poland at war 1939-1945 resources

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Articles & Documentation




Articles & Documents


  1. Adamczyk, Wesley. When God Looked the Other Way: An Odyssey of War, Exile, and Redemption. 2004.
  2. Central Commission for the Investigation of German Crimes in Poland. German Crimes in Poland. Howard Fertig, New York, 1981.
  3. Borowski, Tadeusz & Vedder, Barbara. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. Penguin Books, 1992.
  4. Czech, Danuta. Auschwitz Chronicle, 1939–1945. New York: Henry Holt, 1990.
  5. Chodakiewicz, Marek Jan. Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947. Lexington Books, 2004.
  6. Garlinski, Jozef. Fighting Auschwitz: The Resistance Movement in the Concentration Camp. Fawcett, 1975. Reprinted by Time Life Education, 1993.
  7. Gumkowski, Janusz & Leszczynski, Kazimierz. Poland Under Nazi Occupation. Polonia Publishing House, 1961.
  8. Herling, Gustaw. A World Apart : Imprisonment in a Soviet Labor Camp During World War II. Penguin, 1996.
  9. Hergt, Claus. Exiled to Siberia. Crescent Lake Publishing, 2000.
  10. Kizny, Tomasz. Gulag: Life and Death Inside the Soviet Concentration Camps 1917-1990. Firefly Books Ltd., 2004.
  11. Klukowski, Zygmunt. Diary from the Years of Occupation 1939-44. University of Illinois Press, 1993.
  12. Krolikowski, Lucian & Rozniatowski, Kazimierz J. Stolen Childhood: A Saga of Polish War Children. Authors Choice Press, 2001.
  13. Lukas, Richard C. Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians Remember The Nazi Occupation. University Press of Kansas, 2004.
  14. Lukas, Richard C. Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation 1939–1944. Hippocrene Books, 2001.
  15. Lukas, Richard C. Did the Children Cry: Hitler's War Against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-1945. Hippocrene Books, 2001.
  16. Lukas, Richard C. Out of the Inferno: Poles Remember the Holocaust. University Press of Kentucky, 1989.
  17. Malcher, George C. Blank Pages: Soviet Genocide Against the Polish People. Pyrford Press, 1993.
  18. Majer, Diemut & Hill, Peter Thomas & Humphrey, Edward Vance & Levin, Brian. Non-Germans under the Third Reich: The Nazi Judicial and Administrative System in Germany and Occupied Eastern Europe, with Special Regard to Occupied Poland, 1939-1945. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
  19. Piekarski, Kon. Escaping Hell: The Story of a Polish Underground Officer in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Dundurn Press, 1989.
  20. Piotrowski, Stanislaw. Hans Frank's Diary. Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe. Warsaw.
  21. Piotrowski, Tadeusz. The Polish Deportees of World War II: Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World. McFarland & Company, 2004.
  22. Piotrowski, Tadeusz. Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn: Recollections of the Ukrainian Nationalist Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against the Poles During World War II. McFarland & Company, 2000.
  23. Piotrowski, Tadeusz. Vengeance of the Swallows: Memoir of a Polish Family's Ordeal Under Soviet Aggression, Ukrainian Ethnic Cleansing and Nazi Enslavement, and Their Emigration to America. McFarland & Company, 1995.
  24. Piotrowski, Tadeusz. Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration With Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947. McFarland & Company, 1987.
  25. Potawska, Wanda. Craig, Mary (translator). And I Am Afraid of My Dreams. Hippocrene Books, 1989.
  26. Siedlecki, Janusz Nel, & Olszewski, Krystyn Olszewski, Borowski, Tadeusz. We Were in Auschwitz. Welcome Rain, 2000.
  27. Stachura, Peter D. Poland, 1918-1945: An Interpretive and Documentary History of the Second Republic. Routledge, 2004.
  28. Szonert-Binienda, Maria. World War II through Polish Eyes. East European Monographs, 2002.
  29. Wiernicki, John. War in the Shadow of Auschwitz: Memoirs of a Polish Resistance Fighter and Survivor of the Death Camps. Syracuse University Press, 2001.
  30. Wituska, Krystyna & Tomaszewski, Irene. I Am First a Human Being: The Prison Letters of Krystyna Wituska. Vehicule Press, 1997.
  31. Wytwycky, Bohdan. The Other Holocaust: Many Circles of Hell. Washington, D.C.: Novak Report, 1980.
  32. Zawodny, Janusz Kazimierz. Death in the Forest: The Story of the Katyn Forest Massacre. Hippocrene Books, 1988.

