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Jan Peczkis: Big Polish-Studies Resource–Expanded and Updated

Monday, January 23, 2012
WWII in Eastern Europe as a German Racial War Against Jews and Slavs Most books on WWII in Europe typically dwell on the Holocaust, and any mention of non-Jewish victims of the Nazis is an afterthought. They also tend to dichotomize the military actions of Hitler’s regime and its genocidal policies. This work, in contrast, shows that the war-making and genocidal actions of the Nazis formed a seamless garment, as did German attitudes and actions against Jews and Slavs. Instead of focusing on leading Nazi personages, the SS, Gestapo, or even the Wehrmacht, Westermann examines the ordinary German police forces as killers. >>more...

n Defence of My Country-Publications of the Roman DmowskiPolish-Jewish Relations From Another Perspective,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Polish-Jewish Relations From Another Perspective, This review is from: In Defence of My Country-Publications of the Roman Dmowski Society No. 19 (Paperback) Author Jedrzej Giertych, the father of scientist Maciej Giertych and grandfather of politician Roman Giertych, has written a powerful rebuttal to many inaccurate portrayals of Polish history. But he is no blind apologist. For example, he is critical of the way that the pre-WWII Polish government had handled the Ukrainian nationalist movement (p. 398). >>more...


Tuesday, December 20, 2011
POLISH POLITICS AND THE REBUILDING OF THE NATION is the title of this 2-volume Polish-language book. (Review based on 2nd, 1937 edition, reprinted in 1988). Owing to the breadth of its content, I focus mainly on what Dmowski is most remembered for--his evaluation of Jews. >>more...


Thursday, November 10, 2011
ROMAN DMOWSKI: PERSONAGE, POLE, AND FRIEND is the title of this Polish-language book. It was published by Chicago-area members of the SN (STRONNICTWO NARODOWE), including Antoni Wawro. [I knew his son, in my childhood, from Saturday-morning Polish School and from the ZUCHY (Polish Scouts)]. Apart from the main text, the book includes an assortment of short articles, some reprinted from other sources, about Dmowski. It also features considerable detail about Dmowski's declining health, death, and funeral. Several eulogies are published. >>more...


Friday, November 4, 2011
A Survey of Jewish History in Poland. Understanding Judeopolonia, etc., This review is from: Zydzi w dziejach Polski (Polish Edition) JEWS IN THE DEALINGS OF POLAND is the title of this Polish language book. It starts with the beginnings of the Jewish religion (JEPD hypothesis) and ends with the Solidarity Movement. This book cites a large number of obscure sources. This means that the author brings to light a good deal of information that would otherwise be generally unknown, but also means that it is difficult to check most of his sources. Although Wysocki is often critical of Jews, he is even-handed in blaming both Polish and Jewish nationalists for the negative aspects of pre-WWII Polish-Jewish relations. (p. 116). >>more...

Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory (The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies) [Paperback]

Friday, September 30, 2011
Product Description Discusses the troubling and possibly irreconcilable split between Jewish memory and Jewish historiography >>more...

Minority Problems: A Textbook of Readings in Intergroup Relations

Friday, September 16, 2011
This anthology surveys the experiences of African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, Indians (Native Americans), Gypsies (Sinti and Roma), Jewish-Americans, and Japanese Americans. Significantly, there is very little on European ethnics. >>more...

On the Edge of Destruction: Jews of Poland Between the Two World Wars (Paperback)

Monday, September 5, 2011
Celia Heller combines a great deal of detail on Jewish life in prewar Poland with an over-reliance on selectively negative anecdotes, from individual Jews, archived in the YIVO Institute, and her complete avoidance of anecdotes from the Polish side. How about, for instance, some testimonies of Poles who had been driven out of business, and reduced to penury, by unfair Jewish competition? >>more...

A Young Holocaust Survivor from Mielec, Poland. Part of Her Family Denounced by Jews

Monday, June 20, 2011
Irene Eber first describes the idyllic life of herself and her family before the war. She focuses on the Jewish traditions and observances.

She then talks about how the Germans entered her native Mielec in 1939, and burned the butcher shop, synagogue, and associated libraries with the men herded inside. She smelled the odor of burning wood and burning human flesh. In very early 1942, the Mielec Jewish community was among the first to be shipped to the newly constructed death camps---in this case nearby Belzec. Other local Jews were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz >>more...

The Muslims in Poland: Their origin, history, and cultural life

Saturday, May 21, 2011
This was originally an article in the October 1942 issue of the JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY. It features Poland's indigenous Muslims, who were the descendants of Tatars that had settled in Poland several centuries ago. "Whereas all other Muslim peoples established themselves in Europe as conquerors (omitting the majority of Muslims in Yugoslavia, who are of Serb origin and were converted to Islam by their Turkish conquerors), the Polish Tatars inhabit a region never touched by a Muslim invader..." (p. 163). "So it came about that a Muslim tribe enjoying almost all civil rights could flourish in Poland at an epoch characterized by bitter struggles between Christianity and Islam." (p. 172). >>more...
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