Much of this book is about Poles and Jews as victims of Nazi policies of genocide. The author sets out to correct what he sees as tendentious and distorted versions of history that present the tragedy of the Jews as the Holocaust, and have made much of Polish anti-Semitism. He goes thoroughly into the evidence, but the tone is at times polemical, and we may expect the controversy to continue. The rest of the book, more than a mere chronicle of German atrocities, covers with a sure hand the main aspects of Poland's wartime experience-resistance, the Home Army, the underground, collaborators, the role of the communists-and concludes with the Warsaw Uprising.
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