Images of War – The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland written by Ian Baxter and published by Pen and Sword Books – £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 127

Following the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1940, the Nazi’s decided to establish ghettos across Poland in order to segregate Polish and Jews, what was called Judischer Wohnbezirk or Wohngebiet der Juden meaning Jewish quarters. The images in this book make for grim viewing as the images often depict people’s suffering in intolerable conditions through no fault of their own. The people were to become prisoners and if you know your WW2 history these people were to be part of the Nazi’s final solution which would result in death for many people, especially if you were Jewish or even deemed not German.

In reality this book is about squalor, barbarity, and evil there isn’t any sugar coasting it really, as this part of history was very grim. The Nazi’s went into Poland deliberately to use it as a human farm and one big death camp. While most of the pictures are as grotesque as they could be, there are still some images left in to show the grimness and the death of a number of people. While the pictures can be hard to see, these pictures should never be hidden from the world as history can never hide the evil that went on in WW2 as this can never happen again. This book looks at the ghettos, what they were used for and it also looks at the Warsaw Uprising. The information and written history in this book like the others in the series is excellent and top notch, well researched and written by the historian Ian Baxter. This is another one of those books that should be seen by as many people as possible, events like this must never happen again. I really good book indeed, I can’t give this book less than a 5 star rating because I can’t argue for it to be less at all.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.