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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...

A Blend of Reasoned Thinking and Crass Polonophobia: Mutual Polish-Jewish Prejudices,

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Unlike many Jewish authors, Scharf does not awfulize the experience of interwar Polish Jews. He was subject to the NUMERUS CLAUSUS while at the University of Krakow. Echoing the statements of the Endeks, Scharf realizes that, without it, "Jewish medics might have greatly outnumbered their non-Jewish colleagues". Also, in his words, the NUMERUS CLAUSUS "does not appear so monstrous" when one remembers that sons and daughters of physicians could be admitted to the university outside the quota. (p. 27). >>more...

Red Shadow: A Physician's Memoir of the Soviet Occupation of Eastern Poland, 1944-1956For Your Freedom Through Ours: Polish American Efforts on Poland's Behalf, 1863-1991

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This work is a natural sequel to the author's diary of life under the German occupation: Diary from the Years of Occupation 1939-44. >>more...

: Straty Ludnosci Polskiej Poniesione Z Rak Ukrainskich W Bieszczadach W Latach 1939-1947 (Polish Edition)

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Title: THE UPA IN THE BIESZCZADY MOUNTAINS. This scholarly book traces the course of the Ukrainian fascist-separatist OUN-UPA (or UIA) genocide of Poles, focusing primarily on the geographic region located in the extreme SE of Poland as defined by her post-WWII borders. Zurek repeatedly refutes the claims of politically-correct history-distorters and moral relativists such as the Pole Grzegorz Motyka and the Ukrainian Eugeniusz Misilo >>more...

The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture

Sunday, November 29, 2009
This one-volume history of Poland covers the period of prehistory up through the "free" elections of 1989. Owing to the wealth of information presented, I focus only on a few reviewer-unmentioned facts. >>more...

Symbiosis and Ambivalence: Poles and Jews in a Small Galician Town

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This book covers the vicissitudes of pre-WWII Polish-Jewish relations in the town of Jaslicka, SW Poland (post-WWII boundaries), from a few centuries ago until the Holocaust. To begin with, the term "Polish nobility" spanned the magnate and the poor noble-in-name-only, and constituted the largest franchised class in Europe: 8-12% vs. 1-2% of other European states. (p. 58). >>more...

The Polish-Jewish Case:Restitution

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Judeocentric spin that Poles are WWII villains and Poland is �endemically inhospitable to Jews runs sharply counter to much of historical experience.�[1] Local[2] and international[3] Jewry opposed Poland�s independence, and Jewish economic dominance and social alienation caused Polish anti-Semitism, exacerbating conflict when both nations sought independence. Anti-Polish Jews collaborated with Soviets and dominated Poland�s Communist regime. This essay explores the spin and concludes with comparison to the Balkan[4] case. >>more...

Ukraine exposes Katyn executioners

Sunday, September 27, 2009
In a week where Polish and Russian parliaments throw angry resolutions at each other over historical interpretations of WW II, Poland has received documents from Ukraine containing the names of NKVD officers responsible for the 1940 Katyn massacre >>more...
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