Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Top ten books about Poland during World War II

Ruth Franklin, a senior editor at The New Republic, is writing a book about Holocaust literature. For Newsweek, she named a ten best list of books about Poland during World War II.

One title on the list:
Ashes and Diamonds, by Jerzy Andrzejewski

This novel by one of Poland's major postwar writers takes place in 1945, as the country was still reeling amid devastation. A young former soldier in the underground Home Army accepts a final assignment: to murder a local Communist Party official, himself a survivor of the camps. There are no heroes here, just two men caught in the trap of history. A great film by Andrzej Wajda was based on this book.
Read about another book on Franklin's list.

--Marshal Zeringue