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Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 752 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published October 1st 2013)
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Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
The numbers beggar belief. Of a prewar population of 1.3 million, 150,000 civilians and 18,000 underground soldier killed, and this is excluding 400,000 Jews who were sent to their deaths from 1939-43.

The remainder were forced from their homes into concentration camps and forced labour camps as Warsaw was demolished brick by brick on Hitler's orders, leaving a few thousand hiding amongst the ruins awaiting the Soviets.

Alexandra Ritchie weaves together the gripping and horrific story of one of t
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Peter
Alexandra Richie is a Warsawian via Oxford University. She has taken on a tragic tale of a city’s unnecessary destruction and its nation’s unwilling demise. Her love of Warsaw and of Poland shines through this disturbing history of the 1944 Uprising against the German occupation of Warsaw.

Poland has long been a hot potato between Germany and Russia. Until its post-WWI independence Poland had been sliced and diced by Russia, Austria-Hungary, and other European countries, and immediately on its f
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Daniel Kukwa
This volume is up there with the best of Margaret Macmillan & Doris Kearns Goodwin. This is an extraordinary work of scholarship, that manages to explore an enormous amount of detail, while never losing the ability to tell one of the most harrowing, tragic, and important events of World War II with straightforward simplicity. If you're Polish, like myself, then this fills in enormous gaps in an already heart-rending tale. If you're coming to this event fresh, having only heard of it as a bac ...more
Drew Zagorski
The indomitable Polish spirit... As a person of Polish descent, I've always been proud of my heritage. I am even more so after reading Warsaw 1944. This was a pretty intense read as it delivered countless graphic scenes. But Richie brought the struggle to life, and while the book was nearly 700 pages, it was difficult to put it down. She really places you in the scene with firsthand accounts and detail. The will of the people of Warsaw was something to behold, and you couldn't help but wish that ...more
John
A compelling, graphic, and terrifying account of Warsaw at the peak of her destruction by the Nazis in 1944. An insane Hitler and his equally mad minions let loose on the innocent citizens of Warsaw where murder, rape, looting, and the total annihilation of the city was the rule of the day. The insurgent underground Polish Army tries to fight this enemy, but with little help from the Allies, and none from the nearby Soviets, her days are tragically numbered. This is a well-researched text using ...more
Michael
Brilliant writing and somber reading will give you some sleepless nights.
I love historical accounts and this book is so raw and visceral in its accounts
it will give you some unrest. Gripping from start to finish. Not to be read if
you are uneasy with violence, this book is very graphic and took me quite some
time to finish because of the violence , but it is a book that should be read.
Edward Newman
A concise, compelling history of Warsaw and it's travails under the German onslaught made in response to the August 1944 uprising. Upsetting and sometimes graphic, but one begins to grasp Poland's self-image of the "Christ of Nations", given the heights of its pre-war achievements and the depths of its misery. The personalities behind the fight are fascinating and sometimes terrifying.
Cwelshhans
I appreciated the level of detail provided about individuals, but it felt disorganized and, in places, unduly biased, which was frustrating because the facts of this story more than speak for themselves.
Jennifer
What I need: A stiff drink. Every time you think you've heard everything horrendous that happened in WWII, there's more. What I didn't need: More than one Carthage analogy.
DROPPING OUT
A gut-wrenching read. Perhaps as difficult to read as Snyder's Bloodlands..

I hate to niggle, definitely five stars for the book, but four for the editing.
Peter Podbielski
A compelling and beautifully written work of the Warsaw Uprising. An essential tome to every library of 20th century history.
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