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Did Poles Fight in Ghetto Uprising? A Study of Polish Allies of Jewish Military Union

Author(s): August Grabski
Subject(s): History
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Warsaw ghetto; Jewish Military Union; Polish Popular Independence Action; resistance movement historiography

Summary/Abstract: The history of the Jewish Military Union (ŻZW) regarding its relations with the Polish underground has been subject to various manipulations. The author believes it is not possible to deny any aid from the group lead by Henryk Iwański alias Bystry for ŻZW although its involvement in the struggle in the ghetto during the April-May 1943 uprising should be ruled out. This is also proved by doccuments from the former Union of Fighters for Freedom and Democracy (ZboWiD). On the other hand, assistance to ŻZW from the Polish Popular Independence Action (Polska Niepodległościowa Akcja Ludowa - PLAN) headed by Cezary Szemley (Janusz Ketling-Szemley) is quite well documented. That assistance has so far been ignored or played down not only by the falsifiers from the Military Organisation – Security Cadres but also by Jewish historians, to name Chaim Lazar, Dawid Wdowiński or Marian Apfelbaum. Fresh light is shed on PLAN operations by documents from its commander’s private archives that have not been tapped so far.

  • Issue Year: 224/2007
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 422-434
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish