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Poland
James A. Michener
0449205878
March 1990
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener's POLAND teems with vivid events and unforgettble characters. In the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries, three Polish families live out their destinies and the drama of a nation--in the grand tradition of a great James Michener saga.
"POLAND is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country's tribulations."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Like the heroic land that is its subject, James Michener's POLAND teems with vivid events and unforgettble characters. In the sweeping span of eight tumultuous centuries, three Polish families live out their destinies and the drama of a nation--in the grand tradition of a great James Michener saga.
"POLAND is a monumental...


In the Shadow of the Polish Eagle : The Poles, the Holocaust and Beyond

0333752651


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Book Description
The behavior of many Poles towards the Jewish population during the Nazi occupation of Poland has always been a controversial issue. Although the Poles are supposed not to have collaborated with the invaders, there is evidence to show that in respect of the Jewish population, the behavior of many Poles, including members of the underground, was far from exemplary. Poland is also the only European country where Jews were being murdered after the end of the war and where strong anti-Semitic tendencies are still present. This book analyzes this question in an historical context and attempts to offer an explanation for the phenomenon of Polish anti-Semitism during and after the end of the war. The work is based on recently uncovered documents as well as on personal accounts of witnesses to the events during the war.


Auschwitz
Deborah Dwork
0393322912
Apr 2002
Paperback
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Booklist
This is truly the definitive history of the town and camp.

Boston Globe
The important story [told]—really for the first time—is not 'why the Holocaust?' but 'why Auschwitz?'

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Neighbors
Jan T. Gross
0142002402
Oct 2002
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
"One day, in July 1941, half of the population of a small east European town murdered the other half--some 1,600 men, women and children." This short sentence summarizes the subject of Neighbors, historian Jan Gross's account of a massacre that occurred in Jedwabne, in northeastern Poland. Gross describes the atrocities of Jedwabne in almost unbearable detail. Men and women were hacked to death with knives, iron hooks, and axes. Small children were thrown with pitchforks onto a bonfire. A woman's decapitated head was kicked like a football. Historians before now have blamed the massacre on the Nazis--whose participation in and responsibility for these crimes has been exaggerated, Gross says. In fact, he argues, a virulent Polish anti-Semitism was liberated by German occupation. Instead of explaining the...


The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
0393328627
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Nicole Krauss's The History of Love is a hauntingly beautiful novel about two characters whose lives are woven together in such complex ways that even after the last page is turned, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. In the hands of a less gifted writer, unraveling this tangled web could easily give way to complete chaos. However, under Krauss's watchful eye, these twists and turns only strengthen the impact of this enchanting book.

The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native...



Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History/Here My Troubles Began/Boxed [BOX SET]
Art Spiegelman
0679748407
November 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.

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Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.


Heart of Europe
Norman Davies
0192801260
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
The image of Poland has once again been impressed on European consciousness. Norman Davies provides a key to understanding the modern Polish crisis in this lucid and authoritative description of the nation's history. Beginning with the period since 1945, he travels back in time to highlight
the long-term themes and traditions which have influenced present attitudes.

His evocative account reveals Poland as the heart of Europe in more than the geographical sense. It is a country where Europe's ideological conflicts are played out in their most acute form: as recent events have emphasized, Poland's fate is of vital concern to European civilization as a whole.

This revised and updated edition tackles and analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Bloc, and looks at Poland's future within a...


God's Playground: A History of Poland, Volume I, The Origins to 1795
Norman Davies
0231128177
November 2004
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"The standard work on the subject in English.... [Davies] writes with commanding dexterity and a confident, at times almost swaggering, intelligence as he balances narrative and analysis." -- Atlantic Monthly

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Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
Filip Muller, Filip Muller
1566632714
September 1, 1999
Paperback
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Terrence Des Pres
A detailed description of life in Hell’s inmost circle...jammed with infernal information too terrible to be taken at once.

Jewish Press Features
Riveting...it is a tale of unprecedented, incomparable horror. Profoundly, intensely painful; but it is essential reading.

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God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2
Norman Davies
0231128193
May 2005
Textbook Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"The standard work on the subject in English.... [Davies] writes with commanding dexterity and a confident, at times almost swaggering, intelligence as he balances narrative and analysis." -- Atlantic Monthly

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Poland, the United States, and the Stabilization of Europe, 1919-1933
Neal Pease
0195040503
Nov 1986
Hardcover
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Book Description
In the eyes of the world, no European country appeared more vulnerable to its enemies or less likely to establish peace with them than inter-war Poland. This is the first full-length study of relations between Poland and the U.S. following World War I, as Poland turned to America to buttress
its precarious position. Pease lucidly examines how Polish leaders of the 1920s, discerning America's essential aim of fostering stability in Europe, sought to enlist U.S. political and financial support on behalf of their beleaguered state. Drawing on exhaustive archival research, Pease unravels
the fascinating ties between these unlikely diplomatic partners. He reveals how Poland not only had to fight an uphill battle against inter-war America's isolationism, but also had to counter America's reluctance to underwrite a...


