Five Years in the Warsaw Ghetto, by Bernard Goldstein
Book published by AK Press in 2005, 256 pages. Paperback (N4784P1)
Bernard Goldstein was born in 1889 and became a leader of the Jewish workers' organisation, the Bund and in the Jewish underground resistance during the Second World War. After fleeing the Ghetto and eventually Poland, he emmigrated to America where he wrote this memoir of his experiences during the war. Long out of print, this is one of the most detailed first hand descriptions of the undergound, the political forces within the Ghetto and the battles to resist the Nazis.
From the rear side cover: The story of the Warsaw ghetto is one of the most heartbreaking and tragic in all of recorded history. Bernard Goldstein, who was already a semi-legendary figure as a socialist and leader of the Jews in Poland, was a central figure in this story. He was crucial in organizing the underground resistance when the Nazi's occupied Warsaw, and one of the 10,000 survivors of the city's half million Jews. This is his story, written shortly after the Second World War, of the five years in which a community was destroyed , and his tribute to the good, the bad, the cowardly and the heroic who died there. It is told in a plain spoken, self effacing and unsparing way that makes it that much more powerful....