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3.0 out of 5 stars Correction in paperback edition, December 14, 2008
This review is from: The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews (Paperback)
In my earlier review dated August 12, 2003, I noted the following error:

"Unfortunately, Duffy repeats (at page 232) an erroneous and long
since discredited accusation against General Tadeusz Bor-
Komorowski, commander of the Polish underground Home Army (Armia
Krajowa or AK): 'Indeed, General Bor-Komorowski, the AK's top
commander, issued an order on September 15, 1943, calling for the
extermination of Jewish partisan groups, which he regarded as bandits.'

"This allegation is false. General Bor-Komorowski did issue his
Order No. 116 of September 15, 1943, which ordered action against
bandits, but there was no mention whatsoever of Jews or Jewish
partisan groups."

I am pleased to report that this erroneous allegation has been removed from the paperback edition.

Charles Chotkowski
Fairfield, Conn.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2009 9:10:11 AM PST
Charles, thank you for this information.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 5:30:02 PM PDT
So, why three stars?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 3:10:31 PM PST
L'Idiot says:
But at last, it is well known that the AK was a nationalist group from the right wing of the resistance and many of their fighters and officers were notoriously anti-Semite. You should read "Surviving Treblinka" by Samuel Willenberg, a Jewish who survived Treblinka extermination camp and eventually escaped from this camp during its revolt in august 1943. He afterward joined the underground resistance in Warsaw and fought during the Warsaw uprising in 1944. He was enlisted by the AK but was shot at by some AK fellow fighters during a street fight against the germans, hopefully the bullets missed him. He then quit the AK and joined a little group of left wing resistants who accepted any fighters from any background. His story proves that the AK was not jewish friendly. According to Willenberg, the AK was anti-Semite and was not proud of its inaction regarding the extermination of the jewish people in the extermination camps and ghettos in Poland i.e. for the AK, a jewish dead was a jewish who couldn't tell the embarrassing truth anymore. A post-war Poland without any jews, would have been a Poland where the AK could have re-write its own version of "history", "heroism" and "resistance". But fortunately enough, such memoirs as Samuel Willenberg's one, re-establish the truth regarding some aspects of the polish Resistance.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 8:00:26 AM PDT
B. Koral says:
L'Idiot certainly lives up to his/her name, because that's what the post surely is - idiotic.

A small faction of the AK was nationalistic and "anti-Semitic." This was the Stricto Narodowe faction, or NSZ. They constantly engaged in violent clashes with Jewish partisan groups. This "Antisemitism" stemmed from Jewish collaboration with the Soviets, in which many Jews were "anti-Polish." Thus what comes around goes around.

L'Idiot (the idiot) never mentions the "Zegota" faction of the AK, whose primary purpose was to rescue Jews. Tell me L'Idiota, what did the other allied countries do to help Jews? O that's right, nothing.
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