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Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler and the Crushing of a City

 
 
Author
Alexandra Richie.
Publisher William Collins  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9780007180431
Pages/Publication Date 680/2014
Daedalus Item Code 60408
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The Warsaw Uprising of August 1944 was a shocking event even in the context of World War II. Hundreds of civilians were thrown from windows, burned alive, and trampled to death, while the murder of 40,000 innocents on August 5th was the largest battlefield massacre of the war. Yet the Polish forces fought the German army and the SS street by street for 63 days before the city was ultimately emptied of its entire population and destroyed entirely. The author of Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin, Alexandra Richie recalls the tragedy from both German and Polish perspectives and asks why, when the war was nearly lost, Hitler and Himmler decided to return to Warsaw bent on murder, deportation, and destruction.

"The most detailed and harrowing account of the uprising staged by the Polish Home Army ... ever published, and is likely to be of lasting value to scholars and general readers alike.... This extraordinarily detailed account of a two-month bloodbath creates a vast monument to an often neglected event."—Times Literary Supplement

"Chronicled with astonishing precision by historian and Warsaw resident Richie ... this grim and chilling book delivers exhaustive and unforgettable details of this gruesome chapter of World War II."—Publishers Weekly

"Richie has mastered an immense range of material in both German and Polish.... There are powerful first person accounts ... [in a book that is] impressively accomplished in terms of research and narrative."—BBC History Magazine

 
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