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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...

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...
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