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Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945


Here's another book I read:

Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945 
M.B.B. Biskupski 

I just finished reading M.B.B. Biskupski's "Hollywood's War with Poland 1939-1945", which details how both Hollywood and Washington deliberately treated Poland with great contempt during World War ll. (Personally I think this cruel and misguided portrayal of Poland continues to the present day and is very unsettling to Poles everywhere, but that's another matter.)

Biskupski considers three reasons for the maltreatment of Poland and the Polish fight for freedom during the War and explores each in great
Product Details
Pub. Date: July 2010
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Sales Rank: 866,947
ISBN-13: 9780813125596
ISBN: 0813125596

Whereas Biskupski does not feel there was an actual conspiracy against the Poles, he does feel there was "a tradition in American films to ignore Poland and to treat Poles in America with disdain and inattention" (pp.229-230). 

M. B. B. Biskupski, Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish History at Central Connecticut State University, is the author of many publications, including The Polish Diaspora, Heart of the Nation.

1. Washington was more interested in accommodating Soviet interests than helping Poland because the huge Soviet military machine was needed to defeat Nazi Germany. Helping Poland would anger Stalin and jeopardize an Allied victory.
2. Hollywood was heavily populated by Jews who were very unsympathetic to Poland. Pre-war relations between Christian Poles and Polish Jews were very strained. "For Christian Poles, Jews were all Communists; for Jews, Christian Poles were all anti-Semites. This is not a relationship; it is a disaster." (p.215)
3. Hollywood and American culture in general had historically been uncongenial to Polish immigrants and the Polish American community was still too weak to effectively promote Polish interests. 
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