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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Even children under sixteen years of age were vulnerable to the death penalty for
making anti - German statements or simply demonstrating what the Germans
described as a “ hostile mentality . ” A Pole could and often was shot for not
Irving , Accident : Death of General Sikorski , 44ff . , 106 - 07 , 125ff . , 131 , 144 ,
167 , 175 - 77 ; proceedings of Court of Inquiry of Investigation , 7 July 1943 , Air
2 / 9234 , PRO . Irving concludes : “ Although there is no suggestion that Prchal ...
Moreover , the Directorate of Civil Resistance only controlled civil underground
courts ; the ZWZIAK also condemned people to death and executed a very large
number of them . In addition , a large number of informers were liquidated by the
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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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