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Big Israel: How Israel's Lobby Moves America Paperback – February 5, 2016 by Grant F. Smith;Outstanding, Well-Supported Research on Jewish Influence, Pro-Israel Initiatives, and Holocaust Supremacism

Friday, December 1, 2017
On the back cover, author Grant F. Smith recounts the depth of his research. It also included some lawsuits to pry-loose the unwelcome information. This book centers on American Jews and the induced U. S. government support for the State of Israel. In my review, however, instead of repeating other reviewers, I focus on the induced pre-eminence of the Holocaust in the USA. It extends much beyond just the maintenance of popular support for Israel.


Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) 1st Edition by Eddy Portnoy;Inadvertent Validation of Polish Cardinal Hlond’s Much-Maligned 1936 Statements

Friday, December 1, 2017
Author Eddy Portnoy is a researcher with the YIVO Institute. The setting of this fascinating work is foreign-ruled Poland, and the Jewish immigrant community in New York City, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much of it focuses on the everyday foibles of Jewish life. These are of no interest to me, and I instead focus on matters of lasting significance in the understanding of Jewish life >>more...

Jabotinsky's Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism;Disciples of Trumpeldor: The Betar and Its Complex Relationship With the Pre-WWII Polish Government

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
This book contains a wealth of information. I focus on a few salient matters.


One commonly-voiced exculpation for Jews in Communism states that Jews were just seeking a better world [Who doesn’t?], and that they had no idea that Communism relied on violence and totalitarianism. This is patently untrue. Heller candidly writes that, “Despite knowledge of the violence and repression that had accompanied the early years of Soviet rule, many socialist Zionists were mesmerized by the romance of the Communist revolution, with its promise to promote social justice, abolish unearned privilege, and fight antisemitism.” (p. 48). >>more...

The first tithe;“Acquisitiveness” of “Post-Jewish” Property By Jews Themselves. Jewish Spies for USSR. Jews Desert Anders’ Army en Masse

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The translator points out that Eldad was born in 1910 in Eastern Galicia, and his family lived in Lvov (p. 9) [Lwow, Lviv]. The author was in the Betar. Disappointingly, he has little to say about the Betarim in Poland, and most of his book is about anti-British violence in the Yishuv. Other reviewers have focused on this, and I will not repeat them.

Some takeaways from this book (not listed according to chronology of events):


Letters on Polish Affairs (Classic Reprint) byCharles Sarolea;An Eye-Opening Non-Polish Perspective on Polish-Jewish Relations, Roman Dmowski, the Silesia-Plebiscite Farce, etc

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Charles Sarolea (1870-1953) was Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and the Belgian Consul in Edinburgh. This 1922 work is head and shoulders above the customary Anglo-American schlock about Poland written today. Because the information in this book is now almost a century old, I trace the continuity of its contents with modern events. >>more...

Poland, the knight among nations byLouis Edwin Van Norman;Kosciuszko. Polish Women Drive Patriotism. Prussian Rule Thwarted. WWI and WWII Predicted. Polish-Jewish Relations

Thursday, November 16, 2017
This 1908 book, written by an American who had lived in Partitioned Poland, is head and shoulders above the usual Anglo-American schlock written about Poland today. It is a mini-encyclopedia on Polish history, customs, achievements, and (yes) shortcomings. As an example of the latter, author Van Norman quips, “Unity is not a Polish virtue. Neither is subordination for the common weal. Everyone must lead.” (p. 25). >>more...

Jewish culture renesance in Wiemar Germany;A Revived Separatism Among German Jews in the Decades Before Hitler. Jewish Groups Use HEIL Greeting

Saturday, October 7, 2017
This book contains a wealth of interesting information. For example, the Talmud (Makkot 10a) states that one learned much Torah from one’s teachers, but more from one’s colleagues, and the most from one’s students. (p. 69). >>more...

Reduta Dobrego Imienia Polski pozywa izraelski Haaretz za sformułowanie polskie „haniebne dziedzictwo zdrady

Monday, August 7, 2017
Sformułowanie to pojawiło się w izraelskim dzienniku Haaretz w artykule Chloe Rose, w którym można przeczytać, że „w Polsce jednak kryje się najciemniejszy zakamarek europejskiej duszy, haniebne dziedzictwo zdrady. To właśnie tutaj unicestwiono największą na świecie społeczność Żydów – jeden nieżydowski Polak na każdych dziesięciu polskich Żydów”. >>more...

The Cheka: Lenin's Political Police;Some Jewish “Racial Solidarity” in Communism. Overabundance of Jewish Leadership in Communism Could Actually Have Been Greater

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This scholarly work presents a variety of interesting information. I focus on a few pertinent topics.


Some commentators have described Dzierzhinsky as a Judaized Pole. How accurate is this?

Leggett describes how Dzerzhinsky grew up in Vilna [Wilno, Vilnius], which he describes as a cosmopolitan city with a strong Jewish element and a focal point of socialist ferment in Tsarist Russia. (p. 34). He adds that, “Dzerzhinsky came under the influence of Martov, future leader of the Menshevik Party, by whom he was introduced into Jewish circles, both proletarian and of the intelligentsia; he made many Jewish friends and zealously learned Yiddish. The Bund—Jewish social democratic workers’ organization in Lithuania, Poland, and Russia, founded in 1897—helped Dzerzhinsky in his political activity, for instance in late 1899. Dzerzhinsky’s close friend and schoolmate in Vilna was Mikhail Goldman…” (pp. 24-25). >>more...

Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (New Anthropologies of Europe;Features Candor on the Depth and the Pathology of Modern Jewish Polonophobia

Saturday, June 10, 2017
This book can be useful for those readers interested in a compendium of Polish-Jewish interactions in modern Poland. Most of it, however, is standard fare (as elaborated in the latter part of my review). The most distinctive part of the book is as follows:

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