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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57 The conscription of Jews into the Polish army in Britain and the arrest of some
Jewish recruits on charges of desertion ... According to one Jewish historian who
sympathized with the Jewish soldiers , “ There was a general reluctance among ...
appointed minister of the treasury by Mikołajczyk , was attacked by some Jewish
newspapers because he was an assimilationist . 66 Even Zygielbojm , who
admitted the major role of the Polish government in informing and activating
Nor does Kermish offer proof for his sweeping claim that “ tens of thousands of
Jews " were victimized by blackmailers . ... Kermish ' s lack of balance in dealing
with the subject of Polish - Jewish relations is also revealed in the role he shared
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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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