Maus a Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Art Spiegelman
0394747232
August 12, 1986
Paperback
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Book Review
Some historical events simply beggar any attempt at description--the Holocaust is one of these. Therefore, as it recedes and the people able to bear witness die, it becomes more and more essential that novel, vigorous methods are used to describe the indescribable. Examined in these terms, Art Spiegelman's Maus is a tremendous achievement, from a historical perspective as well as an artistic one.

Spiegelman, a stalwart of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s, interviewed his father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living outside New York City, about his experiences. The artist then deftly translated that story into a graphic novel. By portraying a true story of the Holocaust in comic form--the Jews are mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs--Spiegelman compels the...



Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Christopher R. Browning
0060995068
March 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
Shocking as it is, this book--a crucial source of original research used for the bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners--gives evidence to suggest the opposite conclusion: that the sad-sack German draftees who perpetrated much of the Holocaust were not expressing some uniquely Germanic evil, but that they were average men comparable to the run of humanity, twisted by historical forces into inhuman shapes. Browning, a thorough historian who lets no one off the moral hook nor fails to weigh any contributing factor--cowardice, ideological indoctrination, loyalty to the battalion, and reluctance to force the others to bear more than their share of what each viewed as an excruciating duty--interviewed hundreds of the killers, who simply could not explain how they had sunken into savagery under Hitler. A good book to read along...


The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak
Dawid Sierakowiak
0195122852
May 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When the Nazis captured Lodz, the great textile center of Poland, they squeezed the Jewish population of 200,000 into a sealed neighborhood and began systematically to work and starve them to death. Sierakowiak began his journals when he was 15, just before the war, and continued with almost daily entries until it abruptly breaks off in 1943. Edited by Adelson, producer of the documentary film, Lodz Ghetto, the diary meticulously records Sierakowiak's own deterioration as well as that of the ghetto. Sierakowiak chronicles the growing hunger and desperation of those residents not connected to Chaim Rumkowski, the ghetto's corrupt and dictatorial leader, and the loss of both parents?his mother to the Nazis and his father to tuberculosis, the disease that would claim Sierakowiak at the end. Although Sierakowiak was...


The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
0393060349
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Nicole Krauss's The History of Love is a hauntingly beautiful novel about two characters whose lives are woven together in such complex ways that even after the last page is turned, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. In the hands of a less gifted writer, unraveling this tangled web could easily give way to complete chaos. However, under Krauss's watchful eye, these twists and turns only strengthen the impact of this enchanting book.

The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native...



Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz
Joseph Czarnecki
0689120222


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From Publishers Weekly
Though the art itself is primitive and often difficult to decipher, the stories behind the sketches, inscriptions and doodles documented by Polish photojournalist Czarnecki on the walls of cells, latrines, washrooms and barracks at Auschwitz will move readers with the weight of their human suffering and courage. A few pictures need no commentary: a pigeon wistfully carries an envelope in its beak; an arrow pierces a timeless cupid's heart, carrying two names; a line from Dante's Inferno is elaborately scratched on a pitted surface. Sad stories wait in the wings, as for example, in the inscribed names of Edward Galinski and Mala Zimetbaum, the only trace remaining of their concentration camp romance. As the text notes, the pair barely missed making their escape from Auschwitz, attempted suicide unsuccessfully and...


The Church and the Left
Adam Michnik
0226524248
Mar 1993
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Polish newspaper editor Michnik, a theorist of the Solidarity movements and a major player in the 1989 negotiations that ended Communist rule, here illuminates the rationale for the country's leftist intelligentsia's alliance with the staunchly conservative Roman Catholic Church. In incisive essays that assume familiarity with the Polish scene, he argues that the Church's resistance to Stalinist control constituted a strong defense of human liberties, and discusses how the regime of Communist leader Wladyslaw Gomulka turned first against the secular left, then against the Church. Calling for a dialogue between the left and Christianity, Michnik warns against a resurgent, all-embracing, fundamentalist Church. Written in 1976 and published in Poland in 1981, this book includes a 1979 essay on John Paul II's first...


God's Playground
Norman Davies
0231043279
Feb 1984
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Stanislaw Baranczak, The New Republic
"This two-volume book is a truly magnificent work, and there is no doubt that it is the best introduction available to the incredible imboglio of Polish history. I am not thinking only of its scholarly merit and its depth of insight. Nor only of the fact that the book reads extremely well, thanks to the author's...


