Vladka Meed Part 11: Bibliography and Further Reading

Because you know I didn’t get all that solely from our girl’s memoir. There are rather a lot of books listed here, so for your reference the books are separated into the following categories in the following order: Background(s), Holocaust, Warsaw Ghetto, Warsaw Uprising (1944) and Polish Underground, Gen. World War II, Cold War-Era, and Memory Studies.


Poland: The First Thousand Years by Patrice M. Dabrowski

God’s Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795 by Norman Davies

God’s Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present by Norman Davies

The Jews of East Central Europe between the World Wars (A Midland Book) by Ezra Mendelsohn

A History of Poland (Palgrave Essential Histories Series) by Anita J. Prazmowska


A History of the Holocaust (Single Title Social Studies) by Yehuda Bauer

The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers’ Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945 (Cultural Expressions) by Rachel Brenner

Holocaust: A History by Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt

Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination by Saul Friedlander

Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland by Jan Grabowski

The Holocaust in History (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry) by Michael R. Marrus

Am I A Murderer?: Testament Of A Jewish Ghetto Policeman by Calel Perechodnik, translated by Frank Fox

Judenrat: The Jewish Councils in Eastern Europe under Nazi Occupation Isaiah Trunk

Warsaw Ghetto

The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom (Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) by Adam Czerniakow, edited by Raul Hilberg

Five Years in the Warsaw Ghetto: The Stars Bear Witness (Nabat Series, Vol. 7) by Bernard Goldstein

Resistance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Israel Gutman

On Both Sides of the Wall: Memoirs from the Warsaw Ghetto by Vladka Meed

Secret City: The Hidden Jews of Warsaw, 1940–1945 by Gunnar S. Paulsson

Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto from the Journal of Emmanuel Ringelblum, translated and edited by Jacob Sloan

A Surplus of Memory: Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (A Centennial Book) by Yitzhak “Antek” Zuckerman

Warsaw Uprising (1944) and Polish Underground

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 by Wlodzimierz Borodziej

Rising ‘44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies

The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 by Joanna K. M. Hanson

Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World by Jan Karski

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Halik Kochanski

Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising by Alexandra Richie

Gen. World War II

Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower

Britain and Poland 1939-1943: The Betrayed Ally (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies) by Anita J. Prazmowska

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

Cold War-Era

Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 (The New Cold War History) by Patryk Babiracki

Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 (Cold War International History Project) by Paweł S Machcewicz

Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 by Marci Shore

Memory Studies

Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland by Robert Blobaum

Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation by Jan T. Gross

Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland by Jonathan Huener

The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe by Richard Ned Lebow and Wulf Kansteiner

Bondage To the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (Modern Jewish History) by Michael C. Steinlauf

For further book recommendations and Bibliographies, please see my Further Reading, Jewish History Bibliography, and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Historical Bibliography Pages. I am currently in the process of adding the above works to their respective reading lists…and probably reorganizing the Europe section.

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