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Poles and Jews: Perceptions and Misperceptions

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
This book offers disappointingly little that is substantive or original. The "perceptions" and "misperceptions" primarily deal with those of Poles towards Jews, but seldom the reverse. In addition, this work is weak on the causes behind the "perceptions" and "misperceptions." I focus on a few items of interest: >>more...

Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust [Hardcover] [2012] (Author) Jan Tomasz Gross, Irena Grudzinska GrossJan T. Gross Again Tendentiously Manipulates Data in a Selectively Anti-Polish Manner

Friday, August 16, 2013
Yes, I have read the book. And please spare me the irrelevant line about Jan T. Gross being half-Polish, and certain politically-correct Poles in media and academia agreeing with him.

Regardless of his motives (Holocaust Industry?), Jan T. Gross makes Poles out to be some kind of villains who were greedy for Jewish property. He also conflates Germans taking Jewish property and Poles during the same. In actuality, Germans came to Poland as greedy conquerors, and were never in desperate straits. They simply sought to enrich themselves. Poles, in stark contrast, had to eke out a life under the German occupation and the immediate postwar period. The ingrained corruption bred by the amoral Soviet-imposed Communist system later became another factor animating Polish conduct. >>more...

Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Many popular Shoah misconceptions have entered both common and academic thinking. Holocaust-uniqueness advocates would have us believe that, 1). The diversion of Jews from death camps to forced labor occurred only because Germany's deteriorating military position forced this policy; 2). Nazi policies towards Jews were self-consistent; 3). Nazis never saw the Jews in a utilitarian manner; 4). Once decided upon, the Nazis had a unitary goal of exterminating all Jews; 5). The Holocaust, unlike other genocides, was irrational and self-defeating in that it knowingly harmed the perpetrator economically and militarily. This groundbreaking work shows that all five premises are false. >>more...

Clues to Jewish-Soviet Collaboration, Universality of Looting, Blood Libel Counterpart, Mutuality of Polish-Jewish Prejudices

Thursday, August 8, 2013
nstead of elaborating on Mielnicki's wartime experiences in detail, as other reviewers have done, I focus on deeper issues. The author described his experiences, for this book, a half-century after the events. (p. 19). As in other such situations, the reader must always be on the lookout for "memories" that were grafted into the memory of the Holocaust survivor that he had heard from others but not experienced himself. In addition, much of what the author writes he admittedly heard from others (hearsay). >>more...

Jews( of Poland )& Polish Statehood. Limited Pre-1918 anti-Semitism. Jews Get Post-PolishProperties, Jews in Armia Krajowa

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Jakob Weiss begins with a history of Austrian-ruled Lwow(Lviv, Lemberg). Considering especially the fact that the city in question wasnot called Lemberg during most of his life, why does he title his book with theGerman-language name of this Polish city? The author touches on pre-WWII Jewish life, the 1939 war,the Soviet and Nazi occupations, the unfolding Holocaust, his flight to Warsaw,etc. Unfortunately, he repeats the bogus charges of massive 1918-era pogroms, nearlyall of which decisively had been discredited by the investigatory commission ofWilson-sent American Jew Henry Morgenthau. Weiss condemns Morgenthau asessentially a traitor, without presenting any evidence showing that Morgenthauwas supposedly incorrect or untruthful. (pp. 382-383). He also repeats the 1939myths of Polish cavalry charging German tanks, and the Polish Air Force largelydestroyed on the ground. (p. 124). >>more...

NoMonolithic or Consistent Nazi Policy Towards the Jews. Holocaust-As-IrrationalityRefuted

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Many popular Shoah misconceptions have entered both common and academic thinking. Holocaust-uniqueness advocates would have us believe that, 1). The diversion of Jews from death camps to forced labor occurred only because Germany's deteriorating military position forced this policy; 2). Nazi policies towards Jews were self-consistent; 3). Nazis never saw the Jews in a utilitarian manner; 4). Once decided upon, the Nazis had a unitary goal of exterminating all Jews; 5). The Holocaust, unlike other genocides, was irrational and self-defeating in that it knowingly harmed the perpetrator economically and militarily. This groundbreaking work shows that all five premises are false. >>more...

NaziGerman Genocide of Poles and Jews in the German-Occupied, Reich-Annexed Poznan Area(Warthegau)

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Arthur Greiser, in his younger years, was aMason. (p. 41). Later, the Nazis denounced Freemasonry as a tool of the Jews.(p. 42). Ironically, German Freemasonry (and as confirmed by Polish authors)was long pro-German, as pointed out by the author, "While Free Masonry wassupposedly apolitical, in Germany it tended toward conservatism. In the 1920's,most lodges espoused strong VOLKISCH and anti-democratic views." (p. 42). >>more...

Social Science and the Politics of Modern Jewish Identity (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review of Narodowa Demokracja wobec problematyki zydowskiej w latach 1918-1929, by Olaf Bergmann.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATS IN RELATION TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM IN THE
YEARS 1918-1929, is the title of this Polish-language book. It is really two books,
intertwined with each other. The first consists of extensive quotations from Endeks,
including ones from newspapers and other generally unavailable sources, and that from
famous and not-so-famous Endeks. This makes the book original and worthwhile, and I
therefore emphasized it in my review. The second consists of author Bergmann's
analysis, which is of variable quality. >>more...

Polish-Jewish Relations 1939-1945: Beyond the Limits of Solidarity

Monday, October 15, 2012
To anyone who has carefully examined this work, and heard Ewa Kurek speak (I have), it is obvious that her level of knowledge is far above that of the usual authors on this subject. Neo-Stalinists and Polonophobes can dismiss and name-call all they want, but the facts presented in this work remain facts nonetheless. In addition, Kurek is even-handed, and realizes that she will "get it" from both sides, "Some Jews will accuse me of anti-Semitism, and some Poles will say I slander my own nation. I just can't help it." (p. 2). She accepts the premise that Jewish criticisms of past Polish conduct may be valid (p. 108), definitely embraces unilateral Polish guilt for Jedwabne (p. 302), and elaborates on and strongly condemns Polish blackmailers and denouncers of fugitive Jews. (pp. 362-on). >>more...
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