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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Meanwhile , Sikorski , a bright , dynamic leader who had once served as chief of
staff to the Polish armed forces and as premier during the years immediately
following World War I , had arrived in France , where the Polish political
Sikorski ' s appointment was warmly received in Poland ; soon Sikorski became a
hero , a charismatic leader whom the Poles identified with ultimate victory against
the Nazis . Often the Poles repeated the saying , “ As the sun rises , Sikorski ...
Despite these efforts , the military ranks continued to have an abundance of “
irreconcilable Praetorians , " as one Sikorski intimate described them , who
remained his constant detractors . As a result , both Sikorski and his abrasive
minister of ...
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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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