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    "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Hello, I would like to understand from you what the sentence "The Jews merely hovered around its margins" means(what is the meaning):
    "To the Poles, it was a war between Poland and Germany, and the Jews merely hovered around its margins".

    Source: Double Memory: Poles and Jews after the holocaust/Piotr Wrobel.


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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Hello, I would like to understand from you what the sentence "The Jews merely hovered around its margins" means(what is the meaning):
    "To the Poles, it was a war between Poland and Germany, and the Jews merely hovered around its margins".

    Source: Double Memory: Poles and Jews after the holocaust/Piotr Wrobel.
    The author is asserting that Poles didn't think much about how Jews were affected by the war. I can tell you from close family experience that many surviving Poles somehow blamed the few surviving Jews for the devastation. I hope Wrobel discusses what happened to survivors who laboriously made it back from the camps to the place they had previously considered their home.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 14-Dec-2016 at 20:13. Reason: Insert missing verb.
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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The author is asserting that Poles didn't think much about how Jews were affected by the war. I can you from close family experience that many surviving Poles somehow blamed the few surviving Jews for the devastation. I hope Wrobel discusses what happened to survivors who laboriously made it back from the camps to the place they had previously considered their home.
    Thank you for your answer. And what that means: "merely hovered around its margins"?


    Thanks again.
    Last edited by captain1; 14-Dec-2016 at 20:46.

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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Thank you for your answer. And what does this that means: "merely hovered around its margins"?
    It means that, from the perspective of the Poles, the Jews did not participate directly in the war.
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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    They were not central to it in this view.

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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Which war was he refering to? It's interesting that he thinks getting murdered is a form of hovering around the margins.
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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Which war was he refering to? It's interesting that he thinks getting murdered is a form of hovering around the margins.
    The author was writing about the Poles' attitude towards the Jews after WWII. I wouldn't try to glean anything about his own attitudes from a one-sentence quotation.

    I don't know much about specific incidents my mother and grandmother encountered when they returned to Poland, but my mother wrote about how hostile many of the Poles were. She had expected they'd settle back home in Poland; instead, they got out as quickly as they could.
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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The author was writing about the Poles' attitude towards the Jews after WWII. I wouldn't try to glean anything about his own attitudes from a one-sentence quotation.

    I don't know much about specific incidents my mother and grandmother encountered when they returned to Poland, but my mother wrote about how hostile many of the Poles were. She had expected they'd settle back home in Poland; instead, they got out as quickly as they could.
    Who wouldn't?!

    It's also interesting that he says the Poles thought it was a war between Poland and Germany.
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    Re: "The Jews merely hovered around its margins"

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It's also interesting that he says the Poles thought it was a war between Poland and Germany.
    It was, for Poland. And, for a couple of days, the Poles were the sole combatants in the war against Germany.

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