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Andrew Rothstein
doc. on the 1944 Warsaw Uprising

Sunday, September 25, 2005, 9:00 PM

CBS for The History Channel

This documentary depiction of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, produced by CBS for The History Channel, tells the story of one of the most heroic campaigns of World War Two and still one of the least-known battles of the war. In the summer of 1944, about 22,000 Polish Home Army soldiers and over 200,000 Polish civilians died at the hands of the German Army during 63 days of hellish battle in Poland's capital city.

The film is a worthy complement to the CNN special hosted by David Ensor and nominated for an Emmy - Warsaw Rising: The Forgotten Soldiers of World War II (Emmy Awards airing Sept.18). In some ways even more disturbing in its revelations, Betrayal: the Battle for Warsaw is a beautifully filmed and edited labor of love by its producer, director, and writer, Andrew Rothstein, who was inspired by Norman Davies' book, Rising '44, to make the film. He has produced what comes close in spirit to the work of Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud in their remarkable book, A Question of Honor.

Rothstein interviews Norman Davies and Zbigniew Brzezinski for in-depth context, and survivors in Warsaw, London, and New York for the harrowing personal details about that tragically heroic 63-day uprising against the German occupiers. Rothstein weaves into the full story the massacre of Polish officers in Katyn forest, the secret agreements in Teheran in 1943 that were ratified at Yalta in 1945 and doomed the Poles to Soviet control for 40 years - and the great epiphany for Poles of the 1980 shipyard strikes in Gdansk which ultimately led to the dismantling of the Yalta world order.

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