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May 2010, 184pp, 61/8x91/4, eBook/Hardcover
Print: 978-0-313-38391-5
$64.00 / £50.00 / 54,00 € / A$83.00
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Imprint: Praeger
World History/Conflict

Code Name: Zegota

Rescuing Jews in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Wartime Europe

Irene Tomaszewski and Tecia Werbowski
Foreword by Norman Davies

1 Volume

Code Name: Zegota: Rescuing Jews in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Wartime Europe tells the story of the only secret organization in occupied Europe set up for the sole purpose of saving Jews. The first book on the subject in English, it details the danger and complexity behind Zegota rescue attempts, clarifying the relationship of the Germans, who had total control; the Poles, who were relegated to sub-human status and treated as slave labor; and the Jews, designated nonhuman and collectively condemned to death.

Illuminating the moral dilemmas that arose as one life was pitted against another under the lawless apartheid conditions created by the Nazis, Code Name: Zegota explores the critical situation in occupied Poland and the personalities that responded to desperate conditions with a mix of courage and creativity. It profiles the key players and the network behind them and describes the sophisticated organization and its mode of operation. The cast of characters ranges from members of prewar Poland's cultural and political elite to Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, who worked as couriers. As this inspiring book shows, all of these brave souls risked torture, concentration camps, and death—and many paid the price.


Individual profiles of and insights from the rescued and the rescuers

28 photographs including the Warsaw ghetto, a prisoner's letter from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and Nazi posters issuing regulations in occupied Poland

Primary sources such as archival documents, first person memoirs, including unpublished testimonies of the period, and interviews with both rescuers and rescued

Early interviews with Irena Sendler the subject of the Hallmark film, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, which was watched by 10 million viewers

A map of Poland showing areas annexed or occupied and partitioned for administrative purposes by Germany

Irene Tomaszewski is the program director of an international symposium on Polish Studies in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and founding president of the Montreal-based Canadian Foundation for Polish Studies. Her published works include Inside a Gestapo Prison: The Letters of Krystyna Wituska, 1942-1944.

Tecia Werbowski has written eight novels. Her work has been translated into several languages and adapted for the stage, radio, and television. Born in Poland and a child of the Holocaust, she now divides her time between Montreal, the Laurentians, and Prague.

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