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Documenting the Warsaw Uprising

Powstanie w Warszawie: fakty i dokumenty [The Warsaw Uprising: facts and documents]. Biblioteczka Zolnierza [Little library for soldiers], no. 4 (series title).

[Warsaw]: Wydawnictwo Oddzialu Propagandy Gl. Zarzadu Polityczno-Wychowawczego Wojska Polskiego, 1945. Octavo. Original side-stapled photo-illustrated wrappers; 29, [3] pp. Very good or better.

One of the earliest, if not the earliest, volume documenting the Warsaw Uprising (August 1–October 2, 1944), the largest armed resistance campaign carried out during WWII and a tragic failure that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and the systematic destruction of large parts of Warsaw by German forces. The uprising was initiated once German forces began to retreat due to the approaching Red Army; while Polish fighters initially established control over large parts of the city, the Soviets stalled and ignored calls for assistance, in a strategic play by Stalin aimed at weakening the Home Army, which was opposed to Soviet rule, and instead sought to re-install the exiled Polish government. The book was published in May 1945, immediately after the conclusion of the war. In addition to the front wrapper, the book contains one more photograph. The final leaf contains the slogan “The Polish Soldier has paid the Germans back for the blook and ruins of Warsaw.”

Scarce; as of November 2019, KVK and OCLC show only two copies in North America.

Book ID: 50287

Price: $750.00