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Katyn-Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

Northern Illinois University Press , March 2010

by Allen Paul
History of the Katyn massacre
 
Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow

Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow

Northern Illinois University Press , August 2010

by Nathaniel D. Wood
A history of modern Cracow
 
Uprooted:  How Breslau Became Wroc?aw During the Century of Expulsions

Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wroclaw During the Century of Expulsions

Princeton University Press , January 2011

by Gregor Thum
History of modern Wroclaw
 
The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

Aquila Polonica , February 2012

by Witold Pilecki
A Polish Underground spy in Auschwitz
 
Nowolipie Street

Nowolipie Street

DL Books , May 2012

by Jozef Hen
Memoir of Jewish Warsaw
 
White Fever

White Fever

Portobello Books , October 2012

by Jacek Hugo-Bader
Travelogue from Siberia
 
VERA GRAN: THE ACCUSED

VERA GRAN: THE ACCUSED

Alfred A. Knopf , March 2013

by Agata Tuszynska
Story of a Warsaw Ghetto singer accused of collaboration
 
Postal Indiscretions; The Correspondance of Tadeusz Borowski

Postal Indiscretions; The Correspondance of Tadeusz Borowski

translated by Alicia Nitecki, edited by Tadeusz Drewnowski
Northwestern University Press

This eloquent witness to the Holocaust embraced Communism as the only bulwark against the bestiality he had seen. His correspondence gives a vivid picture of a totalitarian world and the stain it left upon the short life of this gifted writer. If Elie Wiesel was the great mystic of the Holocaust and Primo Levi was its great analyst, Borowski was its angry young man. – Ruth Franklin, The New Republic Online
 
Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future<br>Edited by  Robert Cherry and Annamaria Orla-Bukowska

Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future
Edited by Robert Cherry and Annamaria Orla-Bukowska

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

 
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 19<br>Polish-Jewish Relations in North America<br>Edited by Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski and  Antony Polonsky

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 19
Polish-Jewish Relations in North America
Edited by Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski and Antony Polonsky

Littman Library of Jewish Civilization , January 2007

 
Katyn: A Crime Without Punishment (Annals of Communism Series)<br> edited by Anna M. Cienciala, Natalia S. Lebedeva, and Wojciech Materski

Katyn: A Crime Without Punishment (Annals of Communism Series)
edited by Anna M. Cienciala, Natalia S. Lebedeva, and Wojciech Materski

Yale University Press , January 2008

Three leading historians of the NKVD massacres of Polish prisoners of war at Katyn, Kharkov, and Tver, present 122 documents selected from previously published Russian and Polish volumes. A crucial guide to the Soviet killings, the elaborate cover-up, the admission of the truth, and the Katyn question in Soviet/Russian-Polish relations up to the present.
 
The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution

The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution

by Alex Storozynski
St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books , April 2009

…an objective history that is needed in today’s America and Poland. The hero … is one of the fathers of modern democracy in the same mold as Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Lincoln. – Adam Michnik, Solidarnosc activist and editor in chief of Gazeta Wyborcza

…a sweeping, colorful, and absorbing biography that should restore Kosciuszko to his proper place in history
– Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek

Readers of military and American history should take note: the minute details will enthrall devotees. Casual readers will benefit from Storozynski's expert crafting of a readable and fact-filled story that pulls readers into the immediacy of the revolutionary era's partisan and financial troubles.
– Publishers Weekly

In a meticulously researched work, Storozynski greatly enhances our understanding of Kosciuszko’s personality and motivations by investigating the Pole’s relationship and feelings toward Africans, Jews, and peasants. His contribution advances our knowledge of this complex character whom Jefferson considered the ‘purest son of liberty’ he ever knew. – James Pula, Purdue University

…a testament to a great man and an important addition to world history. – Byron E. Price, Texas Southern University
 
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

by Diane Ackerman
W. W. Norton , September 2007

Amazon’s Best books of 2007 – Editors' Picks: no. 40 and no. 3 in History The remarkable WWII story of Warsaw Zoo director Jan Zabinski, and his wife, Antonina, who sheltered 300 Jews in their villa and in animal sheds. The alpha female in a unique menagerie… [Antonina] was special, and as the remaining members of her generation die off, a voice like hers should not be allowed to fade into the silence. – D.T. Max, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Sept. 9, 2007
 
Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?

Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?

by Zygmunt Bauman
Harvard University Press , May 2008

Gracefully, provocatively, Bauman urges us to think in new ways about a newly flexible, newly challenging modern world. As Bauman notes, quoting Vaclav Havel, “hope is not a prognostication.” It is, rather, alongside courage and will, a mundane, common weapon that is too seldom used.
 
The Art of Life

The Art of Life

by Zygmunt Bauman
John Wiley & Sons , August 2008

This new book by one of the most original and influential social thinkers writing today is not a how-to guide, but a brilliant account of the ways in which our society – the liquid modern, individualized society of consumers – influences the way we construct and narrate our life trajectories.
 
After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War II

After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War II

by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Columbia University Press / East European Monographs , January 2003

 
Kosciuszko, We Are Here!<br>American Pilots of the Kosciuszko Squadron in Defense of Poland, 1919-1921

Kosciuszko, We Are Here!
American Pilots of the Kosciuszko Squadron in Defense of Poland, 1919-1921

by Janusz Cisek
McFarland & Company, Inc. , September 2002

 
Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw

Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw

by Norman Davies
Viking , January 2004

 
A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope

A Life with Karol:
My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope

by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz
Random House , March 2008

This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his longtime secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.
Despite the hagiographical tone, one thing is clear – John Paul was a formidable world figure in the latter half of the 20th century, and he never allowed his position to affect his ability to be a good friend. – Publishers Weekly
 
The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home

The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home

by Erin Einhorn
Touchstone , September 2008

New York Daily News journalist Erin Einhorn travels to meet the Polish family that saved her Jewish mother from the Holocaust. But instead of a joyful reunion, she unearths a dispute that forces her to navigate the difficult terrain between memory and truth, as she explores the world of modern Polish-Jewish relations.
 
Regions of The Great Heresy: Bruno Schultz, A Biographical portrait

Regions of The Great Heresy: Bruno Schultz, A Biographical portrait

by Jerzy Ficowski
translated and Edited by Theodosia Robertson
W. W. Norton , January 2002

 
The Black Seasons (Jewish Lives)

The Black Seasons (Jewish Lives)

by Michal Glowinski
translated by Marci Shore, Introduction by Jan Gross
Northwestern University Press , August 2005

 
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie

by Barbara Goldsmith
W. W. Norton , November 2004

Excellent… A poignant – and scientifically lucid – portrait – The New York Times Book Review
 
Drohobycz, Drohobycz<br>And Other Stories: True Tales from the Holocaust and Life After

Drohobycz, Drohobycz
And Other Stories: True Tales from the Holocaust and Life After

by Henryk Grynberg
Penguin Books , January 2002

Shortlisted for the NIKE Award, Poland’s highest literary prize
Winner of 2003 Koret Jewish Book Award in Fiction
 
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong
Random House , April 2001

 
Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills In Chechnya

Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills In Chechnya

by Wojciech Jagielski
translated translated by Soren Gauger
Seven Stories Press , October 2009

Wojciech Jagielski has already achieved recognition for his reporting from the most inflamed points on our globe. [This latest work] will only confirm his reputation. – Ryszard Kapuscinski
 
Travels with Herodotus

Travels with Herodotus

by Ryszard Kapuscinski
translated by Klara Glowczewska
Knopf , June 2007

Kapucinski saw more, and more clearly, than nearly any writer one can think to name. Few have written more beautifully of unspeakable things. Few have had his courage, almost none his talent. His books changed the way many of us think about nonfiction... When the last page of this book is turned, note how much smaller and colder the world now seems with Kapuscinski gone. – Tom Bissell, New York Times Book Review
 
The Other

The Other

by Ryszard Kapuscinski
translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Verso , October 2008

Looking at the concept of the Other through the lens of his own encounters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and considering its formative significance for his work, Kapuscinski traces how the West has understood the Other from classical times to colonialism, from the age of enlightenment to the postmodern global village.
 
