Memoirs of the gallant but doomed 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis are extremely rare as few insurgents survived and most who did were to perish later at the hands of either the Russians or Nazis. This remarkable Journal, written shortly after the event, describes not only the author’s own experiences during the Uprising but the wider picture. With the Red Army’s arrival apparently imminent, the Polish Underground fighters decided to wage open warfare against the Nazi occupiers. This courageous decision was taken despite the Poles’ chronic shortage of arms, ammunition and medical support but in the expectation of the Russians relieving them gratefully for hastening the defeat of the Germans. However, with cruel and calculated cynicism, Stalin halted the offensive and let the uneven match be settled without their involvement. The outcome was inevitable; Warsaw was largely destroyed; the Polish men, women and children fighters crushed; and the Nazis weakened. The Red Army then moved in.
Never before published in English but acclaimed by readers and critics of the 2001 Polish edition, Warsaw 1944 – An Insurgent’s Journal of the Uprising captures the atmosphere of patriotism, courage and determination to succeed against overwhelming odds. It is a tragic yet inspiring story.