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It was a time of crisis, a time of tragedy - and a time of transcendent courage and determination. Leon Uris’s blazing novel is set in the midst of the ghetto uprising that defied Nazi tyranny, as the Jews of Warsaw boldly met Wehrmacht tanks with homemade weapons and bare fists. Here, painted on a canvas as broad as its subject matter, is the compelling story of one of the most heroic struggles of modern times.

©1961 Leon M. Uris (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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True Heroism

This bestseller historic fiction novel by Leon Uris tells the heroic struggle of the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto. There were various groups that comprised the Jews of Warsaw. There were the Jews of the Judenrat, those charged with organizing into Jewish councils who favored complying with Nazi "directives" hoping that there was a trace of humanity beneath their barbaric and murderous decrees and that things would eventually improve. There were the religious Jews who hoped that the faith that allowed them to survive two millenia in the diaspora would sustain them. There were the rebels who favored resistance and struggle. Eventually all the groups came to realize that the Nazi plans were directed not just at subjugation but elimination of the Jews. A handful of non -Jews were also present that joined in the struggle to keep alive the memory of the heroic Jews who decided to fight back against the Nazi beasts. Mixed in are a couple of love stories which in my opinion were of marginal added value. Hence 4 stars rather than 5
David de Vries is a talented narrator who brings the story to life.
Overall an excellent listen.

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I wasw hoping for a lot better

I waited eagerly for this to appear as an audiobook a few weeks ago, but I was disappointed upon listening to it. First, it is much too long, filled with pointless diversions and numerous characters who add litle to the narrative. The reader is pedestrian, just a reader and not a performer. The dialogue is not the way anyone speaks. Mila 18 seems to be obsessed with proving the point that Jews are not cowards, but the character development is so shallow that the point is made wholly through Andre, a former cavalry officer steeped in war. The interpersonal and particulrly the romantic relationships are clumsy. The Nazis are villainous enough, but what of the Poles? They barely appear, though the one abiding question today is the extent of their collaboration and aqiescense to anti-Semitism. A much better book on the Warsaw ghetto is The Wall by Herman Wouk.