Who Will Write Our History?: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (The Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies)

Who Will Write Our History?: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (The Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies)

by Samuel D. Kassow
Indiana University Press , July 2007

In 1940, the historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine organization in occupied Warsaw to study and document all facets of Jewish life in wartime Poland and to compile an archive that would preserve its history for posterity. The book tells the gripping story of a determination to use historical scholarship and the collection of documents to resist Nazi oppression. A stunning revelation of the enduring spirit of the decimated residents of the Warsaw Ghetto. – Rita Kohn, NUVO Weekly, August 8, 2007
 
They Called Me Mayer July. Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust

They Called Me Mayer July. Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust

by Mayer Kirshenblatt
University of California Press

It is best through personal stories that we can grasp the world of our fathers which the Nazis destroyed. Mayer Kirshenblatt has a unique gift for evocation of the past in his simple and beautiful paintings. Each one tells a story. Together they make up a world. – Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors: A joyous and deeply satisfying immersion in the lost world of prewar Poland Jewry. – Ann Kirschner, author of Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story
 
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?: 23 Questions from Great Philosophers

Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?:
23 Questions from Great Philosophers

by Leszek Kolakowski
translated by Agnieszka Kolakowska
Basic Books , November 2007

A tour of Western thought by one of the world's most eminent philosophers – in a book that fits in the palm of your hand. How can we know anything? Why is there evil in the world? What is the source of truth? Is it possible for God not to exist? Here Leszek Kolakowski explores the essence of these ideas, introducing figures from Socrates to Thomas Aquinas, Descartes to Nietzsche, by concentrating on one single important philosophical question from each.
 
The Woman from Hamburg and Other True Stories

The Woman from Hamburg and Other True Stories

by Hanna Krall
translated by Madeline G. Levine
Other Press , June 2005

Powerful, unadorned prose…a few simple words create thousands of indelible images. - Boston Globe
 
The Contract; A Life for a Life

The Contract; A Life for a Life

by Joseph S. Kutrzeba
iUniverse.com , November 2008

The book, based on the author's memoirs, relates the odyssey of a 13-year old boy in Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, who had joined the Resistance movement, later surviving several hair-raising escapes, until his liberation.
 
THE MERMAID AND THE MESSERSCHMITT: <br>WAR THROUGH A WOMAN'S EYES, 1939-1940

The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt:
War Through a Woman's Eyes, 1939-1940

by Rulka Langer
Aquila Polonica , September 2009

It is absolutely one of the best eye-witness accounts of WWII Poland that I’ve ever read.
- Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent and The Spies of Warsaw
 
The Pianist

The Pianist

by Roma Ligocka
St. Martin's Press , January 2000

 
The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat

by Roma Ligocka
St. Martin's Press , January 2002

 
A Concise history of Poland

A Concise History of Poland

by Jerzy Lukowski and Hubert Zawadzki
Cambridge University Press , January 2001

 
Legends of Modernity: Essays and Letters from Occupied Poland, 1942-1943

Legends of Modernity: Essays and Letters from Occupied Poland, 1942-1943

by Czeslaw Milosz, Jaroslaw Anders (Introduction), Madeline Levine (Translator)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux , September 2005

 
From Warsaw To Wherever

From Warsaw To Wherever

by Zygmunt Nagorski
SCARITH , April 2007

 
 The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changes the Course of World War II

The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changes the Course of World War II

by Andrew Nagorski
Simon & Schuster , September 2007

 
 The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

by Lynn H. Nicholas
First Vintage Books Edition , May 1995

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 1994
 
A Question of Honor<br>The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II

A Question of Honor
The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II

by Lynne Olson & Stanley Cloud
Alfred A. Knopf , January 2003

Olson and Cloud’s book is both a tribute to the Polish pilots and, more broadly, an eloquent indictment of the realpolitik that led Britain and America to turn their backs on Poland later in the war in a craven attempt to appease Stalin. - The Times of London
 
The Defeat of Solidarity<br>Anger and Politics in Postcommunist  Europe

The Defeat of Solidarity
Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe

by David Ost
Cornell University Press , January 2005

 
The Spring Will Be Ours: Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom

The Spring Will Be Ours: Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom

by Andrzej Paczkowski
Penn State University Press , January 2004

 
Monte Cassino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II

Monte Cassino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II

by Matthew Parker
Doubleday , January 2004

 
Solidarity's Secret. The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland

Solidarity's Secret. The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland

by Shana Penn
The University of Michigan Press , January 2005

 
A Traveller's History of Poland

A Traveller's History of Poland

by John Radzilowski
Interlink Books , January 2007

 
Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity

Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity

by Alexander B. Rossino
University Press of Kansas , January 2003

 
Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968

Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968

by Marci Shore
Yale University Press , April 2006

 
The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke

The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke

by Timothy Snyder
Basic Books , June 2008

In this exhilarating narrative history, prize-winning historian Timothy Snyder offers an indelible portrait of an aristocrat – the rebel among the Polish Habsburgs – whose life personifies the wrenching upheavals of the first half of the twentieth century, as the rule of empire gave way to the new politics of nationalism.

