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Author Richie, Alexandra, author.
Title Warsaw 1944 : Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw uprising / Alexandra Richie.
Published New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
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 Floor2  D765.2.W3 R53 2013    IN LIBRARY
Edition First American edition.
Description 738 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Note "Originally published in 2013 by William Collins ... as Warsaw 1944 : the fateful uprising"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 657-715) and index.
Contents Byelorussian prelude -- To the very gates of Warsaw -- Ostpolitik -- Reistance -- The uprising begins -- 'Himmler has won' -- The massacre in Wola -- The fate of Ochota -- 'Mountains of corpses' -- Hitler's war against the old town -- The Allies, Hitler, and the Battle for Czerniaków -- The end game.
Summary In 1943, the Nazis liquidated Warsaw's Jewish ghetto. A year later, they threatened to complete the city's destruction by deporting its remaining residents. A sophisticated and cosmopolitan community a thousand years old was facing its final days--and then opportunity struck. As Soviet soldiers turned back the Nazi invasion of Russia and began pressing west, the underground Polish Home Army decided to act. Taking advantage of German disarray and seeking to forestall the absorption of their country into the Soviet empire, they chose to liberate the city of Warsaw for themselves. " Warsaw 1944" tells the story of this brave, and errant calculation. For more than sixty days, the Polish fighters took over large parts of the city and held off the SS's most brutal forces. But in the end, their efforts were doomed. Scorned by Stalin and unable to win significant support from the Western Allies, the Polish Home Army was left to face the full fury of Hitler, Himmler, and the SS. The crackdown that followed was among the most brutal episodes of history's most brutal war, and the celebrated historian Alexandra Richie depicts this tragedy in riveting detail. Using a rich trove of primary sources, Richie relates the terrible experiences of individuals who fought in the uprising and perished in it. Her clear-eyed narrative reveals the fraught choices and complex legacy of some of World War II's most unsung heroes.
Subject Warsaw (Poland) -- History -- Uprising, 1944.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland.
Poland -- History -- 1918-1945.
ISBN 0374286558 hardback
9780374286552 hardback
OCLC number 864683441