The Warsaw Uprising of 1944

Overview

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 dramatically tells the largely unknown story of the Warsaw resistance movement during World War II. Desperate to free themselves from German military oppression but also hoping to show the advancing Soviets that they could not impose easy rule upon the citizens of Warsaw, the Poles launched an almost hopeless attack against the Germans on August 1, 1944.

    Wlodzimierz Borodziej presents an evenhanded account of what is commonly considered the darkest chapter in ...

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Overview

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 dramatically tells the largely unknown story of the Warsaw resistance movement during World War II. Desperate to free themselves from German military oppression but also hoping to show the advancing Soviets that they could not impose easy rule upon the citizens of Warsaw, the Poles launched an almost hopeless attack against the Germans on August 1, 1944.

    Wlodzimierz Borodziej presents an evenhanded account of what is commonly considered the darkest chapter in Polish history during World War II. In only sixty-three days, the Germans razed Warsaw to the ground and 200,000 people, mostly civilians, lost their lives. The result—a heroic and historically pivotal turning point—meant that the Poles would lose both their capital and an entire generation. This concise account of the trauma—little known to English-speaking readers—will appeal to anyone interested in the history of World War II in general and is a must-read for students of Polish history in particular.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299207304
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Wlodzimierz Borodziej is professor of history at Warsaw University and the author of a number of books dealing with German-Polish topics. The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 is his first book available in English.

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Table of Contents

1 Occupation and resistance 14
2 The "Polish question" : 1939-1944 24
3 Planning the uprising and first attempt of transition 36
4 The dress rehearsal : Lwow, Lublin, Vilnius 53
5 On the way to the decision : July 20-31, 1944 61
6 Attack and mass murder 74
7 Refusal from Moscow 87
8 German counteroffensive and battle for the old city 96
9 In the shadow of the old city : Center, Mokotow, and Zoliborz in August 107
10 September : struggle for surrender 114
11 The civilian population 129
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