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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SS General Odilo Globocnik believed that the General Government should be
cleared of Poles and in 1941 , as a step in that direction , convinced Himmler to
establish German settlements in the Lublin area . The plan envisaged a belt of ...
... from a moving train on its way to Majdanek , near Lublin . “ They were very
good to me . I became a member of their family . I shall never forget them , ”
Cymber stated . “ There were many other Poles too who helped me in those dark
Smilo Freiherr von , 214 Lwów , 69 , 82 , 104 , 144 , 184 ; persecution of clergy in
, 15 ; railroad line to Lublin , 23 ; underground press in , 106 , 248 ; pogrom in ,
125 , 252 , Jewish collaboration with Bolsheviks in , 128 ; aid to Jews , 147 ;
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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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