The forgotten Holocaust: the Poles under German occupation, 1939-1944
Since its first publication in 1986, this book has become a classic of World War II literature. As Norman Davies notes in his foreword to this edition, "Dr. Richard Lukas has rendered a valuable service, by showing that no one can properly analyze the fate of one ethnic community in occupied Poland without referring to the fates of others. In this sense, The Forgotten Holocaust is a powerful corrective." The revised edition includes a short history of ZEGOTA, the underground government organization working to save the Jews, and an annotated listing of many Poles executed by the Germans for trying to shelter and save Jews.
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Even children under sixteen years of age were vulnerable to the death penalty for
making anti-German statements or simply demonstrating what the Germans
described as a "hostile mentality." A Pole could and often was shot for not making
The consequence of his death was a flood of arrests and twenty-one executions
of Polish hostages by the Germans. The assassinations of Sym and other well-
known collaborators by the underground did not always meet with the approval of
Moreover, the Directorate of Civil Resistance only controlled civil underground
courts; the ZWZ/AK also condemned people to death and executed a very large
number of them. In addition, a large number of informers were liquidated by ...
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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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