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The Warsaw Uprising of 1944
Wlodzimierz Borodziej
Translated by Barbara Harshav

"The most objective recounting yet of the ill-fated 1944 Warsaw Uprising of Polish resistance fighters."—Focus

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 dramatically tells the largely unknown story of the Warsaw resistance movement during World War II. Desperate to free themselves from German military oppression but also hoping to show the advancing Soviets that they could not impose easy rule upon the citizens of Warsaw, the Poles launched an almost hopeless attack against the Germans on August 1, 1944.

Wlodzimierz Borodziej presents an evenhanded account of what is commonly considered the darkest chapter in Polish history during World War II. In only sixty-three days, the Germans razed Warsaw to the ground and 200,000 people, mostly civilians, lost their lives. The resulta heroic and historically pivotal turning pointmeant that the Poles would lose both their capital and an entire generation. This concise account of the traumalittle known to English-speaking readerswill appeal to anyone interested in the history of World War II in general and is a must-read for students of Polish history in particular.

"An extremely readable book."Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wlodzimierz Borodziej is professor of history at Warsaw University and the author of a number of books dealing with German-Polish topics. The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 is his first book available in English.

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Cover of The Warsaw Uprising is black and red with a photo of a shell-torn Polish flag.

June 2006
LC: 2005010202 D
196 pp.    6 x 9
7 b/w photos, 1 map

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ISBN 978-0-299-20730-4
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