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This review is from: The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War (Hardcover)
By the Spring of 1939 Hitler's attempts to recruit Poland for an Eastern war had failed. On 25 March Hitler told the Wehrmacht to prepare for an invasion of Poland.Without warning,at 4.20am on 1 September Germany bombed the city of Wielun killing hundreds of people, mostly women and children. In all, over 150 places were bombed. Warsaw was hit 17 times on that day alone. By 25 September 25000 civilians plus some 6ooo military personnel had been killed in an undeclared war. During the fighting that ensued the Germans committed appalling atrocities against Polish soldiers who Hitler regarded as not real soldiers because, according to Hitler, Poland was not a 'real country'. From the outset the intention was to destroy and eliminate the Polish people.
By 1945 Poland had lost 20% of its population and its freedom. There are numerous books about, for example, the Holocaust, the Warsaw Uprising and the Soviet massacre of 20000 Polish officers but until now no one has written in English an account of Poland at war.
Kochanski's book is the masterly account we have been waiting for. She is a British-born historian whose own family experienced some of the horrors she describes in her book. In this book she exposes not only the horrors that the Polish people suffered in the war but also scandals such as the Poles not being invited to a British victory parade in 1946-Fijians and Mexicans were. She also details the fact that we and the Americans were as duplicitous as the Nazis and the Russians in their behaviour towards the Poles. The Allies and the Soviets behaved in a shameful way that sullies the reputation of Churchill and Roosevelt.
Kochanski also describes key battles very clearly. The tragedy of some 20000 Polish children who were kidnapped and handed over to German parents is covered, very few ever saw their parents again.
She does not shrink either from discussing the sensitive issue of local anti-semitism and Polish collaboration with their German invaders. However, this never reached the scale of French collaboration.
Kochanski weaves political, military and diplomatic events in admirably clear English while not forgetting the human aspects of this terrible tragedy.
The world must never forget the atrocities that Germans, not just the Nazis, perpetrated throughout Europe during the second world war. Polish suffering was immense. In 1945 her suffering continued under a barbarous Communist regime. It is,therefore, remarkable that Poland survived. She did and today is in a better state than ever before.
We are indebted to Halik Kochanski for enabling us to better understand and admire the resilience of the Polish people.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2012 15:04:26 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2012 15:47:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Oct 2012 15:48:22 BDT
Could it be that Dr Clayton (note the Doctorate - an historian perhaps?) received an advance copy from the publishers in order for him to to review it? Just a thought - wouldn't want to get in the way of a good conspiracy theory!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2012 16:41:53 BDT
People get advanced copies for all sorts of reasons - I myself have received a few.
Posted on 3 Oct 2012 17:39:52 BDT
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Last edited by the author on 4 Oct 2012 09:25:03 BDT
So what; when I worked for a publishing company I had access to many books weeks before they were released.
Also publication dates on Amazon are not always accurate. Both of the other books you mention were in my local Waterstone's prior to the date stated here.
Your making a lot of noise with little evidence
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2012 10:27:11 BDT
It was reviewed in The Economist last week, for instance.
Posted on 11 Oct 2012 16:57:20 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2012 16:12:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Oct 2012 16:15:06 BDT
Your obsession with this individual is starting to become bizarre. Chill - stop making accusations you cant support. If the person, has read the book, they are entitled to review. Neither you or I have any idea if he actually has read the book but as an owner of the book and having flicked through it is does seem to me this person is clearly posting a review on the same product. Whether I agree with it or not is a different matter. I think you time would be better employed reading it yourself and posting your review.
Also how do you know whether this individual has purchased through Amazon or not - such information is private I believe. If it is not you will be able to provide a list of books I have purchased from Amazon in the last month. I give you permission to make this information public. I await your list with interest
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 19:29:13 BDT
A review made by a user who has also purchased the item through amazon is tagged as an 'amazon verified purchase'.
Posted on 7 Nov 2012 14:43:41 GMT
Thanks for that information I didn't know that.
As I said though two book mentioned were in my local Waterstones prior to the publication date stated by Amazon so Dan's point remains invalid
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