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Hollywood and the American Poles during the War

M. B. B. Biskupski

in Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.003.0008
Hollywood and the American Poles during the War

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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

Chapter.  13437 words. 

Subjects: Film

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