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The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943 : Ghetto, Underground, Revolt

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It took the Nazis longer to quell the Warsaw ghetto uprising than it had taken them to defeat entire countries. How could the Jews of Warsaw--starved and persecuted, their numbers decimated by mass deportations to concentration camps, with few weapons and no aid from outside the ghetto walls--stand up to the might of the Third Reich? To address this question, the author of The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943 looks beyond the ghetto uprising itself to consider the broader character of Jewish public life as it took shape during the occupation and ghettoization of what had been Europe's greatest Jewish urban centre. The book describes the growth and development of the resistance movement and armed struggle against the wider historical background and the development of clandestine communal activities in the ghetto. It makes use of extensive primary and secondary materials from Jewish, German, and Polish sources to throw light on critical events. The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943 is a massive scholarly undertaking, at once authentic, scrupulously objective, and deeply moving.show more

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  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 154.4 x 233.7 x 33.3mm | 830.09g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 22 b&w photos
  • 0253205115
  • 9780253205117
  • 1,044,856

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This work chronicles the struggle of Warsaw Jewry from the outbreak of World War II (September 1939) through the final and most tragic chapter in the history of the community--the armed Jewish uprising, the annihilation of the remnant Jewish community, and the destruction of the traditional Jewish sector of the city (April-May 1943).show more

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"The best recent book on the Warsaw ghetto is Yisrael Gutman's The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943." Commentary "This scrupulously objective and fully documented work chronicles the struggle of the Jews of Warsaw from the outbreak of the war on September 1, 1939 through the crushing of the revolt in May 1943... admirable and convincing." American Historical Review "The book covers the subject as no other volume has hitherto - and is unlikely ever to be surpassed... an enduring monument." Times Literary Supplement "Yisrael Gutman has written the definitive work on the tragic-heroic history of the Warsaw Ghetto. It is detailed, well-organized, yet personal and engaging." Arnold Krammer, Texas A & M, The Journal of Military Historyshow more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction Part One: Ghetto 1. The First Months of the Nazi Occupation; 2. The Establishment of the Ghetto; 3. The Warsaw Ghetto Part Two: Underground 4. The Political Underground in the Warsaw Ghetto; 5. Prelude to the Mass Deportation; 6. The Fateful Deportation; 7. The Ghetto Underground during the Deportation and the Establishment of the Jewish Fighting Organization (Z.O.B.); 8. The Polish Response to the Liquidation of Warsaw Jewry; 9. The Remnant of the Ghetto until January 1943 Part Three: Revolt 10. The Movement toward Combat: Mid-September 1942-January 17, 1943; 11. The Second Aktion: January 18-22, 1943; 12. The Remnant of the Ghetto from January to April 1943; 13. The Jewish Fighting Organization Prepares for the Revolt; 14. Days of Battle; 15. Repercussions of the Revolt Notes; Sources; Bibliography; Indexshow more

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