Katyn Forest Massacre
Photographs of the Katyn Forest massacre location near Smolensk where in the Spring of 1940 Soviet Union's NKVD murdered thousands of Polish POW officers. Most of these photographs were taken by the Germans and published in: Der Massenmord in Walde von Katyn Ein Tatsachenbericht (The Massacre in the Katyn Forest an Examination of the Evidence), Germany, 1943.

Genocide of Poles by Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA)
Selection of photographic documentation of genocide committed by Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) on Christian Poles in the eastern territories of Poland during the German occupation 1942-1944. All photographs and captions: Korman, Aleksander. Genocide of UIA on the Polish People. Wydawnictwo Nortom, Wroclaw 2003.


Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
The official website of the State Memorial and Museum.

Electronic Museum
Unique collection of information, documents, photographs related, among others, to Katyn massacre and Soviet deportations of Polish nationals to Siberia during 1939-1941.

Escaping Hell
A personal story of the Polish underground member who endured five years in German/Nazi concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

The General Langfitt Story
Polish refugees in Australia recount their experiences of Soviet deportations to Siberia, exile, dispersal and resettlement.

Hitler's Plans for Eastern Europe
German genocidal WWII policies and plans for Poland and Eastern Europe. A Northeastern University's Holocaust Awareness Committee web page containing selections from Janusz Gumkowkski and Kazimierz Leszczynski book Poland Under Nazi Occupation.

Kresy Siberia Group
Dedicated to researching, remembering and recognising the Polish citizens deported, enslaved and killed by the Soviet Union during World War II.

The Last Expression Art and Auschwitz
The online exhibition of art created by the Auschwitz inmates. It contains essays, interviews with survivor artists, artist biographies and a search page to search the archive of art.

National Stutthof Museum
Stutthof, a German/Nazi camp, established mainly for extermination of Polish intelligentsia from incorporated into Germany Danzig and Pomorze Regions.

Nazi Medical Experiments in Ravensbruck
A case study of WWII German/Nazi pseudo-medical experiments conducted on 74 Polish political prisoners in women's concentration camp in Ravensbruck. Contains detailed information about the experiments, the victims and the perpetrators, the aftermath: Nazi doctors at the Nuremberg trial, bibliography and related website links.

Non-Jewish Holocaust Victims
Website explores the history of 5 million non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust including Poles, Gypsies, Jehovah Witnesses, disabled, homosexuals, Afro-Europeans. Includes articles, personal stories, photographs, related book and video listings.

Polish Institute for National Remembrance
The primary state institution in Poland responsible for: prosecuting the crimes committed against Polish citizens during the 1939-1988; managing the archives, and providing public education.

Red Run the Vistula: The Warsaw Uprising of 1944
An American RadioWorks hour-long radio documentary about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. In addition to program's streaming audio and its transcript, it includes photographs, testimonies, and list of resources.

Saving Jews: Righteous Poles
Well-researched database of Polish Christians who during WWII (1939-1945) lost their lives saving Polish Jews as well as the list of the Polish rescuers recognized by Yad Vashem as 'Righteous Among the Nations'.

The Soviet Invasion of Poland During WWII
Website explores the fate of Polish citizens who, as a result of the Hitler-Stalin pact of August 1939, lived under the Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland between September 17, 1939 and June 21, 1941. An estimated 1.7 million Polish citizens were deported to Siberian gulags, out of which, 1.2 million never returned.

State Museum at Majdanek
The official website of the State Museum at Majdanek, place of the second largest German/Nazi death camp in Europe after Auschwitz.

Warsaw Uprising 1944
Has comprehensive materials on the Warsaw Uprising 1944 including photographs, movie clips, timeline, FAQs, witness testimonies, resource page listing related books, documents, articles, videos, links to relevant websites, etc.