Each of the alphabetically arranged entries is followed by pertinent bibliographic sources in both English and Polish languages. A list of abbreviations, a note on the Polish alphabet, and a series of historical maps precede the entries. Helpful cross-references are provided throughout the text and in the index. A general bibliography precedes the index. After five years of work, George Lerski completed the original manuscript in 1992, shortly before his untimely death. The special editing subsequently undertaken preparatory to publication has remained faithful to the original work, its concept, organization, and purpose.
GEORGE J. LERSKI, who died in 1992, was Professor of European History at the University of San Francisco and was the author of several books, including Poland's Secret Envoy, `1939-1945 (1988) and Jewish-Polish Coexistence, 1772-1939: A Topical Bibliography (Greenwood, 1986). An active member of the Polish Resistance, he was a cofounder of the Polish Freedom Movement Independence and Democracy, and in 1993 was posthumously bestowed the Polonia Restituta with Commander's Cross and Star, one of Poland's highest honors.