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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).

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...
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