Polish-Jewish Relations During the Second World War

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ISBN 978-0-8101-0963-6
Publication Date
November 1992
Page Count
330 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Polish-Jewish Relations During the Second World War

Emmanuel Ringelblum

A man of towering intellectual accomplishment and extraordinary tenacity, Emmanuel Ringelblum devoted his life to recording the fate of his people at the hands of the Germans. Convinced that he must remain in the Warsaw Ghetto to complete his work, and rejecting an invitation to flee to refuge on the Aryan side, Ringelbaum, his wife, and their son were eventually betrayed to the Germans and killed.

This book represents Ringelbaum's attempt to answer the questions he knew history would ask about the Polish people: what did the Poles do while millions of Jews were being led to the stake? What did the Polish underground do? What did the Government-in-Exile do? Was it inevitable that the Jews, looking their last on this world, should have to see indifference or even gladness on the faces of their neighbors? These questions have haunted Polish-Jewish relations for the last fifty years. Behind them are forces that have haunted Polish-Jewish relations for a thousand years.

About the Author

Emanuel Ringelblum (November 21, 1900–March 10, 1944) was a Polish historian, politician and social worker, known for his Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto, Notes on the Refugees in Zbaszyn chronicling the deportation of Jews from the town of Zbaszyn, and the so-called Ringelblum's Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto.


"[Ringelblum's] archive is the major and most comprehensive source of documentation on Polish Jewry during the Holocaust in general and in Warsaw in particular." —Yad Vashem