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Early Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memoir

Getto walczy: Udział Bundu w obronie getta warszawskiego [The ghetto fights: the role of Bund in the defense of the Warsaw Ghetto].

Warsaw: Nakładem C.K. "Bundu", 1945. Small octavo (16.6 × 12 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Jan Kosiński; 67, [1] pp. Wrappers lightly discolored; else very good.

First edition of these memoirs of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943), written by the last surviving leader of the uprising, Marek Edelman (1919–2009). Born to Jewish Socialist parents in Warsaw, prior to WWII Edelman was the head of the youth branch of the Bund (Jewish Socialist Party). The memoir starts in 1939, with the German occupation of Poland and creation of the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1942 Edelman co-founded ZOB (Jewish Combat Organization), a group which organized the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. In his memoir Edelman especially highlights the central role of the Bund in organizing the uprising. This eyewitness account of the Ghetto Uprising was published by the Bund immediately after the war in 1945. An English translation was published the following year in New York. Subsequently Edelman also took part in the general Warsaw Uprising of 1944. After the War, Edelman chose to remain in Poland and became a surgeon, authoring a number of medical texts as well as these memoirs. A lifelong Socialist, he was later a member of Solidarność (Solidarity), the Polish trade union movement, and was imprisoned by the Polish Communist authorities in the 1980s.

Book ID: 50759

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