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 FOUR CIVILIAN RESISTANCE AND COLLABORATION Civilian
resistance to the Germans was widespread and involved virtually the entire
Polish population . Every Pole was expected to follow a code of conduct in
dealing with the ...
Little wonder that the Poles distrusted subsequent German offers concerning
evacuation of civilians and the initiation of surrender talks . On their part the Poles
summarily executed all SS and police men . If an SS man knew he was fated to
On September 29 , Bór sent an envoy to the Germans with the object of
discussing the evacuation of civilians . By September 30 , Bór gave up hope of a
reply from the Russians and ordered the surrender of Żoliborz . Meanwhile a
cease fire ...
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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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The Polish Government and the Origins of the Underground
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