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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In view of the state of relations between Poland and the Soviet Union , especially
after the Katyń affair in April 1943 , the AK had no regular communication links
with the Russians . Even when diplomatic relations existed between the two ...
Obviously Michener appreciated more than his reviewer that Polish - Jewish
relations did not revolve exclusively around anti - Semitism , or in the Jewish
case , Polonophobia , and that Poles and Jews lived more in harmony and
Foreign Relations of the United States : Diplomatic Papers , 1939 . Vol . 1 ,
General . Vol . 2 , General , the British Commonwealth and Europe . Washington ,
D . C . : G . P . O . , 1956 . - . Foreign Relations of the United States : Diplomatic ...
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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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