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Out of the Inferno
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" Richard Lukas's book, encompassing the wartime recollections of sixty "ordinary" Poles under Nazi occupation, constitutes a valuable contribution to a new perspective on World War II. Lukas presents gripping first-person accounts of the years 1939-1945 by Polish Christians from diverse social and economic backgrounds. Their narratives, from both oral and written sources, contribute enormously to our understanding of the totality of the Holocaust. Many of those who speak in these pages attempted, often at extreme peril, to assist Jewish friends, neighbors, and even strangers who otherwise faced certain death at the hands of the German occupiers. Some took part in the underground resistance movement. Others, isolated from the Jews' experience and ill informed of that horror, were understandably preoccupied with their own survival in the face of brutal condition intended ultimately to exterminate or enslave the entire Polish population. These recollections of men and women are moving testimony to the human courage of a people struggling for survival against the rule of depravity. The power of their painful witness against the inhumanities of those times is undeniable.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. x-11
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Jan Arciszewski
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Irena Barbarska
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. James Bochan
  2. pp. 20-22
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  1. Antoni Bohun-Dąbrowski
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Zbigniew Bokiewicz
  2. pp. 23-29
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  1. Maryla Bonińska
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. Zofia Rysżewska Brusikiewicz
  2. pp. 32-35
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  1. Ewa Bukowska
  2. pp. 36-39
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  1. K.T. Czelny
  2. pp. 39-51
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  1. Marian Dąbrowski
  2. pp. 51-56
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  1. Bogna Domańska
  2. pp. 56-59
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  1. Wanda Draczyńska
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Władysław and Władysława Dubik
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. Maria Duszkiewicz
  2. pp. 64-66
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  1. Eugeniusz M. Folta
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. Bronisława Gniewaszewska
  2. pp. 68-70
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  1. Zofia Gruszczyńska
  2. pp. 70-74
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  1. Urszula Holfeld
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. Staszek Jackowski
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. The Reverend Jan Januszewski
  2. pp. 78-80
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  1. Wanda Jordan
  2. pp. 80-83
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  1. A.M. Kalinka
  2. pp. 83-85
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  1. Bogusław Adam Kalinka
  2. pp. 85-87
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  1. Edward Marcin Kemnitz
  2. pp. 87-89
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  1. Roman Kierszniewski
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Zygmunt Koc
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Stanisław Kocyan
  2. pp. 92-97
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  1. Jurek Kolarski
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. Maria Kolator
  2. pp. 99-101
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  1. J. Kowalski
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. Krystyna Kowalska
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Stanisław Kowalski
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Wanda Lesisz
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Barbara Makuch
  2. pp. 110-116
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  1. Halina Martin
  2. pp. 116-123
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  1. Konstancja Marzec
  2. pp. 124-166
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  1. Leokadia Mikołajków
  2. pp. 124-126
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  1. Wacław Milewski
  2. pp. 126-128
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  1. Anna Orska
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. Halina Ostrowska
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. Fabriola Paulińska
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. Stefan Petri
  2. pp. 136-137
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  1. Adolph Pilch
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. Maria Radecka
  2. pp. 142-145
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  1. Tadeusz Rosicki
  2. pp. 145-153
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  1. Maria Różańska
  2. pp. 154-156
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  1. Zdzisław M. Rurarz
  2. pp. 156-159
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  1. Eugenia Śwital
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. Elzbieta Szandorowska
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Krystyna Szomańska
  2. pp. 164-166
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  1. Zdzisław Szymczak
  2. pp. 166-168
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  1. Wenceslas Wagner
  2. pp. 168-175
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  1. Henryk Werakso
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. Henryk Woliński
  2. pp. 177-181
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  1. Maria Zagórska
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. Janusz Zaorski
  2. pp. 182-184
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  1. Maria Kontowicz Zaremba
  2. pp. 184-186
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  1. Witold Złotnicki
  2. pp. 186-191
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 192-193
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 194-201
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 266-273
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