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Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947

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ISBN-10: 0786403713
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"[of] permanent value is Piotrowski's effort to make clear this dark and murky field as well as make more comprehensible the controversies pertaining to the last 100 years of East Central European history" -- periphery

"a clear, detailed textbook on Poland's Holocaust.... The book is an excellent source for students, as well as a valuable resource on Polish history...a must" -- News of Poland

"a valuable contribution" -- The Sarmatian Review

"an excellent book" -- Polish American Journal

"extensive index, table of abbreviations, appendix, and profuse documentation. All college and public libraries" -- Choice

"fills the gap" -- C&RL News

"impressive research...painstakingly relates how each ethnic group behaved" -- Polis Library News

About the Author

A native of Volhynia, Tadeusz Piotrowski and his family lived under both the Soviet and the German occupations of Poland's eastern territories until August 1943. He is a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester where he received the Distinguished Professor Award for 1996-97. He is also the author of Vengeance of the Swallows (1995, winner of the Cultural Achievement Award from the American Council for Polish Culture).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 451 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786403713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786403714
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking for a comprehensive overview of the atrocities committed on Polish territory during the 1939 to 1945 period you could not do too much better than Piotrowski's book. Those that don't like it (see above) are not interested in the facts coming out. The German's were not the only group committing atrocities and this book meticulously sets out the full narrative. My mother and father both lived through these times and were witness to many of these events. My mother was deported to Kazakhstan by the Russians and her father was taken away and murdered. This is one of the few books that tackles this crime. Much like the murder of Polish officers at Katyn woods which the Russians recently ackowledged, the Soviet "ethnic cleansing" of eastern Poland is a story that is slowly emerging from unneath the fog of Communist lies and deception. For those researching this topic Allen Paul's 1991 book, "Katyn-Stalin's Massacre and the Seeds of Polish Resurrection" is also a "must have".
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This book has everything! If you think, for instance, that Poles refuse to ever admit any wrongdoing, you will be disappointed, as Piotrowski has an entire chapter on Polish collaborators (along with corresponding chapters on the collaborators of other nationalities). He also discusses the genocidal murder of some 100,000 innocent Polish civilians by the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) during World War 2. To say that this was a "war of liberation" of "Ukrainian lands" from "Polish colonialism" is a falsification of history. Fact is, these lands have had a mixed Polish-Ukrainian population for centuries, if not from antiquity. And to say that this was retaliation for the treatment of Ukrainians in interwar Poland is ludicrous in the extreme. In fact, the grand total of Ukrainian nationalists put to death during Polish rule (for acts of murder) comes out to a grand total of 29. And acts of Polish discrimination against individual Ukrainians have no moral or tactical parallel whatsoever with the systematic murder of 100,000 Polish civilians by Ukrainian fascists.
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Piotrowski masterfully discusses and documents many topics usually avoided in traditional Holocaust education. These include: the collaboration of Jews with both Nazis and Communists, the murder of 3 million Polish gentiles by the Germans, and the deportation of 1.5 million Polish gentiles to Siberia by the Russians (where most of them died--not in gas chambers, but from disease and starvation). Must read for anyone interested in then FULL account of the Holocaust.
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Only that one book offers to full undesrstanding the different factors and all events related to Poland's Holocauts, which included Jews, Poles, Ukrainian and other nations. The "reasons" and vows to ethnical cleansing were shown very thoroughful. If you compare your "standard" knowledge taken from mass media to that one offered in the book, you'll find a big difference.
For me that book makes more sense to understand events of that time. Too bad that this book is out of print !
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As in his other works, the author describes the terror in wartime SE Poland. The area's volatility was sown after the First World War. Poland - back again after the Partitions - had to fight for its freedom against the Red Army. The Ukranians could have thrown in their lot with Poland against the bigger threat, but the concept of 'my enemy's enemy is my friend' was too touchy-feely for the all or nothing hardliners among the Ukranian leadership. The Poles beat the Russians who beat the Ukranians, so what a surprise the land was divided between the two. To describe this as colonialism is incredible ignorance! And pathetic! This was the country that had been MIA for over a century! Siding with the Nazis is understandable, as for the Ukranians the Russians were the real enemy. The inhumane zeal they applied is quite a another matter. He who sides with monsters does not have to become a monster...
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In my opinion, the main value of this book lies in its uncompromising debunking of the Holocaust propaganda which is so prevalent in many other treatments of this historical event. After reading Piotrowski's lucid, grounded in facts presentation, no sane person can believe in the "Polish complicity" in the Holocaust, or in the total innocence of the Polish Jewish minority. This book should be made required reading for the Holocaust studies everywhere in the world.
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If you are prepared to learn little-known facts about the Holocaust, and on World War II in general, this book is for you. If, however, you are comfortable with stereotypes, this book is NOT for you.
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