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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Depesza , Rowecki do Sikorskiego , 25 Sept. 1941 ; Meldunek Zbiorowy ,
Rowecki do Centrali , 15 Nov. 1941 , in AKWD 2 : 89-90 , 133 . 22. Haestrup ,
European Resistance Movements , 423 ; Komisja Historyczna , PSZ 3 : 468 . 23.
Depesza , Rowecki do Sikorskiego , 19 June 1943 ; Depesza , Rowecki do
Centrali , 29 Apr. 1943 , in AKwD 3 : 28-32 , 1 . 38. Depesza , Sikorski do
Roweckiego , 1 June 1943 , in ibid . , 24-25 ; Mitkiewicz , Z Gen. Sikorskim Na
Jewish survivors of the uprising must have been favorably disposed toward the
AK or they would not have supported the Poles against the Germans during the
Warsaw Uprising of August - September 1944. See Depesza od Korbońskiego ,
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