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Isaac's Army - A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-occupied Poland

Matthew Brzezinski

Starting as early as 1939, disparate Jewish underground movements coalesced around the shared goal of liberating Poland from Nazi occupation. For the next six years, separately and in concert, they waged a heroic war of resistance against Hitler's war machine that culminated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Isaac's Army, Matthew Brzezinski delivers the first-ever comprehensive narrative account of that struggle, following a group of dedicated young Jews-some barely out of their teens-whose individual acts of defiance helped rewrite the ending of World War II. Based on first-person accounts from diaries, interviews, and surviving relatives, Isaac's Army chronicles the extraordinary triumphs and devastating setbacks that befell the Jewish underground from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the exodus to Palestine in 1946. This is the remarkable true story of the Jewish resistance from the perspective of those who led it: Isaac Zuckerman, the confident and charismatic twenty-four-year-old founder of the Jewish Fighting Organization; Simha Ratheiser, Isaac's fifteen-year-old bodyguard, whose boyish good looks and seeming immunity to danger made him an ideal courier; and Zivia Lubetkin, the warrior queen of the underground who, upon hearing the first intimations of the Holocaust, declared: "We are going to defend ourselves." Joined by allies on the left and right, they survived Gestapo torture chambers, smuggled arms, ran covert printing presses, opened illegal schools, robbed banks, executed collaborators, and fought in the two largest rebellions of the war. Hunted by the Germans and bedeviled by the "Greasers"-roving bands of blackmailers who routinely turned in resistance fighters for profit-the movement was chronically short on firepower but long on ingenuity. Its members hatched plots in dank basements, never more than a door knock away from summary execution, and slogged through fetid sewers to escape the burning Ghetto to the forests surrounding the city. And after the initial uprising was ruthless

Starting as early as 1939, disparate Jewish underground movements coalesced around the shared goal of liberating Poland from Nazi occupation. For the next six years, separately and in concert, they waged a heroic war of resistance against Hitler's war machine that culminated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Isaac's Army, Matthew Brzezinski delivers the first-ever comprehensive narrative account of that struggle, following a group of dedicated young Jews-some barely out of their teens-whose individual acts of defiance helped rewrite the ending of World War II. Based on first-person accounts from diaries, interviews, and surviving relatives, Isaac's Army chronicles the extraordinary triumphs and devastating setbacks that befell the Jewish underground from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the exodus to Palestine in 1946. This is the remarkable true story of the Jewish resistance from the perspective of those who led it: Isaac Zuckerman, the confident and charismatic twenty-four-year-old founder of the Jewish Fighting Organization; Simha Ratheiser, Isaac's fifteen-year-old bodyguard, whose boyish good looks and seeming immunity to danger made him an ideal courier; and Zivia Lubetkin, the warrior queen of the underground who, upon hearing the first intimations of the Holocaust, declared: "We are going to defend ourselves." Joined by allies on the left and right, they survived Gestapo torture chambers, smuggled arms, ran covert printing presses, opened illegal schools, robbed banks, executed collaborators, and fought in the two largest rebellions of the war. Hunted by the Germans and bedeviled by the "Greasers"-roving bands of blackmailers who routinely turned in resistance fighters for profit-the movement was chronically short on firepower but long on ingenuity. Its members hatched plots in dank basements, never more than a door knock away from summary execution, and slogged through fetid sewers to escape the burning Ghetto to the forests surrounding the city. And after the initial uprising was ruthless
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History

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Starting as early as 1939, disparate Jewish underground movements coalesced around the shared goal of liberating Poland from Nazi occupation. For the next six years, separately and in concert, they waged a heroic war of resistance against Hitler's war machine that culminated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Isaac's Army, Matthew Brzezinski delivers the first-ever comprehensive narrative account of that struggle, following a group of dedicated young Jews-some barely out of their teens-whose individual acts of defiance helped rewrite the ending of World War II. Based on first-person accounts from diaries, interviews, and surviving relatives, Isaac's Army chronicles the extraordinary triumphs and devastating setbacks that befell the Jewish underground from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the exodus to Palestine in 1946. This is the remarkable true story of the Jewish resistance from the perspective of those who led it: Isaac Zuckerman, the confident and charismatic twenty-four-year-old founder of the Jewish Fighting Organization; Simha Ratheiser, Isaac's fifteen-year-old bodyguard, whose boyish good looks and seeming immunity to danger made him an ideal courier; and Zivia Lubetkin, the warrior queen of the underground who, upon hearing the first intimations of the Holocaust, declared: "We are going to defend ourselves." Joined by allies on the left and right, they survived Gestapo torture chambers, smuggled arms, ran covert printing presses, opened illegal schools, robbed banks, executed collaborators, and fought in the two largest rebellions of the war. Hunted by the Germans and bedeviled by the "Greasers"-roving bands of blackmailers who routinely turned in resistance fighters for profit-the movement was chronically short on firepower but long on ingenuity. Its members hatched plots in dank basements, never more than a door knock away from summary execution, and slogged through fetid sewers to escape the burning Ghetto to the forests surrounding the city. And after the initial uprising was ruthless

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

16h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

10:27


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

17:02


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

22:57


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

15:21


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:55


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

08:31


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

19:18


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

16:29


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

12:38


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

19:21


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

09:09


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

22:50


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

18:21


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

21:59


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

21:26


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

20:19


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

21:54


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

21:22


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

24:55


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

19:29


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

22:48


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

31:32


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

20:47


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

16:05


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

32:56


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

26:31


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

25:12


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

20:49


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

32:11


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

23:03


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

20:24


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

33:48


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

17:51


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

31:51


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

36:32


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

35:47


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

31:56


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

24:46


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

26:33


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

19:12


Part 5, Chapter 40
Part 5, Chapter 40

17:02


Part 5, Chapter 41
Part 5, Chapter 41

34:36


Part 5, Chapter 42
Part 5, Chapter 42

33:11


Part 5, Chapter 43
Part 5, Chapter 43

18:02


Part 5, Chapter 44
Part 5, Chapter 44

00:31