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The Bravest Battle: The Twenty-eight Days Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Jan Paczkis|Monday, August 17, 2009

The author includes a day-to-day account of the Uprising, and his bibliography is very extensive. He factors the ZZW as well as the ZOB, and gives seldom-mentioned credit to Polish-gentile fighters such as Wolinski and Iwanski, who admittedly are not usually appreciated. (p. 348). WARNING: The descriptions of German cruelties may upset sensitive readers


      The Bravest Battle: The Twenty-eight Days Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising   The Bravest Battle: The Twenty-eight Days Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Dan Kurzman

  A Descriptive and Graphic Portrayal of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Corrections Provided for Inaccuracies, July 9, 2009 The author includes a day-to-day account of the Uprising, and his bibliography is very extensive. He factors the ZZW as well as the ZOB, and gives seldom-mentioned credit to Polish-gentile fighters such as Wolinski and Iwanski, who admittedly are not usually appreciated. (p. 348). WARNING: The descriptions of German cruelties may upset sensitive readers.

Unfortunately, Kurzman's otherwise-excellent work is cheapened by innuendoes, such as the unsupported one about the Polish-Government-in-Exile, and the Polish Underground, not being more supportive of the Jews out of fear of thereby becoming discredited in the eyes of the Polish population (e. g., p. 285), which he generalizes--again without evidence--as being predominantly anti-Semitic. (e. g., p. 49).

Pointedly, the essence of guerilla warfare is the well-planned hit-and-run attack, aimed to maximize the damage to the enemy. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the opposite. For the Polish Underground to support it more extensively, it would mean a costly investment in something known in advance to have no chance of success, incapable of saving Jewish lives and potentially dooming many Polish lives while--all this time--doing virtually no harm to the German war effort.

Kurzman sometimes drifts into the following mindset: If Poles do not help Jews, it is because they are anti-Semitic. If they do help Jews--well, then they're doing that in order to prove that they are not anti-Semitic! He incorrectly states that the NSZ was fascist. (p. 49, 338). Part of the problem is his uncritical inclusion of Communist accounts.

The following paragraph contains some correctives (see also my reviews of the following, all of which except the first one are Jewish works.). [For some reason, Amazon software has edited out the links, so I provide boldfaced titles instead.]

Against Kurzman's misrepresentation of Polish firefighters, see DESTROY WARSAW! Against the charge of Poles delighting in Jewish suffering (hoodlum element excepted), other Polonophobic generalizations that Kurzman engages in, and the myth of plentiful arms accessible to the Polish Underground (p. 54), see A SURPLUS OF MEMORY. For the truth about the Polish Underground and the sewer system, and the actual, tactic-based and fear-based reasons for Poles sometimes betraying Jews who had fled the Ghetto and later Uprising, see MURANOWSKA 7. Finally, did you realize that the Polish Underground gave almost ten times the arms to the Jews than Kurzman admits? See TWO FLAGS: RETURN TO THE WARSAW GHETTO.

Want to learn more? See the Peczkis Listmania: WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING: MYTHS VS. FACTS.

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