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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CHAPTER SIX THE POLISH GOVERNMENT , THE HOME ARMY , AND THE JEWS The Polish government - inexile played a critical role during the war in alerting the western governments and public opinion concerning the plight of the Jews .
a in the Home Army had whispered to the Gisteds the day before it occurred to close up early because there was a full - scale alarm . On August 1 , German soldier came up to the part of the cafe where Mrs. Gisted had a small circulating ...
But they all wore the red and white Polish armband , the only item of dress common to all Home Army soldiers . 30 The moment the Poles had awaited for five years had arrived . “ The last seconds seemed like an eternity .
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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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