Jewish Lives (and Deaths) during the Warsaw Uprising

Barbara Engelking and Dariusz Libionka, Żydzi w powstańczej Warszawie. Warsaw: Polish Center for Holocaust Research Association, 2009, 360 pp. + photos

Reviewed by
Jan T. Gross

Żydzi w powstańczej Warszawie by Barbara Engelking and Dariusz Libionka provides a brilliant overview of what it was like to be a Jew during and after the 1944 Warsaw uprising.  Engelking and Libionka’s research in widely scattered sources meticulously reconstructs a story by presenting a collective biography of a few hundred Jews who were in Warsaw at the time of the 1944 uprising and afterwards, and whose life stories were documented. This pioneering work offers unprecedented examination of the clandestine Jewish civilian population during the uprising.