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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28 Poles had every reason to be pleased when the underground launched a
widespread campaign , known as Action “ N , ” to demoralize German soldiers
and officials in Poland . The underground published newspapers and pamphlets
Action “ N ” dispirited Germans by sending them demoralizing letters and books
with conspiratorial texts . Some of these letters were sent to Germans in
prominent positions and contained at least some truth about commercial frauds
or illicit ...
The official history of the Polish armed forces estimates that there were 21 , 600
military casualties in Warsaw — 10 , 000 killed , 6 , 600 wounded , and 5 , 000
missing in action . The same source places German casualties at 26 , 000 — 10 ...
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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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