Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood

Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood

Warsaw Boy A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood Warsaw Boy is the remarkable true story of a sixteen year old boy soldier in war torn Poland The best ever account of what is was like to be young and fighting in the Warsaw Rising Neal Ascherson Sun

  • Title: Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood
  • Author: Andrew Borowiec
  • ISBN: 9780241964033
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • Warsaw Boy is the remarkable true story of a sixteen year old boy soldier in war torn Poland The best ever account of what is was like to be young and fighting in the Warsaw Rising Neal Ascherson, Sunday Herald, Books of the YearPoland suffered terribly under the Nazis By the end of the war six million had been killed some were innocent civilians half of them were JewWarsaw Boy is the remarkable true story of a sixteen year old boy soldier in war torn Poland The best ever account of what is was like to be young and fighting in the Warsaw Rising Neal Ascherson, Sunday Herald, Books of the YearPoland suffered terribly under the Nazis By the end of the war six million had been killed some were innocent civilians half of them were Jews but the rest died as a result of a ferocious guerrilla war the Poles had waged.On 1 August 1944 Andrew Borowiec, a fifteen year old volunteer in the Resistance, lobbed a grenade through the shattered window of a Warsaw apartment block onto some German soldiers running below I felt I had come of age I was a soldier and I d just tried to kill some of our enemies.The Warsaw Uprising lasted for 63 days Himmler described it as the worst street fighting since Stalingrad Yet for the most part the insurgents were poorly equipped local men and teenagers some of them were even younger than Andrew.Over that summer Andrew faced danger at every moment, both above and below ground as the Poles took to the city s sewers to creep beneath the German lines during lulls in the fierce counterattacks Wounded in a fire fight the day after his sixteenth birthday and unable to face another visit to the sewers, he was captured as he lay in a makeshift cellar hospital wondering whether he was about to be shot or saved Here he learned a lesson there were decent Germans as well as bad.From one of the most harrowing episodes of the Second World War, this is an extraordinary tale of survival and defiance recounted by one of the few remaining veterans of Poland s bravest summer Andrew Borowiec dedicates this book to all the Warsaw boys, especially those who never grew up A subtle, well observered autobiography Beautifully paced The Times A timely, angry, terribly moving and drily amusing account of an especially dark period in Poland s often tragic history Telegraph Excellent, hugely engaging For all the horrors that Borowiec describes, his is an affectionate, wryly amusing account puntuated by episodes of warmth and humanity Financial TimesAndrew Borowiec was born at Lodz in Poland in 1928 At fifteen he joined the Home Army, the main Polish resistance during the Second World War, and fought in the ill fated Warsaw Uprising After the war he left Poland and attended Columbia University s Graduate School of Journalism He lives in Cyprus with his English wife Juliet.

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    Warsaw Boy is a very well-written memoir by a man who has plenty of fascinating experiences to relate. Andrew Borowiec's memoir tells of his experiences under first German, then Soviet and, finally, German again rule. It very effectively re-enforces the very accurate perception that Poland is the most marched-over country on earth.Borowiec ends up fighting for the Polish Home Army in the anti-Nazi uprising in Warsaw in 1944. His account, as a sixteen year old, of that tragic event, is enthrallin [...]

    Biografia, saggio storico, romanzo di formazione. Questo denso racconto di cinque anni di vita di Andrew Borowiec oltre riportare l'esperienza diretta e sincera di cosa voglia dire crescere in mezzo ai bombardamenti, offre uno sguardo di prima mano su una delle pagine più orrende (tra le molte) della Seconda Guerra Mondiale: la rivolta della città di Varsavia alla dominazione nazista, uno degli episodi di guerriglia urbana più cruenti e sanguinosi della storia.Il libro in realtà segue le vic [...]

    A very moving account of the Nazi occupation of Poland during WW2. Reading this reminds me how the human race can be so barbaric at times. Had me in tears on a number of occasions!

    A sobering account of life under Nazi occupation of Poland for a teenage boy. It dramatically brings home how Poland suffered during the war, losing an incredibly high proportion of its population compared to other countries. Brutality and death become commonplace and liberation, if it can be called that, is a long time coming. It is at its best when dispassionately recounting the events of the doomed Warsaw uprising of 1944 (after the earlier short-lived Jewish ghetto revolt) while the Russians [...]

    Le memorie di Andrew Borowiec, uno degli ultimi sopravvissuti alla rivolta della città di Varsavia alla dominazione nazista colmano un importante vuoto nel panorama delle memorie legate alla Seconda Guerra Mondiale e sicuramente offrono una prospettiva degli eventi finora poco nota e molto interessante.La recensione completa qui:lastambergadeilettori/

    I bought this book while visiting Warsaw for the 71st anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. I already had quite a bit of background knowledge about the historical events that transpired, but seldom have I come across a book that makes the experience seem so human.

    Brilliant book. Poor Poland, utterly shafted by both the Germans and the Russians and badly let down by the Allies post war.

    A first hand account of a young boy fighting in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. A story which must be told but I found this a little confusing and, as expected, very harrowing in places.

    I found it interesting but the writing style just too long winded. The print in this book was just too small for me to read which was quite a shame as i would liked to have finished the book

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