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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58 Both the Sikorski government and the ZWZIAK resisted sharing power with
political groups in Poland . Sikorski ' s initial reservations about strong political
leadership in Poland even prompted charges from the homeland that the exile ...
Throughout the evolution of the civilian - political and military components of the
Polish underground , there was a great deal of ambiguity as to where the real
locus of authority in Poland was located . The average Pole , dazed by the array
sistently meddled in Polish underground politics . Even Sikorski ' s own political
representative in Warsaw telegraphed him regarding this outside interference
and asked for “ a quick liquidation of this political nonsense . ” Świętochowski ' s ...
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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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