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Shielding the Flame: An Intimate Conversation With Dr. Marek Edelman, the Last Surviving Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Shielding the Flame: An Intimate Conversation With Dr. Marek Edelman, the Last Surviving Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
By Hanna Krall
Henry Holt, 1986, 124 pp
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Recollections and reflections of a Jewish physician on the fate of Warsaw's Jews in World War II and on his own role, brilliantly reported by a Polish Jewish journalist. The conversation is personal, philosophical, at times almost surrealistic, revealing of the horrors of the time, the agonizing choices in the looming presence of almost certain death, and the complex relations of Jew, Pole and German. The original work was published in Poland in 1977 and widely read.