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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When Sosnkowski outlined possible activities for the ZWZ in January 1940 , he
gave priority to intelligence , followed by sabotage . Precisely because of the
inherent risks of Nazi retribution , he gave a lower priority to retaliatory and ...
Žegota never seemed to lack for personnel , including members of the AK , in its
activities . 118 One of the most critical aspects of Zegota ' s activities was the
forging of documents which Jewish refugees needed . Using the printing presses
See Arczyński ' s account on the activities of Żegota . Arczyński , Kryptonim
Žegota . A brief account is provided in Sprawozdanie w Działalności Rady
Pomocy Żydom przy Pełnomocniku Rządu w Kraju za Czas od Grudnia 1942r .
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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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