Poland & Poles in World War II - Books' Selection


Poland 1939: The Birth of Blitzkrieg (Campaign 107)
by Steve Zaloga, Howard Gerrard (Illustrator)

The fourth partition of Poland - invaded from the north, west and south by Germany, betrayed by Britain and France, and stabbed in the back by the Soviet Union....

Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration With Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947, by Tadeusz Piotrowski
The unremitting brutality of the Nazi and Soviet occupiers and their collaborators killed over 20% of Poland's population in WW2, while countless thousands were exiled to all corners of the globe....

Death in the Forest: The Story of the Katyn Forest Massacre, by Janusz Kazimierz Zawodny
The Soviets imprisoned 220000 Polish soldiers in concentration camps (most did not survive) and in 1940 murdered 27000 officers and reservists, and buried them in mass graves at Katyn and other sites.

Did the Children Cry: Hitler's War Against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-1945
by Richard C. Lukas

Poland lost 2.2 million children during the second world war (all other countries put together lost 11 million).

Karski : How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust
by E. Thomas Wood, Stanislaw M. Jankowski

Nearly all Poland's pre-war Jewish population was exterminated in the Shoah along with Jews from the whole of German-occupied Europe (a total of 6 million). Karski's words fell on deaf ears....

War in the Shadow of Auschwitz: Memoirs of a Polish Resistance Fighter and Survivor of the Death Camps (Religion, Theology, and the Holocaust)
by John Wiernicki

Initially a concentration camp for Polish prisoners, later a death camp in which 1 million Jews were murdered.

Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation 1939-1944
by Norman Davies (Foreword), Richard C. Lukas

On August 22nd 1939 Hitler had authorised killing "without pity or mercy all men, women and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the living space we need"....

Exiled to Siberia
by Klaus Hergt

Over one and a half million Polish citizens from Poland's eastern borderlands were deported to camps in the Soviet Union from February 1940 to June 1941. By the middle of 1942, nearly half were dead

Secret Army
by T. Bor Komorowski

The formation of the Armia Krajowa (Europe's largest and most active resistance movement), the author's rise to command it and the Warsaw uprising of 1944, ending with his surrender and imprisonment.

An Army in Exile: The Story of the Second Polish Corps (Allied Forces Series)

by Wladyslaw Anders

Anders left Lubianka prison on crutches in August 1941 to begin assembling an army from survivors of the camps - their motto was "fight until victory". Unfortunately, more betrayal was to come....

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