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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Tadeusz Piotrowski Poland’s Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918–1947

Tadeusz Piotrowski Poland’s Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918–1947

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(p.499) Tadeusz Piotrowski Poland’s Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918–1947
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15
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Gwido Zlatkes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.003.0040

This chapter argues that the merit and importance of Tadeusz Piotrowski’s Poland’s Holocaust lie in the fact that all of the principal actors in the tragedy are gathered together in one book. The book reminds us that what happened between 1939 and 1945 on the territory of pre-war Poland involved the actions of seven parties (rather than two or three, as indicated in most historical monographs on the subject): Germany, the Soviet Union, the Poles, the Jews, the Lithuanians, the Belarusians, and the Ukrainians. The book’s fundamental flaw is that it fails to draw a balanced picture of their interrelations; rather it defends the cause of one of them, and this results in one-sidedness. The book offers little new material, relying mainly on secondary sources. One of the book’s main defensive weapons is deflection.

Keywords:   Tadeusz Piotrowski, Poland’s Holocaust, book review, ethnic strife, genocide, pre-war Poland

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