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Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945$
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M.B.B. Biskupski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125596

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.001.0001

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Hollywood and the American Poles during the War

Hollywood and the American Poles during the War

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(p.169) 7 Hollywood and the American Poles during the War
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Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945
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M. B. B. Biskupski

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.003.0008

By World War II, Hollywood had a long history of ignoring the Polish population of the United States or presenting them negatively. This, in part, reflected the unenviable position the Poles occupied in American society and consciousness in the decades before World War II. The Poles were among the “new immigrants” from eastern and southern Europe who had largely displaced the previous flow of arrivals from western Europe by late in the nineteenth century. Of this group the Poles were a significant number. Among the recent immigrants, only the Italians exceeded the Poles, and not by much. The Poles were far more numerous than any other group from Eastern Europe: many times the number of Czechs, Hungarians, and Balkan Slavs, and far more than the Russians, for example. For Hollywood, American Poles were essentially negative characters.

Keywords:   World War II, Hollywood, United States, Poles, new immigrants, Europe, American Poles

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