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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The relationship of the General Government to the Reich evolved as the war
progressed . At first the area was seen as a kind of protectorate , originally called
General Government of the Occupied Polish Areas ( General Gouvernement der
The importance Hitler attached to the Germanization of the annexed territories
was revealed by his appointment of Heinrich Himmler , who already headed the
SS and police establishments , to be Reich Commissioner for the Consolidation
The plunder of personal property , including food and clothes , was so rampant
that the Reich minister of justice became concerned not because the actions
were illegal and immoral but because the “ Polish inhabitant who has been left ...
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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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