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The Jews, An Interesting Overview of Jews and Judaism Interacting With the World

Monday, October 15, 2012
This book provides much detail, of which one review can only cover a little. Particularly interesting are items about Jewish successes in such things as medicine, science, Hollywood, banking, capitalism, and Communism.

The blood libel directed against Jews preceded Christianity, and accusations of ritual murder were sometimes directed at the early Christians. (p. 31). In the Middle Ages, Jews enjoyed almost near universal literacy because of religious obligations. (p. 133). During this time, Maimonides taught that the human-like attributes of God, including forgiveness, were merely human ideas about what God is like and how God acts. Other rabbis declared his works heretical, and burned them. (p. 10) >>more...

Soviet Zion: The Quest for a Russian Jewish Homeland

Thursday, August 16, 2012
This work focuses on attempts to establish a Jewish nation-within-nation in the USSR, whether in the southern Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula, or (what actually happened) in Birobidzhan. Ironic to the Communists' professed disdain for nationalism, they believed that it was best to fight fire with fire, and that their policies would help nationalism die out in time. (p. 51). >>more...

Fighter and Prophet: The Vladimir Jabotinsky Story The Last Years

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The author has an interesting commentary on Jew-on-Jew violence. When Jabotinsky spoke, he often faced well-planned Jewish Communist and Jewish Socialist heckling and disruption. Jabotinsky used "self-defense" units, comprising Barissia and later Betar, to beat up the disrupters. (p. 36; 110-111; 190-191). Sometimes the Revisionist youth instigated violence against Jewish leftists. (p. 462). >>more...

The Russian Jew Under Tsars And Soviets

Monday, June 25, 2012
A Gloomy Portrayal of Jews in Tsarist Russia and the USSR; Jewish Boycott Irony, etc., This review is from: The Russian Jew Under Tsars And Soviets (Paperback) In contrast with some of his other books, Baron takes a rather lachrymose-history viewpoint in this one. (If accurate, it adds to the refutation of the argument that the pro-Russian, and later pro-Communist, orientation of Polish Jews owed to a pro-Jewish Russian mindset.) Owing to its breadth, I can only touch on a few topics. >>more...

The World Significance of the Russian Revolution

Monday, May 7, 2012
Although Communism is supposed to be a worker's movement [Review based on the original 1920 edition], the active local Communists up to the time of the Russian Revolution contained a relatively small contingent of peasants and proletariat (factory workers). Russia's Communists consisted mostly of decadent specimens of the upper classes, and young peasants who had lost their livelihoods, but had been educated at universities thanks to the liberalism of Alexander II. (p. 7). >>more...

Zydzi, Judaizm, Polska (Polish Edition

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Zydzi a Polska (JEWS AND POLAND), published in 1921 by Father Jozef Kruszynski, traces part of the trajectory by which Jews came on a collision course with Polish national aspirations. It enables the reader to understand why the Endeks were not positive towards Jews. >>more...

AMixed Bag: Zionism as Identity Politics; Much Superficial Reasoning, etcTheTen Lost Tribes, Various Jewish Groupings, and Birobidzhan as an InadvertentModel for Judeopolonia

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Owing to the many topics addressed by this book, I focuson only a few, and, unlike the author, assess the significance of Birobidzhanbeyond its immediate impact.  Jewish identity and politcs

The ZZW in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Conflicting Argumentation from Authorities

Monday, February 20, 2012
This work focuses on active hostility against the ZZW as the major cause of the ZZW’s neglect. The rift between the Jewish right and the Jewish left was extreme in Warsaw–so much so that it did not bring Jews fully together even in the face of Nazi genocide. (e. g., p. 3, 116, 171). The Revisionists were often dismissed as “Jewish fascists” and, even decades later, much of this attitude persisted. For example, long after WWII, ZOB veteran Marek Edelman openly scorned the ZZW. (p. 301). >>more...

Bialystok as a Model of the Litvak Situation from a Jewish Viewpoint

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Although this work is centered on the Jews of Bialystok, it is useful to the reader for understanding the situation facing Jews in Russian-occupied Poland. Less attention is devoted to Bialystok in the resurrected Polish state (1918-1939), the German-Nazi Holocaust (1939-1945), and the post-WWII period (1945-on). The author also provides an impressive account of the Jewish diaspora in nations as separated as Argentina and the USA. Although Jewish-Polish relations are not the main subject of this work, I approach it from that viewpoint for purposes of this review >>more...

Polish Jew Analyzes Jewish Disloyalty, Under Tsarist Russian Rule, Towards Polish National Aspirations

Friday, January 27, 2012
ON THE POGROMS AGAINST THE POLISH PEOPLE (THE ROLE OF THE SOCIALISTS-LITVAKS IN THE RECENT REVOLUTION) is the title of this Polish-language book. It gives insights into the Zydokomuna (Bolshevized Judaism) between the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, as wellas the true causes of the emerging Endek enmity against the Jews. However, the author hardly ever mentions Dmowski, and is in no sense pro-Endek. He considers them reactionary and cowardly (p. 365), and (incorrectly) pro-tsarist. (p.294).
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