Concise History of Poland
Jerzy Lukowski
0521559170
September 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Review
'... the result is the best short guide to Polish history currently available in English.' English Historical Review
' ... the best short guide to Polish history currently available in English.' Robert I. Frost, King's College London, Oxford Academic Journals
'... two chapters, on the partitions era to 1918, are excellent ... a judicious balance of pertinent information and lucid, thoughtful analysis.' History

Review
"Clearly written in straightforward prose with many comments and pithy insights, the book suceeds admirably.... Maps and illustrations are particularly well chosen and helpful, as is the seven-page bibliography of works in English. All levels and collections." Choice

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Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski
080213422X
September 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Many writers have portrayed the cruelty people inflict upon each other in the name of war or ideology or garden-variety hate, but few books will surpass Kosinski's first novel, The Painted Bird, for the sheer creepiness in its savagery. The story follows an abandoned young boy who wanders alone through the frozen bogs and broken towns of Eastern Europe during and after World War II, trying to survive. His experiences and actions occur at and beyond the limits of what might be called humanity, but Kosinski never averts his eyes, nor allows us to.

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Semiautobiographical novel by Jerzy Kosinski, published in 1965 and revised in 1976. The ordeals of the central character parallel Kosinski's own experiences during World War II. A...


God's Playground
Norman Davies
0231053509
June 1982
Hardcover
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Stanislaw Baranczak, The New Republic
"This two-volume book is a truly magnificent work, and there is no doubt that it is the best introduction available to the incredible imboglio of Polish history. I am not thinking only of its scholarly merit and its depth of insight. Nor only of the fact that the book reads extremely well, thanks to the author's...


Mila 18
Leon Uris
0553241605
December 1, 1983
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"Not only authentic as history . . . .  It is convincing as fiction . . . .  The story of a sacrifice that had real meaning and will forever be remembered . . . .  A fine and important novel." -- The New York Times

Review
"Not only authentic as history . . . .  It is convincing as fiction . . . .  The story of a sacrifice that had real meaning and will forever be remembered . . . .  A fine and important novel." -- The New York Times

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Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry)
Ezra Mendelsohn
1584651792
December 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Analyzes the life, work, and reception of a founding father of modern Jewish art in Eastern Europe.

From the Publisher
6 x 9 trim. 117 illus. (15 color). 2 maps.

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God's Playground, Volume 1
Norman Davies
0231053517
Feb 1984
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work."

Review
"Davies is the foremost historian of modern Poland. Of his previous books, God's Playground: A History of Poland is widely regarded as a landmark account." -- Carlo D'Este, New York Times Book Review
"...widely viewed as the best single-volume general history of Poland." -- Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
"He offers one of the best histories of the country. It is a book that reads, not as non-fiction...


All But My Life
Gerda Weissman Klein
0809015803
March 1995
Paperback
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From AudioFile
The basis for the Emmy-winning documentary ONE SURVIVOR REMEMBERS, this is the memoir of a young Polish Jewess's enslavement by the Nazis and her ultimate liberation by American soldiers. Grace Conlin takes a detached approach, affecting the pretentious fatalism that lazy actors use to represent tragic dignity. Her heroine lacks the author's endearing, transcendent life force. Otherwise, both While this narrator possesses a pleasant, expressive voice compatible with Klein's straightforward grace, her narration doesn't do justice to all the resonances of the text. Perhaps, considering the subject, that is merciful. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times
"Soul-searching and human . . ....


A Question of Honor : The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II
Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud
0375411976
September 16, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Following up the acclaimed The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Frontlines of Broadcast Journalism, the authors offer a solid addition to WWII aviation history. The first all-Polish squadron in the Royal Air Force, the Kosciuszko Squadron was formed from experienced Polish Air Force pilots who had fled their fallen country by way of Romania and France to England. Its members, according to the authors, needed little instruction in combat flying but some in the English language. When they took to the air, the squadron's pilots, along with Poles serving elsewhere in Fighter Command, made a large (possibly indispensable) contribution to victory in the Battle of Britain. That battle is the dramatic high point of the book, which from 1941 on shifts its focus to the sorry fate meted out to Poland as a nation and Poles in...


The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Slavomir Rawicz
1558216847
December 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"One of the most amazing, heroic stories of...


God's Playground, Volume 2
Norman Davies
0231053525
June 1982
Hardcover
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The New York Times Book Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail.... Davies understands and exquisitely conveys the importance of historical consciousness in Polish life.... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language; it is the book on Poland. Anyone writing on Polish affairs- past or present- will have to read it. It is a masterly work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"Superbly readable, rich in detail yet never boring or trivial... This is beyond doubt not only the best book on Poland in the English language, it is the best book on Poland." -- The New York Times Book Review

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Sophia House
Michael D. O'Brien
1586170392
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sophia House is set in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. Pawel Tarnowski, a bookseller, gives refuge to David Schäfer, a Jewish youth who has escaped from the ghetto, and hides him in the attic of the book shop. Throughout the winter of 1942-43, haunted by the looming threat of discovery, they discuss good and evil, sin and redemption, literature and philosophy, and their respective religious views of reality. Decades later, David becomes a convert to Catholicism, is the Carmelite priest Fr. Elijah Schäfer called by the Pope to confront the Anti-christ in Michael O'Brien's best-selling novel, Father Elijah: an Apocalypse. In this "prequel", the author explores the meaning of love, religious identity, and sacrifice viewed from two distinct perspectives. The cast of characters also includes the notorious...

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