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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Before the Soviets undermined the relief activities of the Polish embassy in the
Soviet Union , the Polish embassy had established nineteen offices with 387 "
men of confidence , ” among whom were 297 Poles , 82 Jews , and 8 Ukrainians
One member of the British Foreign Office , summing up his conversation with
Namier , stated that the Polish government “ could no more prevent occasional
excesses on the part of individual N . C . O . ' s than HMG could prevent
Public Record Office , Kew , Richmond Records of : Air Ministry Foreign Office
Home Office Prime Minister ' s Office War Cabinet Poland Central Archives ,
Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party , Warsaw Archiwum
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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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