- Hardcover: 437 pages
- Publisher: McFarland Publishing (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786403713
- ISBN-13: 978-0786403714
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,884,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"[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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Those readers who get upset that the word Holocaust can be expanded to non-Jewish victims should consider the following terms: Polonocaust or Polokaust.
One soon learns that members of ALL nationalities engaged in unsavory conduct in the face of the Nazi and Soviet oppressors. There are entire chapters on Jewish, Polish, Belorussian, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian collaboration. Prewar Polish-Jewish prejudices had been fully reciprocal (pp. 39-40).
Piotrowski provides considerable detail on the Poles deported by the Soviets into the interior of the USSR. He presents evidence for the large-scale nature of the Zydokomuna (Jewish-Communist collaboration against Poles) before (pp. 36-38), during (pp. 48-58), and immediately after WWII (pp. 58-65).
He addresses accusations, directed against the AK and NSZ, of having killed fugitive Jews. In some cases, it can be shown that these units weren't even in the areas at the time (p. 102). Other accusations aren't even nominally corroborated by knowledgeable Jews who were in the area at the time (p. 335). Piotrowski (p. 324) refutes Krakowski's argument that Bor-Komorowski's "anti-bandit" order had been a veiled order to kill fugitive Jews (p. 324). Finally, there were Jews serving openly in the ranks of the AK (including its elite; p. 335) and the NSZ (pp. 96-97).
Significantly, Piotrowski shows that many Jewish recollections were written decades after the events. They have a tendency of mixing up their personal experiences with what they heard or read about the Holocaust (p. 328).
Piotrowski includes TIME Magazine's 1994 "retraction" of its false Polonophobic statement that there had been many Poles in the SS (p. 321). He also presents intriguing evidence that the so-called Kielce Pogrom had been a Soviet-staged provocation (p. 141).
This book requires much in-depth study to appreciate fully!
For me that book makes more sense to understand events of that time. Too bad that this book is out of print !