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Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This riveting memoir, a primary source for the NBC miniseries Uprising, tells the story of the Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto who defy the Nazis against impossible odds. Kazik (played by Stephen Moyer in the film) and his fellow Jews smuggle in arms and explosives, perform acts of resistance, hold off the Nazi army for almost a month, and rescue the few su ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 11th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published June 1st 1994)
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Jan 11, 2008 Dani rated it really liked it
This is the last book I finished before the end of the year. It was interesting. The author is a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. His experience indicated one means of survival (and resistance) involved extortion and other tough guy tactics. Made for a more three dimensional portrait of survival as opposed to some of the impressions you get of survivors as saints or victims.
Dec 30, 2013 Talcott rated it it was amazing
Rating holocaust-resistance memoirs with Yellow stars on goodreads is ...complicated? Mildly inappropriate even? I give this book 5 yellow stars. It deserves them. Heavens knows.

I have read 100's of memoirs of survivors. Each story is unique. Each voice integral to historical accounting of the devastation and trauma wreaked by institutional fascism.

Yet for all of the voices i have listened to, Reading 'Kazik's' account was an entirely new kind of tone to me. One that sought to recount events m
An interesting account from a soldier's point of view of what happened in Warsaw, at least during the second ghetto uprising, and how the ZOB operated afterward in Warsaw. It is not a smoothly written book as it was mostly ghostwritten, I think, from interviews with Rotem. One fascinating aspect of his story is that his family was comparatively lightly affected by Nazi persecution because of their Aryan looks. Another is that Rotem and his colleagues preyed quite a bit themselves on other Jews t ...more
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This book was very sad and moving. If you are looking for a book that has drama suspense and amazing writing this is not the story for you. Even though Kazik is not the best writer, his story is one worth reading. Kazik informs the reader of a persons death when they are introduced. He is not looking to tell a compelling story of heroics and romance, but the true account of heroic events. The end results of his true accounts are shocking and heart ripping.
The title of this book is a bit deceptive; its not really about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but instead is about the experience of the author from pre-war Poland through to the Soviet liberation, and his immigration to Israel. The bits about the politics of the insurgent groups, and the relationships between them, is quite interesting. The writing is quite dry and matter-of-fact, however, and there seems to be little existentialist exploration into the meaning of the events recounted. They read ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok
The value of this book lies in the fact that it is a primary source for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Jewish resistance against the Nazis in WWII. Otherwise, it's just not that engaging. The narrative is plain and incoherent, detail is inconsistent, and it has a off-hand quality to it. Nothing against Kazik, who is unquestionably a hero and an admirable man whose deeds speak for themselves, but he is no historian and no writer.
Sep 11, 2011 Martinxo rated it it was amazing
A heroic memoir of a Jewish partisan fighter in and around Warsaw. The courage and spirit of Simha Rotem and his young comrades in confronting and fighting the Nazis is inspiring.
Sep 26, 2008 Joyce rated it it was amazing
This book made you open your eyes to your problems.
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