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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were told , unconvincingly , not to believe the rumors that the Russians were at
Warsaw ' s doorsteps and not to abandon their places of work . Scared enemy
patrols fired aimlessly at civilians . An elderly woman was hit in the hip by a bullet
It appeared that the Russians were ready to attack Warsaw from Praga , coupled
with an encircling maneuver from the south . But this was not in the offing .
Having established themselves in Praga , Berling ' s First Polish Army tried to
force the ...
The AK commander in Mokotów identified one of the Russians there as
Alexander Chernukhyn , who curiously asked what the AK needed in the way of
help — something the Poles had sought since August 1 . But it took a few more
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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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