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Isaac's Army
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on 13 January 2014
"One of the bravest scenes Edelman witnessed during the war was the sight of a man entering the Warsaw transit station for the transports to Auschwitz with his son on his shoulders. The boy was frightened and asking where they were going. "Not far", the father reassured him. "Soon it will all be over".

This is the last line of this amazing book detailing the armed Jewish underground in Warsaw.

The author interviewed many of the survivors and his book details the build up to the Ghetto revolt of 1943 as well as Jewish participation in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

Lesser known aspects are also detailed such as the conflict between some of the right wing fascist elements within the non-Jewish Polish resistance army and the Jewish units.

I'd highly recommend this for an understanding of the Jewish underground and particularly the internal conflicts within the Jewish resistance itself
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on 19 February 2014
I bought this as a Kindle 99p book, so for the money it would have to be absolute rubbish to get a bad rating. This was not bad it was exceptionally good, it was suprising how much first hand accounts from the Jewish side had survived considering how few of the ir fighters survived the fighting in the ghetto. This was an area of history I had only limited knowledge of so enjoyed this book. I did not give it 5 stars because the author appeared to have made little attempt to consult German or Russian sources. Also although it was of interest, I did not feel that the early escape of one family out of Poland eventually to America was actually relevant to the star of Jewish resistance.
Would recommend this book
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A very well written & well researched account from a human perspective of the whole experience of Poland from 1st Sept 1939. Although it catalogues the utter destruction firstly of the large Jewish & then of a significant part the Gentile population of Warsaw, it somehow manages to retain some hope by following the experiences of a small group of people who survive against all the odds. I am grateful to Matthew Brzezinski, in my opinion he is a righteous gentile himself & has helped me to overcome the received wisdom that all Poles were anti-Semitic, just as the last book I read 'Gone to Ground' (also highly recommended) dispelled the myth that all Germans were Nazis
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on 30 January 2014
I couldn't put this incredible book down - all 496 pages of it (I downloaded the Kindle version which was an astonishing bargain at just 59 pence). It is very, very readable and does an excellent job of clearly explaining all the different factions, not just within the Jewish fighters, but within the Polish gentiles, too. The book follows several different people, some of them related, and interweaves their stories in a way that helps to convey the bigger picture of what was going on at the time. Descriptions of events are extremely vivid, assisted by some excellent resources. I recommend this book very highly.
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on 28 April 2015
This is an excellent book. It covers an important aspect of WW2 and is one of the clearest accounts of the war in Poland that I have read. It explains the complexities of the Polish Resistance in a clear way and tells the remarkable story of Jewish resistance so well that at times it reads like a thriller. Very highly recommended.
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on 10 February 2014
Moving,factual every word necessary. For anyone who thinks they know something about the holocaust or Warsaw uprising. This book shows that you know nothing.
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on 8 May 2015
This book is well written with not too much details that it comes across as a encyclopedia but enough to keep you engaged . Five stars!!
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on 19 March 2014
For me, although there were many interesting facts the style of writing was dry and quite difficult to plough through.
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on 8 June 2014
I found this story very intence and a very good book about the treatment of a nation and its people
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on 24 March 2014
this book has had a film made of it names and what happened the same as the book some brave people if only England had listened and helped so much misery could have not happened at all
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