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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8 Even after Poland's surrender , the Wehrmacht continued to take seriously Hitler's admonition of August 22 , 1939 , when he authorized killing “ without pity or mercy all men , women , and children of Polish descent or language .
The sallow - faced commander continued to enjoy the patronage of influential Nazis , and not even Guderian's attempt to get rid of Dirlewanger's unit , along with the Russians , did any good . Nor did Fegelein's confirmation that ...
By that time , Bór had departed somewhat from his policy of continued resistance . In the most desperate message he had sent London since the fall of Old Town , Bór made it unmistakeably clear that he was ready to surrender if powerful ...
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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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