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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These were official organs of Nazi policy which sought to emphasize the
invincibility of German power and the inferiority of the Poles . At the outset , the
Germans concentrated on defaming the Polish nationality and casting aspersions
on the ...
The Poles Under German Occupation, 1939-1944 Richard C. Lukas ... In addition
, the Germans used approximately 300 , 000 Polish prisoners of war who , along
with regular Polish laborers , lived and worked in appalling conditions .
In October 1939 , the German embassy in Geneva reported to Berlin that a Polish
exile circle in Switzerland , hostile to Sikorski ' s government , wanted to reach an
understanding with the Germans aimed at creating a new Polish state .
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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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