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Jews-Officers in the Polish Armed Forces 1939-1945
by Benjamin Meirtchak
foreword by Sir Martin Gilbert
According to the
book’s author, nearly 200,000 Polish Jews fought against Nazi
Germany in the ranks of the Polish Armies on Polish soil and in exile.
They defended Poland in September 1939 against the German aggression
and they fought in the Polish Armies in exile. Despite the tremendous
Jewish military contribution to the Polish war efforts, the official
Polish historical bibliography of WWII ignores this Jewish phenomena.
The purpose of this book is to rectify this historical injustice and to
commemorate the Jewish Fighters in the struggle against Nazi Germany.
The book identifies
nearly 5,000 Polish-Jewish officers, giving their name, birth date,
military rank and service branch, and death circumstances when
applicable. Originally published by the Association of Jewish War
Veterans of Polish Armies in Israel.
8½" x 11" 300 pp. softcover $30.00
Foreword by Martin Gilbert iAcknowledgements iiiAuthor’s Introduction vMilestones of the Polish Struggle for Independence - Chronological Table 1Jews Fighting for Poland’s Independence: A Concise Historical Review 7Preface 9In the Second Republic 1918 - 1939 10The Second World War Begins - September 1939 15In the Polish Armed Forces in Exile 19 - The Polish Army in France 19 - The Independent Mountain Brigade in Norway 21 - The Independent Carpathian Gunners Brigade 21 - Anders Army formed in the USSR 23 - The Polish Army East - Second Polish Corps. The Italian Campaign 25 - The Polish Army West - The Polish Army in the United Kingdom 27The Polish Peoples Army formed in the USSR 29The Statistical Summary 33List No. 1:Jews - Officers in the Polish Army in the September 1939 Campaign 39List No. 2:Jews - Officers in the Polish Armed Forces in Exile 197List No. 3:Jews - Officers in the Polish Peoples Army 221List No. 4:Jewesses - Officers in the Polish Peoples Army 293Abbreviations 307Bibliography 311Author’s Farewell Words 315Excerpts from the reviews of the "Jewish Military Casualties in the Polish Armies in World War II" 317
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