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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652295272
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652295279
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is one which imbues pride in Jews across the world. What happened from January to April 1943 has become a symbol of heroism throughout the globe. But for Moshe Arens, the real story of what happened has never been told until now. --Jewish Telegraph June 2013

I believe this book is a must for anyone interested in understanding the resistance movement in Europe and the subsequent establishment of the modern state of Israel. Beitar and the fighters of the Irgun and Lehi got shoved into oblivion. Jabotisnsky and Begin are the only names that survived. But wait until you read Arenss book. It will blow your mind. --Livio Rosenberg, Goodreads member

About the Author

Moshe Arens held the following positions; Israeli Ambassador to the Unites States, 1982, Israel Defense Minister, 1983, as well as 19901992 Israel Foreign Minister, 19881990.

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The book was very well written.
Curtis Hedgepeth
The book chron­i­cles how two groups of Jews were pre­vented by ide­ol­ogy to join and fight the Nazi mur­der machine.
Man of La Book
Readers will learn much generally unknown information about the Second World War by reading this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Kunikov VINE VOICE on April 22, 2012
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Although literature on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising is somewhat plentiful, including historical monographs and eye-witness accounts from survivors, Moshe Arens presents a new narrative of the uprising with a group of Jews that has often gone ignored in many accounts of the revolt. At times it is amazing to see that even in the face of death and wholesale slaughter, Jews were still letting political and ideological dogma steer them into noncooperation with other Jews that might have resulted in lives saved and further damage inflicted on the enemy. But in the end, that is the real story of the uprising. Arens devotes two thirds of the book (some 200 pages) to the lead up to the uprising painting a portrait of the war and the various Jewish organizations active throughout Poland and Palestine at the time. While some truly despised each other, Warsaw was one of the few places that saw that split continue even as tens of thousands of Jews were being transported to their death at Treblinka. Arens provides evidence that Jews in other ghettos were able to put their differences aside and participate in actions against the Germans together, but the history of the Warsaw ghetto seemed to prevent that from happening.

In many ways Arens seems to point to the ZZW (the organization often omitted from, and at times even vilified in, recollections and histories of the uprising) as the more organized, trained, and armed formation within the confines of the Warsaw Ghetto. Additionally, they created two tunnels to the Aryan side through which they regularly received weapons and training.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Man of La Book on April 20, 2012
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Flags Over the War­saw Ghetto: The Untold Story of the War­saw Ghetto Upris­ing by Moshe Arens is an impor­tant non-fiction book about this famous event. The book is by no means an intro­duc­tory text book on the sub­ject and should not be treated as such as the reader must have some prior knowl­edge of these his­tor­i­cal events.

Moshe Arens, for­mer Ambas­sador to the U.S., Israeli Defense Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter, tells the story of the upris­ing in War­saw Ghetto which the his­tory books have missed. Inter­est­ingly enough, the upris­ing started on the eve of the Jew­ish hol­i­day of Passover, a hol­i­day known as cel­e­brat­ing liberation.

More than any­thing, the book tells of the inabil­ity of humans to set aside ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences to fight a com­mon enemy. The book chron­i­cles how two groups of Jews were pre­vented by ide­ol­ogy to join and fight the Nazi mur­der machine. The two orga­ni­za­tions were the Jew­ish Fight­ing Orga­ni­za­tion (ZOB), led by Mordechai Anielewicz, and the Jew­ish Mil­i­tary Orga­ni­za­tion (ZZW), led by Pawel Frenkel didn't real­ize that dur­ing that time, their ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences were largely irrelevant.

Arens states that the dif­fer­ent groups were also divided among them­selves. Reli­gious and sec­u­lar Jews, nation­al­ists and assim­i­la­tion­ists as well as Zion­ists and anti-Zionists. Even the Zion­ist move­ment was torn apart from within by the main­stream labor group and the mil­i­tant Revi­sion­ists who were fol­low­ers of Zeev Jabotin­sky - a rift that began at the World Zion­ist Con­gress in 1931 and became worst after the assas­si­na­tion of Labor Zion­ist leader Chaim Arlozo­roff on a Tel Aviv beach in 1933.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shuffy2 on January 31, 2012
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Arens offers a stunning and informative look at the true events of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising!

During WWII when some 380,000 Jews were walled up inside a mere 1.3 square mile area in the city of Warsaw, there were those inside the 'death trap' that stood up and fought back. This is their story. For a long time, the full account of the events that transpired was incomplete; many heroic deeds were omitted or forgotten until recently. Finally, the brave men and women who held off the German army for months, have a voice!

This book is not for people looking for a light read! It contains a lot of information but it is presented in a way that people can relate to- it is not wordy and superfluous- however it is a heavy topic. I would recommend 'Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto' to people who are interested in the Holocaust and WWII
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naftali on November 25, 2012
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Until I read this book, I did not fully realize that there were two Jewish fighting organizations in the Warsaw Ghetto. The main accounts of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising were John Hershey's The Wall and Leon Uris' Mila 18. However, Dan Kurtzman's book The Bravest Battle does make mention of this second group. Aren's give a longer account of the Revisionist fighting group and the differences which prevented them from having a common front against the Germans with the Bundist and Socialist Zionist groups. This book should be read by everyone who is interested in the Jewish resistance groups who fought against the Nazis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Mack on September 25, 2012
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Moshe Arens has emerged as a pioneer historian in his account of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. He is the first historian to try and tell of the events, involvement and roles played by the two major Jewish resistance fighting organisations (the ZOB and the ZZW), with no other motive than to try and paint a picture of what actually happened. Previous accounts have either been written about either one organization or the other, or more importantly about the ZOB, while completely ignoring the major role of the ZZW. This is due to the intense political rivalry that existed and irreconcilable differences between the two organizations even though they were fighting for the same common cause. It was also due the fact that only fighters from the ZOB survived after the war resulting in them purposely ignoring the role of the ZZW when giving their accounts of events. Arens even questions as to why they could not unite and fight as a unified resistance organisation.

The book begins with life in Warsaw pre-1935 outlining the roles of the major Jewish underground organizations in Poland, while also touching on events in Vilna. Some of the movements were trying to recruit Jews to Palestine and set up a Jewish homeland - the most noteworthy being the IZL headed by Jabotinsky - while others were intent on supporting the war effort of the Polish resistant movements against the Germans. Preparations for the uprising as well as a detailed account of the uprising are discussed in details before Arens aims at trying to "Setting the Record Straight". Also included as appendices are Jurgen Stroop's `Daily Reports' and his `Summary Report', both of which were written at the time of the Uprising, as well as the `Wiesbaden Report' written by Stroop some 3 years later while apprehended by American forces.
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