In the Shadow of the Polish Eagle

The Poles, the Holocaust and Beyond

  • Leo Cooper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Prologue: Poland Welcomes Back Survivors — May 1946

  3. The Polish Exile

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
  4. Before the Great Catastrophe (1918–39)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
  5. The Great Catastrophe (1939–44)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
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      Pages 85-124
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  6. Beyond the Great Catastrophe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 246-255

About this book


The behaviour of many Poles towards the Jewish population during the Nazi occupation of Poland has always been a controversial issue. Although the Poles are supposed not to have collaborated with the invaders, there is evidence to show that in respect of the Jewish population, the behaviour of many Poles, including members of the underground, was far from exemplary. Poland is also the only European country where Jews were being murdered after the end of the war and where strong anti-Semitic tendencies are still present. This book analyses this question in an historical context and attempts to offer an explanation for the phenomenon of Polish anti-Semitism during and after the end of the war. The work is based on recently uncovered documents as well as on personal accounts of witnesses to the events during the war.


Anti-Semitism Europe exile Holocaust Judaism nation Poland Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Authors and affiliations

  • Leo Cooper
    • 1
  1. 1.Contemporary Europe Research Centre and Centre for Russian and Euro-Asian StudiesUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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