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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27 Himmler was aware that psychologically the SS had to justify their horrible
actions to themselves ; this was suggested by the SS chief when he told an SS
regiment which had participated in the French campaign that no less brave a task
49 Then Himmler went to Posen , where he dispatched for Warsaw most of the
police force of the city — some with artillery - together with the SS Brigade
Dirlewanger and the SS Brigade Kamiński . All the units were under the
command of SS ...
sent by Himmler contributed further to the chaos by their looting and
indiscriminate killing . Warsaw had no battle lines during these days ; the city was
a shifting maze of people in a boiling cauldron . One of the strangest questions of
the war is ...
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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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