The Phoenix Rises: Warsaw Rebuilt From Scratch (Warszawa Odbudowana)

A Listmania! list by Jan Peczkis "Scholar and Thinker" (Chicago IL, USA)
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.

Dla Polakow: Czytaj jak Warszawa Odbudowana.
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Warsaw Between the World Wars
1.  Warsaw Between the World Wars by Edward D. Wynot
The list author says:
  "What was lost: A detailed mini-encyclopedia of pre-WWII Warsaw."
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Warsaw Aflame: The 1939-1945 Years
2.  Warsaw Aflame: The 1939-1945 Years by Leszek Szymanski
The list author says:
  "Includes a detailed account of the systematic destruction of Warsaw, by the Germans, after the fall of the Warsaw Uprising."
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Straty bibliotek polskich w czasie II wojny swiatowej (Seria A, Straty kultury polskiej) (Polish Edition)
3.  Straty bibliotek polskich w czasie II wojny swiatowej (Seria A, Straty kultury polskiej) (Polish Edition) by Barbara Bieńkowska
The list author says:
  "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."
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Displaced Books: NS-Raubgut in der Universitätsbibliothek Marburg (Schriften der Universtitätsbibliothek Marburg, 127)
4.  Displaced Books: NS-Raubgut in der Universitätsbibliothek Marburg (Schriften der Universtitätsbibliothek Marburg, 127) 
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Stars Bear Witness
5.  The Stars Bear Witness by Bernard Goldstein
The list author says:
  "A Jewish perspective of hiding and survival amidst the ruins after the Polish population had been driven out by the Germans after the surrender of the Warsaw Uprising."
$29.45   Used & New from: $22.90
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In the Ruins of Warsaw Streets
6.  In the Ruins of Warsaw Streets by Gavriʾel Severin
The list author says:
  "Another Jewish account of hiding from the Germans amidst Warsaw's ruins, and observing how the Germans were destroying the remainder of the city."
$9.95   Used & New from: $8.19
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Liliana's journal: Warsaw 1939-1945
7.  Liliana's journal: Warsaw 1939-1945 by Liliana Zuker-Bujanowska
The list author says:
  "A Jewish perspective of life in immediate-postwar Praga, the less severely destroyed (right bank) eastern part of Warsaw."
Used & New from: $0.80
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Walka o Dobra Kultury, Warszawa 1939-1945: Ksiega zbiorowa (Biblioteka Syrenki)
8.  Walka o Dobra Kultury, Warszawa 1939-1945: Ksiega zbiorowa (Biblioteka Syrenki) 
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
9.  The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas
The list author says:
  "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."
$14.20   Used & New from: $2.25
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Warsaw, a city destroyed and rebuilt
10.  Warsaw, a city destroyed and rebuilt by Adolf Ciborowski
The list author says:
  "An outstanding, English-language single-volume encyclopedic account of the rebuilding of Warsaw."
Used & New from: $38.76
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Warszawa w latach 1944-1949: Odbudowa (Dzieje Warszawy) (Polish Edition)
11.  Warszawa w latach 1944-1949: Odbudowa (Dzieje Warszawy) (Polish Edition) by Jan Górski
The list author says:
  "WARSAW IN THE YEARS 1945-1949. A detailed account of the rebuilding of Warsaw."
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Stare Miasto w Warszawie. Odbudowa
12.  Stare Miasto w Warszawie. Odbudowa by Ministerstwo Kultury i Sztuki
The list author says:
  "THE OLD TOWN IN WARSAW, REBUILDING. The painstaking reconstruction of Warsaw's historic center (Stare Miasto, or Old Town) after it had been almost completely destroyed by the Germans."
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Warszawski Zamek Krolewski [The Royal Castle in Warsaw]
13.  Warszawski Zamek Krolewski [The Royal Castle in Warsaw] by Maria & Andrzej Szypowscy
The list author says:
  "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."
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Warszawa (Polish Edition)
14.  Warszawa (Polish Edition) by Edward Hartwig
The list author says:
  "Just one of many picture books on modern, flourishing Warsaw."
Used & New from: $34.99
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Jan Peczkis "Scholar and Thinker" (Chicago IL, USA)
Qualifications: An avid student of history, especially Polish history.
Last updated: 2/15/15
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