Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918–1947
About the Book
With the end of World War I, a new Republic of Poland emerged on the maps of Europe, made up of some of the territory from the first Polish Republic, including Wolyn and Wilno, and significant parts of Belarus, Upper Silesia, Eastern Galicia, and East Prussia. The resulting conglomeration of ethnic groups left many substantial minorities wanting independence.
The approach of World War II provided the minorities’ leaders a new opportunity in their nationalist movements, and many sided with one or the other of Poland’s two enemies—the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany—in hopes of achieving their goals at the expense of Poland and its people. Based on primary and secondary sources in numerous languages (including Polish, German, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Russian and English), this work examines the roles of the ethnic minorities in the collapse of the Republic and in the atrocities that occurred under the occupying troops. The Polish government’s response to mounting ethnic tensions in the prewar era and its conduct of the war effort are also examined.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: tables, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006 
Table of Contents
Tables and Maps xiv
1 Soviet Terror 7
2 Nazi Terror 21
3 Jewish Collaboration 35
4 Polish Collaboration 77
5 Belorussian Collaboration 143
6 Lithuanian Collaboration 159
7 Ukrainian Collaboration 177
Appendix: Documents 263
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Literary Award from the Polish Socio-Cultural Centre of the Polish Library in London
“extensive index, table of abbreviations, appendix, and profuse documentation. All college and public libraries”—Choice; “solid…informative…detailed…the author is to be commended for synthesizing an enormous amount of information…valuable”—Journal of European Area Studies; “most welcome…. Professor Piotrowski’s study is a journey of discovery, told in the restrained language of a scholar who is less concerned with espousing philosophical viewpoints than recreating as accurately as possible the roles of several ethnic groups in the atrocities committed during Poland’s occupation…a landmark study…essential”—New Horizon; “excellent”—Polish American Journal; “a valuable contribution”—The Sarmatian Review; “clear, detailed…excellent…valuable…a must”—News of Polonia; “impressive research…painstakingly relates how each ethnic group behaved”—Polish Library News; “[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.