we trust Sikorski , the proud ...
Janusz , 92 Alter , Wiktor , 255 American Federation of Polish Jews , 170
American Jewish Congress , 136 , 264 American Relief for Poland , 248 Anders ,
Gen . Władysław , 69 , 72 , 112 , 245 ; Jews in his army , 131 – 32 ; Jews
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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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