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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The walls of the ghetto have not really separated the Jewish population from the Poles . The Polish and Jewish masses continue to fight together for common aims , just as they have fought for so many years in the past .
had occurred elsewhere — still believed it " unthinkable ” that the Nazis would attempt to liquidate their ghetto , the largest in Poland . Bundists talked about maintaining a " psychological self - defense " and waiting for the Allied ...
The only thing which could have been achieved by the possession of more and particularly of heavy arms would have been the inflicting of greater losses upon the German forces in the ghetto . ” 95 It would have been unreasonable to have ...
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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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