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Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero Paperback – August 19, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn; Revised edition (August 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843410575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843410577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Galen M. Ozawa on March 19, 2013
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This book has several parts. First, there is the story of a very special bear at a time of great hardship for Polish soldiers. Second, is the story of trying to establish a memorial to this bear. Third is the story of the struggle of the Polish people to survive. This is a book of true events and holds your interest to the end and tells why Wojtek the Bear is such a symbol struggle and strength.
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Being of Polish heritage I became interested in this story since I had never heard of it before. The author included a lot of historical background which gave me more of an insight at what was happening in all of Europe during this period. A great read.
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This is a wonderful read of when the Polish troops adopted a bear during WWII.
Enjoyed learning about this true story. I hope they make a movie about Wojtek the bear one day.
I will purchase this book as gifts in the near future, also. Would recommend this book to friends.
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A heartwarming story about a bear who as a cub was a gift from God to Polish soldiers scattered across Europe,the Middle East and Russia and who were fighting for freedom while their country was tossed aside at Yalta. If Wojtek was with American soldiers, you can bet there would already have been multiple Hollywood movies and plays about him, as well as countless statues throughout the states. Every child would be taught about him in schools, especially about his exploits in carrying artillery shells up the hill at Monte Cassino to help the Poles wrest the stronghold from the well-fortified German soldiers. Perhaps, it is not too late for that. His story of the human condition, the tragedy of war and the transcendence of love, even between a soldier bear and his beloved Polish soldiers. should touch every human heart.
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All history teachers should assign this book in middle to early high school years. Not just for the sad and poignant story of this marvelous animal but that of the history of the Soldiers story too and both men and women alike. Everyone should know and what better story than a true one that brings your own human emotions to the front so that it's reinforced so you don't so easily forget. I wish some of the great directors had figured out a way to make this into a movie and kept to the true story lines of history. Though it can tear you up and make you cry....think of how it was for those soldiers to have to let Wojtek go. And themselves to never really go home. As one person put it in a Documentary DVD made about this bear towards the end...most of the men died on English soil as they never got the freedom they fought so hard for along with the bear. The Polish freedom didn't come as he put it until 1989 when Russia's wall of isolation fell. If you don't want to read the book look for the DVD. Out of stock or print here on Amazon but search elsewhere or see if your public library can get a copy on loan. Teachers show the DVD or better yet have your class read this book. (There are a few other books out there but some are more cute than sticking to the full history of men and bear and that time. The bear lived until 1963 and died at age 21 years old. He understood and recognized the Polish language and was thought not to do so well with English where he ended up in the Scotland Zoo. At the time after world war 2 these countries were very poor and no one felt they could take the bear in and England told the men they would take the men but not the bear....so well read the book or at very least catch the DVD on PBS or hunt down a copy. Great history! Great humanity! History that should not be kept alive.
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