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The mermaid and the Messerschmitt : war through a woman's eyes, 1939-1940

Author: Rulka Langer
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : Aquila Polonica, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
Most wartime accounts are written by soldiers and statesmen. [This] is a rare eyewitness account of the early chaotic days of World War II--the Nazi invasion of Poland, the Siege of Warsaw and the first few months of the Nazi occupation--written by a young working mother. -- jacket.

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Polish
Named Person: Rulka Langer; Rulka Langer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rulka Langer
ISBN: 9781607720003 1607720000
OCLC Number: 318867388
Notes: "First edition published 1942"--Title page verso.
Awards: Commended for Benjamin Franklin Award (First Nonfiction) 2010
Description: xxiv, 467 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: August 1939: the last peacetime summer --
My race with Hitler --
August 27: back to Warsaw --
August 29: Warsaw prepares --
August 31: on the edge --
September 1: WAR! --
September 2: our first refugees --
September 5: the back evacuates --
September 6: mortal fear --
at Aunt Flika's --
Me, a German spy? --
Vadik --
September 15: home again --
The siege --
Waiting for horse meat --
Playing, eating, sleeping --
Grim but determined, Warsaw carries on --
The Malachowskis --
We take in the Grudas --
September 23: my birthday --
September 24: the Church of the Saviour burns --
September 25: Black Monday --
September 26: Warsaw surrenders --
Bitter days --
The Nazi occupation begins --
In need of candles --
Major von Kraven --
Priests and teachers arrested --
In terror's grip --
Christmas 1939 --
New regulations, a new business and --
The decision to leave Warsaw --
Responsibility: by Rulka Langer.


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