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Monday 17 May 2004 The National Review, David Pryce-Jones
Rising '44
Davies covers the uprising itself in close and enthralling detail. At barricades, in office blocks, down the sewers, men and women, old and young, fought an unequal battle without a second thought. In extended footnotes, Davies quotes from diaries, letters, poems and memoirs, mostly Polish but some German, to personalize this epic of courage, folly and cruelty. Vitold Piletski, a company commander in the uprising, had previously got himself arrested in order to spy out Auschwitz, and then escaped from the camp to report on it. A Polish priest was tied as a hostage to a German tank – a irony, as the priest was a known anti-Semite. Such dramas are unforgettable.

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