Enthralling…Out of the gaudy and changeful life of a man born into an era of transition and violence, Timothy Snyder has fashioned a powerful historical fable. - Christopher Clark, Times Literary Supplement
 
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

by Timothy Snyder
Basic Books , October 2010

Mass killing in Europe is usually associated with the Holocaust, and the Holocaust with rapid and industrial killing. The image is too simple and clean….

No matter which technology was used, the killing was personal. People who starved were observed, often from watchtowers, by those who denied them food. People who were shot were seen through the sights of rifles at very close range, or held by two men while a third placed a pistol at the base of the skull. People who were asphyxiated were rounded up, put on trains, and then rushed into the gas chambers. They lost their possessions and then their clothes and then, if they were women, their hair. Each one of them died a different death, since each one of them had lived a different life.

-Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands.
 
The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795

The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795

by Daniel Z. Stone
University of Washington Press , January 2001

 
World War II Through Polish Eyes

World War II Through Polish Eyes

by Maria Szonert-Binienda
Columbia University Press / East European Monographs , January 2002

 
Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia

Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia

by Wojciech Tochman
Atlas & Company , September 2008

A grim and compelling account of life after the war in Bosnia.

“This is reportage of the highest order – reportage that employs the specific to tell a universal truth. [A] profound meditation on the horrors of war, [Tochman’s] work is all the more powerful for leaving the answers to terrible questions hanging.” – Financial Times.

“[Tochman's] style is all the more powerful for its restraint: outrage speaks terribly for itself, needs no hype, no color.” – Sunday Times (UK)
 
Rediscovering Traces of Memory: <br>The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia

Rediscovering Traces of Memory:
The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia

by Jonathan Webber
photographs by Chris Schwarz

Indiana University Press , October 2009

A moving account of what is being done to preserve the memory of what was lost and of the people, both Poles and Jews, involved in this important undertaking. – Antony Polonsky
 
A Secret Life<br>The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country

A Secret Life:The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission,
and the Price He Paid to Save His Country

by Benjamin Weiser
PublicAffairs Books , January 2004

Thrilling not only in its chronicle of an honorable betrayal during the Cold War’s endgame but also in its portrait of the strangely loving epistolary relationship between the spy and his American handlers. - The New Yorker
 
Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences

Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences

by Lawrence Weschler
McSweeney's Publishing , October 2005

 
And Yet I Still Have Dreams: A Story of a Certain Loneliness

And Yet I Still Have Dreams: A Story of a Certain Loneliness

by Joanna Wiszniewicz
translated and with a foreword by Regina Grol
Northwestern University Press , December 2004

 
Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: History of a Conflict

Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: History of a Conflict

by Marcin Wodzinski
translated by Sarah Cozens with Agnieszka Mirowska
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization , August 2005

 
The Wall in My Head:<br>Words & Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain

The Wall in My Head:
Words & Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain
edited by Words without Borders

Open Letter Books , November 2009

The Wall in My Head is an exciting anthology of texts and images by writers and artists who witnessed the collapse of Communism firsthand and by those who grew up in its wake. Polish authors Zbigniew Herbert, Pawel Huelle, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Dorota Maslowska, and Andrzej Stasiuk are featured.

The editors have arranged these high-caliber works to create a tension between celebratory and somber writing, and that gives the book a touch of greatness.– The Brooklyn Rail
 
How We Found America: Reading Gender Through East-European Immigrant Narratives

How We Found America: Reading Gender Through East-European Immigrant Narratives

by Magdalena J. Zaborowska
University of North Carolina Press , January 1995

 
Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole

Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole

by Magdalena J. Zaborowska
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization , November 2004

 
1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

by Adam Zamoyski
Harper Collins , April 2004

 
Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna

Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna

by Adam Zamoyski
Harper Collins , July 2007

 
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