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:

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Hollywood in World War II displayed a perfect combination for the woeful depiction of Poland. The fact that absolutely no one publicly known as Polish existed in wartime Hollywood discloses both the defensiveness of the Poles in America and their insignificance. American Poles deserve considerable blame for their failure to defend their nationality's reputation more devotedly. By 1939, it was a tradition in American film to ignore Poland and to treat the Poles in the United States with disdain or inattention. The brief Hollywood interest in the ethnic mosaic of America was rapidly fading by 1939, and thereafter, national unity in the face of external threat prevented the emergence of a renewed interest in ethnic heterogeneity. There was no conspiracy against Poland in wartime America, in part because none was needed. America, in general, was not concerned with Poland. The Poles in America were insignificant. Hollywood—for whatever reason—had never shown any interest in depicting the Poles.

Keywords: Hollywood; World War II; Poland; American Poles; film; ethnic heterogeneity; United States

Chapter.  848 words. 

Subjects: Film

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