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SOLD: Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945 Hardcover

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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
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.
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813125596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813125596
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
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. 
During World War II, Hollywood studios supported the war effort by making patriotic movies designed to raise the nation's morale. They often portrayed the combatants in very simple terms: Americans and their allies were heroes, and everyone else was a villain. Norway, France, Czechoslovakia, and England were all good because they had been invaded or victimized by Nazi Germany. Poland, however, was represented in a negative light in numerous movies. In Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945, M. B. B. Biskupski draws on a close study of prewar and wartime films such as To Be or Not to Be (1942), In Our Time (1944), and None Shall Escape (1944). He researched memoirs, letters, diaries, and memoranda written by screenwriters, directors, studio heads, and actors to explore the negative portrayal of Poland during World War II. Biskupski also examines the political climate that influenced Hollywood films.

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