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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Alcoholism was such a problem that the Polish underground railed against it in
several issues of the clandestine press and destroyed illicit stills . Obviously ,
alcoholism could not be tolerated among officers and officials of the ZWZIAK and
110 The Council for Aid to Jews ( Rada Pomocy Zydom ) , which used the
cryptonym Zegota , also appealed to underground authorities to do all they could
to combat the problem and created a separate branch of its organization to ...
117 The problems that had to be overcome in investigating blackmailers and
bringing them to justice were not easy ... 18 The problem of informing on and
blackmailing Jews and the Poles who helped Jewish people was a serious one ,
but it ...
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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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