The list author says: "Warsaw (Warszawa) was by far the most destroyed European capital city in World War II. Most of the destruction of Warsaw was not caused by military action. It was an act of cultural genocide by the Germans who, for no military reason whatsoever, after the fall of the Soviet-betrayed Warsaw Uprising, drove out the population and systematically burned and blew-up Warsaw's remaining buildings. This inflicted irreplaceable cultural losses.
My Listmania is organized as follows: The first listed book describes pre-WWII Warsaw. The next three books focus on the Germans destroying Warsaw and her treasures. The following three books deal with Jews hiding in Warsaw's ruins. The remaining books are mainly about the Poles' efforts to save precious items from the depradations of the Germans, followed by the rebuilding of Warsaw, almost from scratch, as soon as the Germans were driven out by the new occupants--the Soviets.
The rebuilding of Warsaw seemed an impossible task. Yet it was done. Learn how the survivors eked out a living in the ruins, and how Warsaw, like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, gradually came back to life.
I have written detailed reviews of all the books below, including the Polish-language ones.
"THE LOSS OF POLISH LIBRARIES DURING WORLD WAR II. The Germans systematically burned Warsaw's main libraries and archives, causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable cultural-historical items. This was a clear act of cultural genocide."
"A short, German-language work which includes a chapter describing such things as the burning of the Krasinski Library by the Germans, and the resulting loss of irreplaceable handwritten manuscripts and early-print materials."
"THE STRUGGLE TO SAVE WARSAW'S CULTURAL GOODS, 1939-1945, is the title of this Polish-language book. It presents many details of the Germans' burning of Warsaw's main libraries, and how Poles worked tirelessly to rescue a few of the cultural treasures from the depredations of the Germans."
"This book puts the destruction of Warsaw's cultural treasures by the Germans, which it doesn't mention, into the broader context of similar, though lesser, barbarities conducted elsewhere in German-occupied Europe."
"A Polish/English book on the reconstruction of the Royal Castle in central Warsaw. It had been destroyed by the Germans as a symbol of Polish statehood, and the Communists were equally reluctant to have it rebuilt. Not until the 1970's was it reconstructed."