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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73 The reluctance of German teachers from the Reich to settle in these lands was
so strong that many were forced to immigrate . 74 There was also a great deal of
ignorance among prospective German colonists . For instance , many had no ...
Sometimes the authorities forcibly removed a child from the family if the parents
had been arrested , deported to a concentration camp , or forced to labor in
Germany ; in these cases , children were taken away even if they lived with
The Germans selected the youngest Polish prisoners at Buchenwald and forced
them to administer the hangings of their kinsmen . 148 As the war dragged on
and German casualties mounted , the Germans forced thousands of Poles into
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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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