The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943: Ghetto, Underground, Revolt

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Indiana University Press, 1989 - History - 512 pages
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It took the Nazis longer to quell the Warsaw ghetto uprising than it had taken them to defeat entire countries. How could the Jews of Warsaw—starved and persecuted, their numbers decimated by mass deportations to concentration camps, with few weapons and no aid from outside the ghetto walls—stand up to the might of the Third Reich? To address this question, the author of The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1943 looks beyond the ghetto uprising itself to consider the broader character of Jewish public life as it took shape during the occupation and ghettoization of what had been Europe's greatest Jewish urban center. The book describes the growth and development of the resistance movement and armed struggle against the wider historical background and the development of clandestine communal activiies in the ghetto. It makes use of extensive primary and secondary materials from Jewish, German, and Polish sources to throw light on critical events. The Jews of Warsawy, 1939-1943 is a massive scholarly undertaking, at once authentic, scrupulously objective, and deeply moving.

  

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Contents

The First Months of the Nazi Occupation
3
The Establishment of the Ghetto
48
The Warsaw Ghetto
62
The Political Underground in the Warsaw Ghetto
119
Prelude to the Mass Deportation
155
The Fateful Deportation
197
The Ghetto Underground during the Deportation and
228
The Polish Response to the Liquidation of Warsaw Jewry
250
January 1822 1943 37
307
The Remnant of the Ghetto from January to April 1943
324
The Jewish Fighting Organization Prepares for the Revolt
336
Days of Battle
364
Repercussions of the Revolt
401
Notes
431
Sources
469
Index
477

The Remnant of the Ghetto until January 1943
268

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About the author (1989)

Yitzhak Arad has written numerous books including "The Pictorial History of the Holocaust," Yisrael Gutman is a coeditor of "Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp," Abraham Margaliot taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Introducer Steven T. Katz is a professor of religion and the director of the Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University.

Friedman is a translator, journalist, and editor.

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