“Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World by Jan Karski
This book is about an agent in the Polish Underground during its WW2 occupation by Nazi Germany. This is an incredible narrative of being called up in the army, escaping from captivity, living through occupation, becoming part of the Underground, how the Underground works, getting tortured, escaping again, and delivering secret documents to the Polish Government in Exile. I don’t think I could accurately describe this book in a way that does it justice. It is incredible.
It is fascinating the detail in which he explains the workings of the Underground. Before reading this book, all I knew about Poland was that they were invaded first in WW2. This book details the bravery, and determination in which Poland fought Germany. They made sure that nobody cooperated with the Germans. They didn’t want any quislings. If they found Polish people collaborating with them, they killed them. If they found people reading Germany newspapers on the days that the Polish ones were banned, people threw bricks at them. Even though the Nazis were killing innocent civilians to try and retaliate against the Underground, they did not stop. This was total war.
This book really captures the down in the streets life of the resistance, life of the people, and even how the secret Underground newspapers operate. I’ve read lots of books about WW2 but never one about the resistance, and especially the resistance in Poland. A must-read for anybody even remotely interested in WW2.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #107 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge #BookReview #Books #WW2 #NaziGermany #Poland #War #Biography #JanKarski”,