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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Other Polish farmers actively resisted ; one group attacked the German settlers in
Cieszyn , killed 30 of them , and plundered their property . The raid on Cieszyn so
enraged Himmler that he ordered the annihilation of entire Polish villages in ...
Many farmers even thought conditions might improve for them compared to their
situation under the Sanacja , the prewar Polish regime . And German
benevolences — cancellation of farmers ' debts to Jewish creditors , elimination
of taxes ...
The Germans forced various classes of people — tradesmen , businessmen ,
farmers , workers — to vote motions and sign declarations against the Soviet
Union . Trade and professional associations were compelled to send anti - Soviet
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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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