Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World

Author: Jan Karski

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141968443

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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'Stands in the absolute first rank of books about the resistance in World War II. If you wish to read about a man more courageous and honourable than Jan Karski, I would have no idea who to recommend' Alan Furst It is 1939. Jan Karski, a brilliant young Polish student, enjoys a life of parties and pleasure. Then war breaks out and his familiar world is destroyed. Now he must live under a new identity, in the resistance. And, in a secret mission that could change the course of the war, he must risk his own life to try and save those of millions. 'Insistently asks the question: What would you do? Would you fight, or acquiesce, or collaborate? ... Karski was deeply patriotic and ludicrously brave ... an astonishing testament of survival' Ben Macintyre 'Karski's adventures are worthy of the wildest spy thriller' Daily Telegraph 'This eye-witness testimony is imbued with a passion that subsequent memoirs can rarely match' Financial Times 'Deeply moving' Daily Mail 'Reads like the screenplay to an incredibly exciting war movie - but it is all true' Andrew Roberts

Warsaw 1944

Author: Alexandra Richie

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466848472

Category: History

Page: 752

View: 9506


The full untold story of how one of history's bravest revolts ended in one of its greatest crimes 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.

The Holocaust: The Essential Reference Guide

Author: Paul R. Bartrop,Eve E. Grimm

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440877793

Category: History

Page: 400

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This volume showcases a detailed look at the multifaceted attempts by Germany's Nazi regime, together with its collaborators, to annihilate the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. Several introductory essays, along with a rich chronology, reference entries, primary documents, images, and a bibliography provide crucial information that readers will need in order to try to understand the Holocaust while undertaking research on that horrible event. This text looks not only at the history of the Holocaust, but also at examples of resistance (through armed violence, attempts at rescue, or the very act of survival itself); literary and cultural expressions that have attempted to deal with the Holocaust; the social and psychological implications of the Holocaust for today; and how historians and other have attempted to do justice to the memory of those killed and seek insight into why the Holocaust happened in the first place.

Remember This

Author: Clark Young,Derek Goldman

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 164712168X

Category: Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust

Page: 186

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Remember This tells the story of Holocaust witness Jan Karski, who risked his life to carry reports from war-torn Poland to the Allied nations and Oval Office. This play carries forward his legacy of bearing witness so others may follow his example to share the truth and fight for human rights.

Transnational Anti-Communism and the Cold War

Author: Stéphanie Roulin,Giles Scott-Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137388803

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 955


How was anti-communism organised in the West? This book covers the agents, aims, and arguments of various transnational anti-communist activists during the Cold War. Existing narratives often place the United States – and especially the CIA – at the centre of anti-communist activity. The book instead opens up new fields of research transnationally.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature

Author: Jenni Adams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441118098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 8005


The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature is a comprehensive reference resource including a wealth of critical material on a diverse range of topics within the literary study of Holocaust writing. At its centre is a series of specially commissioned essays by leading scholars within the field: these address genre-specific issues such as the question of biographical and historical truth in Holocaust testimony, as well as broader topics including the politics of Holocaust representation and the validity of comparative approaches to the Holocaust in literature and criticism. The volume includes a substantial section detailing new and emergent trends within the literary study of the Holocaust, a concise glossary of major critical terminology, and an annotated bibliography of relevant research material. Featuring original essays by: Victoria Aarons, Jenni Adams, Michael Bernard-Donals, Matthew Boswell, Stef Craps, Richard Crownshaw, Brett Ashley Kaplan and Fernando Herrero-Matoses, Adrienne Kertzer, Erin McGlothlin, David Miller, and Sue Vice.

Survivors

Author: Jadwiga Biskupska

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316515583

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 4303


Reveals the harrowing story of life in Warsaw under Nazi occupation and explores resistance to the regime by the Warsaw intelligentsia.

Filming the End of the Holocaust

Author: John J. Michalczyk

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472510372

Category: History

Page: 242

View: 3105


Filming the End of the Holocaust considers how the US Government commissioned the US Signal Corps and other filmmakers to document the horrors of the concentration camps during the April-May 1945 liberation. The evidence of the Nazis' genocidal actions amassed in these films, some of them made by Hollywood luminaries such as John Ford and Billy Wilder, would go on to have a major impact at the Nuremberg Trials; they helped to indict Nazi officials as the judges witnessed scenes of torture, human experimentation and extermination of Jews and non-Jews in the gas chambers and crematoria. These films, some produced by the Soviets, were integral to the war crime trials that followed the Holocaust and the Second World War, and this book provides a thorough, close analysis of the footage in these films and their historical significance. Using research carried out at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the US National Archives and the film collection at the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University, this book explores the rationale for filming the atrocities and their use in the subsequent trials of Nazi officials in greater detail than anything previously published. Including an extensive bibliography and filmography, Filming the End of the Holocaust is an important text for scholars and students of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Rescue, Relief, and Resistance

Author: Catherine Collomp

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814346219

Category: Social Science

Page: 364

View: 8899


How American labor leaders came to the rescue of political and Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.

A Cosmopolitan Jurisprudence

Author: Helge Dedek

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108841724

Category: Law

Page: 325

View: 6900


Inspired by comparative law scholar Patrick Glenn's work, an international group of legal scholars explores the state of the discipline.