- Hardcover: 253 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1St Edition edition (October 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023107882X
- ISBN-13: 978-0231078825
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fighting Back: A Memoir of Jewish Resistance in World War II 1St Edition Edition
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The Jewish partisan unit to which Werner, who died in 1989, belonged--some 400 men and women led by a man named Chiel Grynszpan--operated in the woods of eastern Poland during WW II. Grynszpan's guerrillas performed acts of sabotage against the Germans (blowing up trains, convoys, bridges) and rescued Jews from the Wlodawa ghetto. When the Germans retreated, the Jewish partisans executed Polish civilians who had betrayed Jews in hiding to the Germans during the occupation. The most awesome aspect of this memoir is its stark depiction of the ferocious Polish anti-Semitism before and during the war. Nor did it abate after the war. Werner, who emigrated to the U.S., learned that two of his brothers had been clubbed to death by villagers when they returned to their homes. Told in simple, direct, unemotional language, the book is a valuable document that preserves a record of successful Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. Photos.
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A tale of astonishing success--the small groups slowly grew, joined with other groups, and became a partisan force able to blow up bridges, attack German convoys, rescue other Jews, and exact revenge for earlier betrayals . . . This account has the authority of unvarnished human testimony; Mr. Werner's matter-of-fact tone makes the story he tells all the more horrifying.
"A tale of astonishing success--the small groups slowly grew, joined with other groups, and became a partisan force able to blow up bridges, attack German convoys, rescue other Jews, and exact revenge for earlier betrayals... This account has the authority of unvarnished human testimony; Mr. Werner's matter-of-fact tone makes the story he tells all the more horrifying." -- "The New Yorker" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Just today I read of the struggles of Kurdish men and women to protect their homes and loved ones, and it is the same as the Jews had in Poland more than 70 years ago. Now, at least, we offer air strikes but no country seems to be supplying the Kurds with the arms they need.
Werner's memoir is historical, picturesque, and horribly current.