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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

LJ 's reviewer stated that this was "the first nonfiction attempt at a daily account of one of the most stirring battles in history" ( LJ 10/1/76). Kurzman reconstructs the events through interviews, documents, and diaries to present a firsthand accounting. The popularity of the film Schindler's List will no doubt generate renewed interest in all aspects of the Holocaust. For most libraries.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dan Kurzman, former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, is the award-winning author of sixteen highly acclaimed books, including Fatal Voyage and Bravest Battle. He lives in New Jersey.

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A powerful story, well told, that will make you cry and stir all of the rest of your emotions.
J. Carey
Some of the memories must be a bit colored with time, but it's clear that Mr. Kurzman was very thorough in his research and pulled from many sources.
Grant Fritchey
Kurzman tells the story of the Jewish resisters in Warsaw during the "Grossaktion"- the final rounding up and extermination of so many Polish Jews.
David Grim

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Smith on January 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
This historical account of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during WWII is absolutely astounding. A must-read, even for those who dislike reading about history. More importantly, it describes an amazing series of events that we, as a society, cannot let be forgotten. The sheer heroism and endurance of the ghetto fighters is a testament to the strength of the human spirit under times of duress such as we cannot imagine.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Grim on March 7, 2002
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Despite my many years of companionship with Jewish friends, and a few stints working at JCC youth camps, my friend's comment was one that I might have made before reading this excellently written and incisive book. Kurzman tells the story of the Jewish resisters in Warsaw during the "Grossaktion"- the final rounding up and extermination of so many Polish Jews. The stories of individual courage, sacrifice, and heroism moved me in a way I could never have foreseen. Yes this book is one-sided (as another reviewer critiqued), but how could it be otherwise? The mercilessness with which the Germans pursued their quarry will never be matched, and an empathy for their motives would almost by necessity ring false. To view the real heroes (who make difficult and sometimes flawed choices along the way that expose them as the humans they are) of this book is to be enlightened about the Jewish history and character that we so rarely have an opportunity to experience through the mainstream media. If you seek an account of the almost impossible ways that people react to extreme oppression and terror, and the incredible resourcefulness that a people are capable of, then you will do well to read this book
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Chips on March 28, 2004
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I was inspired to pick up this book after seeing Polanski's "The Pianist." This book is an overview of the Warsaw Uprising (the first one occurring in the Jewish Ghetto in 1943).
Through what must have been exhaustive interviews with the survivors, many of whom may no longer be alive, Kurzman meticulously provides the details of the inspiring 28-day uprising, but in such a way as to absolutely captivate the reader. There may be biases or omissions of which I am not aware, but there was enough to give me a broad background on the uprising and its context -- and to keep me riveted on the struggle.
One disappointment was the production values of the 1993 Da Capo Press edition, which is a republication of Putnam's 1976 edition. From the look of the type and photos, it appears they may have actually shot the plates for the present edition from a printed copy of the original edition! -- the photos especially are of unforgivably poor quality.
But this doesn't detract from the tale of the uprising, which is told with compassion, and absorbed me totally for the better part of the 2 days it took to finish.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dutch on October 6, 2006
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Dan Kurzman is one of the best authors I have read on many subjects. The Bravest Battle is the only work that clearly outlines the historical struggle of the Warsaw Ghetto. The book clearly shows this struggle was NOT a revolution, and NOT a fight for freedom. The fight was to send a message to the world that Jews will fight for their dignity. Kurzman spent much time with the few survivors of the battle. He obtained first-hand accounts from the participants. If you enjoy this you will also enjoy his book Gensis 1948. This book will cure the amnesia that plagues the world in recent times about why Israel exists.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on March 18, 2008
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In this volume Dan Kurzman produces a comprehensive step-by-step, detailed, stirring, engaging and heartrending account of the Warsaw Ghetto
Uprisings.
When the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began on April 19, 1943, more than 300 000 ghetto inhabitants had already perished in the gas chambers of Treblinka.
As the author describes the 28 day battle of the ZOB and Betarist ZZW ended 2 000 years of Jewish submission to brutal persecution, pogroms and finally genocide, an iron will to survive that five years later would find expression in the reborn State of Israel.
65 years after the valour of the doomed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto echoed across Warsaw, the determination of the Jews to fight back against their murderers, against those who would destroy them, echoes in the Middle East.
Kurzman provides a day by day account of the 28 day struggle for survival.

The book focuses on the sadistic SS-Gruppenführer Jurgen Stroop, who led the attack of the Nazi forces on the Warsaw Ghetto, and on Mordechai Anielewicz, a leader of the Zionist-socialist youth movement Hashomer Hatzair and and Commander in Chief of the Jewish fighting Organization (ZOB).
Other heroes of the uprising included Captain Henryk Iwanski, the Polish Home Officer who gave all to help the Jews, and lost a son during the fighting.
He supported the ¯ydowski Zwi¹zek Wojskowy (¯ZW), the Jewish Military Union, led by such great men as Pawel Frankel and David Appelbaum.
The book details how the ZOB and ZZW fought valiantly to avenge those who had been murdered, and their many surprise attacks on the Nazi forces.

We also learn how the British and American governments refused to help the besieged Jews of the Ghetto in any way.
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