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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Several worked for the British . One of the most effective rings was a Polish -
Swedish connection , which was uncovered in 1942 , resulting in the arrest and
execution of fifty - one Poles . Swedes who had lived in Warsaw had great
The British did not consider the matter very long before Churchill told Mikołajczyk
on August 1 , 1943 , “ To our regret we ... 126 Despite Polish urgings and the
endorsement of the Special Operations Executive , the British government did not
74 Raczyński commented on the pro - Soviet line in the British press that had
been going on for some time : “ Everything to do with the Soviet ally , and
especially its relations with Poland , is enveloped in a dense fog of mendacity .
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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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