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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... and its political and military representatives in Poland to which the Polish
Communists would subordinate themselves . ... the Polish government - in - exile
as Poland ' s “ external ” representative , but they would not recognize the Riga
Representatives of Polish Jews in the Soviet Union believed that Anders and Kot
sought to restrain extremist elements in the army who wanted to divide Jews and
Poles , and they applauded Anders ' s efforts to organize a single Polish army ...
We should not be chauvinists — not only Jews suffer and perish , ” a Bund
representative declared . “ Thousands of Poles are also led to their deaths . " The
representative of the conservative Agudah Israel proclaimed faith as the solution
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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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