I just edited and published a declassified CIA report written in 1941 by Thaddeus Chylinski, the American Vice Consul in Warsaw from 1920-1941. This 110-page report was written by Chylinski when he returned to the United States in the fall of 1941 and provided numerous details describing the desperate situation in Poland. It is perhaps the most objective and unbiased report you will ever read and documents that our government and allies had an accurate description of Germany’s takeover in Poland.
“Poland Under Nazi Rule” will be of great interest to anyone interested in WWII, Poland’s History, and the Holocaust.
The book was released on Jan 1, 2019, and the Kindle version will be available throughout the month of January 2019 for just $.99. It is also available as a 6×9 paperback. Follow this Amazon link:
The chapter headings include:
Poland Under Nazi Rule (The Germans Take Possessions and Behavior of Regular Troops.)
Terror (Round-ups and mass arrests, Individual Arrests, Arrests of Women and Girls, Mass Executions, Hostages, List of Prominent Persons who Died in Prisons or Concentration Camps, The Poles Protest, Confiscation of Property)
Condition of the People (General Condition of the Cultured, Working and Peasant Class)
Minorities (The Jewish Problem, German Ukrainian Relations in Poland, Russians, Americans, other neutrals, and Italians, French Nationals, The Georgians.)
Economic Conditions (Fuel, Food, Packages from Portugal, Clothing, Relief Activities, American Relief, Medical Supplies, Relief Among Jews)
Polish Industries Under German Occupation (Damages due to Military Operation, Policy with Regard to Polish Industries, Lists of Former Industrials Plants included in the German War Industry System, German Control over Polish Industries, Employment of Poles in the German WAr Industries in Poland, Control of Iron, steel and other metals, Expansion of Germany’s War Industries in Poland.
Communication and Transportation (Railways, Postal System, Telegraph)
Authorities in the General Government (The General Government, The Gestapo, Polish Police Force, The Emissions Bank)
Education-Science-Art (Education, The Press, The Theatre, Art, Music)
Warsaw After Two Year of German Occupation (Extent of Damages and Repairs, Losses in People, Present Population of Warsaw, Transportation, General Aspect of the City)
The Underground (Organization and Activities, the “V” Campaign, Acts of Violence, General Opinion in Poland regarding the Political Situation)
The Russo German War
British Intelligence in the General Government
The cover is a photo of a gun hidden within a carved out area of a book used by someone in the Polish Underground (Armia Krajowa.) The photo was taken at the Museum of the Armia Krajowa in Krakow.
Readers may also be interested in a helpful book I released this fall “Travel Back to Your Polish Roots.” The books details how to begin the necessary genealogy research for Polish immigrants and then how to jump across the pond to find not only your ancestors’ records but hopefully family in Poland! I began that journey about six years ago and have discovered and then visited my newly discovered cousins. They liked me well enough to invite me back this past May to stay in their home! The book will also help you with advice on planning travel and some unique ideas for visiting Poland’s wonderful sites. Poland has it all! It is also available on Amazon.com.
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Read this book today…..interesting narrative.
Hard to believe it was written more than 75 years ago……and that it remained secret until 2001 ! What’s that about ?!
I found the section on the Russians and post-war politics (page 144)
very prescient …..