The Warsaw ghetto : a Christian's testimony

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The Warsaw ghetto : a Christian's testimony
Call No: 943.8053 B29w

Call Number943.8053 B29w
Dates[1987]; ©1987
Statement of ResponsibilityWładysław Bartoszewski ; foreword by Stanisław Lem ; translated by Stephen G. Cappellari.
Creators & ContributorsBartoszewski, Władysław (author)
Lem, Stanisław (contributor)
Cappellari, Stephen G. (translator)
Bartoszewski, Władysław (subject)
Summary"In 1939, the Polish Jewish community of 3,000,000 was the largest in Europe. Six years later, nearly the entire Jewish population had been wiped out along with 3,000,000 ethnic Poles—the greatest proportional loss of any state during the Second World War. Yet the grief of each of these two groups has remained largely unshared by the other: Jewish survivors rank Polish anti-Semitism with the offenses of the Nazis, and the Poles commemorate their own enormous losses without recognizing the plight of the European Jews. Władysław Bartoszewski, a Roman Catholic, offers here a rare testimony to the shared fate of Warsaw's inhabitants during the Holocaust. His unique and moving book tells the story of the Warsaw ghetto from the unusual perspective of one of the few ethnic Poles to have come to the aid of Jews during the war. In 1941, at the age of nineteen, Bartoszewski returned to Warsaw from his imprisonment in Auschwitz to find a three-meter-high wall erected around a portion of the city and 500,000 Jews imprisoned there under the most miserable conditions. At great peril to his own life, Bartoszewski served as liaison between the Polish underground and the Jewish leadership within the Warsaw ghetto, working against enormous odds in an attempt to save some of the Jews and to publicize the events taking place in Poland to an unbelieving world. Weaving his personal memories and experiences with Nazi proclamations, diary excerpts, and resistance documents, Bartoszewski reconstructs the tragic events of the Warsaw ghetto with depth and immediacy. Honored as a 'just man' in Israel, Bartoszewski, has lived a life of unusual courage." —Book jacket
  • Foreword / Stanisław Lem
  • The Warsaw Ghetto: A Christian's Testimony
  • Epilogue: Forty Years Later
Physical Description x, 117 pages ; 20 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherBoston : Beacon Press
  • Translation of: Das Warschauer Ghetto, wie es wirklich war (1983)
  • Includes index
RecognitionGifted in 2000 by the Estate of Reverend Pat Dolan