Warsaw is My Country : : The Story of Krystyna Bierzynska, 1928-1945 / / Beth Holmgren.

This book tells the story of Krystyna Bierzyńska, an acculturated Polish Jew, from her birth in Warsaw in 1928 up to the war's end in May 1945, when she was reunited with her brother, Dolek, an officer in the Polish II Corps. Bierzyńska not only survived the Holocaust due in large part to the e...

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Superior document:Title is part of eBook package: De Gruyter Academic Studies Press Complete eBook-Package 2018
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Place / Publishing House:Boston, MA : : Academic Studies Press, , [2018]
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Year of Publication:2018
Language:English
Series:Jews of Poland
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Physical Description:1 online resource (132 p.)
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Other title:Frontmatter --
Contents --
Dedication --
Acknowledgments --
List of Illustrations --
Introduction --
1. Under the Portrait of Gustawa --
2. Being a Bierzyński --
3. Warsaw before the War, 1928-1939 --
4. A Citizen of the World --
5. Warsaw: Invasion and Occupation, 1939-1940 --
6. Learning the Life of a Fugitive, 1940-1942 --
7. Warsaw: A Conspiratorial Identity, 1942-1944 --
8. The 1944 Warsaw Uprising --
9. A Polish Prisoner of War, 1944-1945 --
10. A Family Pact --
11. Krystyna Bierzyńska in Polish History --
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Summary:This book tells the story of Krystyna Bierzyńska, an acculturated Polish Jew, from her birth in Warsaw in 1928 up to the war's end in May 1945, when she was reunited with her brother, Dolek, an officer in the Polish II Corps. Bierzyńska not only survived the Holocaust due in large part to the extraordinary efforts of her parents, blood relatives, and surrogate Christian family, but also served as a 16-year-old orderly in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Hers is a Warsaw story, a biography that demonstrates how, in urban interwar Poland, the lives of liberal educated Catholics and acculturated, unconverted Jews significantly overlapped. Co-creating the culture and developing the economy and industries of independent Poland, acculturated Jews at last dared to believe that they qualified as Polish citizens and patriots. Bierzyńska's story details her experience of two very different Warsaws: a cosmopolitan oasis of high culture, modern amenities, and tolerance, and an occupied capital intoxicated and united by conspiracy, where the residents joined together to overthrow a common enemy.
Format:Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
ISBN:9781618117601
9783110688184
DOI:10.1515/9781618117601
Access:restricted access
Hierarchical level:Monograph
Statement of Responsibility: Beth Holmgren.