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The Polish Question, Jewish Beneficiaries of Polish Losses, Encyclopedic Detail on the Polish anti-Prussian Economic Moves, etc

Friday, September 30, 2011
The author is not sympathetic to Poles. He repeatedly regards them (and cites those who agree with him), as too emotional and quarrelsome a people to acquire or keep a state.

Butler alludes to the Litvaks, and the tsarist Russian policies designed to exacerbate Jewish-gentile conflicts, as follows: "The problem of the Jew in countries like Russia and Poland cannot be stated in terms of Western Europe. It is conditioned, not primarily by religious feeling, but by economic conditions...The official Russian policy in recent years of concentrating the Jews in the Western provinces led to a large influx of Russian Jews into Poland (general called `Lithuanian Jews' [Litvaks] though they do not for the most part come from Lithuania), who compete with the original Polish Jews, and have markedly lowered the standard of living...They held, and hold, four-fifths of the trade of the country in their hands, and control a large proportion--how large is not easy from the available statistics to determine--of the capital invested in Polish industry." (pp. 124-125). >>more...

Poland and the Poles / by A. Bruce Boswell...with Twenty-One Illustrations and Three Maps

Friday, September 16, 2011
Boswell was a research fellow in Polish at the University of Liverpool. Owing to its scope, I can only touch on a few items.

Even when subject to the Partitions, the Poles continued to affirm human liberty: "In fact, Poland, in 1794, was the first nation outside Western Europe to declare all its peasants free. This was not done in Prussia til 1823, in Austria till 1848, and in Russia till 1861." (p. 84). >>more...

The Warriors: My Life As A Jewish Soviet Partisan (Religion, Theology, and the Holocaust)

Monday, September 5, 2011
A first-hand account that gives special attention to the author's experience among predominantly non-Jewish partisans in Soviet Russia, where he confronted anti-Semitism while facing a common enemy. >>more...

Jews-Officers In The Polish Armed Forces, 1939-1945

Monday, September 5, 2011
This work is an impressive collection of information about how Poland's Jews had supported Poland in the past, especially in the armed forces. Most of the book consists of alphabetically ordered lists of thousands of names of Polish officers in the WWII Polish military forces. >>more...

Herbert Hoover and Poland: A documentary history of a friendship (Hoover archival documentaries)

Sunday, August 28, 2011
On Polonophile Herbert Hoover. Insights into Capitalists Supporting Communists,
This work details some of the deeds Herbert Hoover did for Poland. The reader soon realizes that they included both charitable and political acts, and were part of a long-term Poland-Hoover friendship. >>more...

No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II (Perfect Paperback)

Monday, July 25, 2011
This is one of the most comprehensive works on this subject. It includes not only detailed descriptions of relatively well-known events (September 1939, the Battle of Britain, Monte Cassino, and Warsaw Uprising) but also lesser-known ones such as Poles fighting a large-scale guerrilla war at home (1939-1945), fighting as fliers in the anti-German Allied air war (1940-1945), and fighting as regular soldiers in 1940 western Europe, in 1942-1943 Africa, in post-1941 Soviet Union, in 1943-1945 Italy, and in 1944-1945 post-D-Day western Europe >>more...

W obronie prawdziwej historii Polski

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wyrażenia używane w polskiej pamięci narodowej, która musi być kultywowana dla dobra narodu polskiego jak i świadomości narodowej Polaków, mają podstawowe znaczenie. Możemy obserwować inne narody dobrze nam znane, takie jak Żydzi i Anglicy, dla których kutywowanie ciągłości pamięci narodowej jest podstawową mądrością polityczną. >>more...

303 (Polish) Squadron: Battle of Britain Diary

Monday, June 20, 2011
This book, besides describing the air battles of the Battle of Britain, offers biographical detail on the Polish pilots. The author, Richard King, is an Englishman with no trace of Polish ancestry. He simply became fascinated with the contributions of the Polish aviators, and decided to thoroughly research the topic and write this book. >>more...

The Dark Side of the Moon: The Incredible Story of What Really Happened in Poland During the Russian Occupation 1939-45 (1st Edition)

Saturday, June 11, 2011
This book (review based on 1946 edition) is probably the first English-language book on the subject of Polish deportees. In the Preface, poet T. S. Eliot summarizes the Polish sacrifices and contributions to the Allied victory in WWII, and puts the Polish experience in the broader context of the barbarization of Europe because of the Nazis and Communists. >>more...

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Instead of repeating the many other reviewers, I focus on certain issues. To begin with, accusations have been leveled against the author for being calloused towards Jewish deaths. In actuality, he sympathetically describes the human scenes of suffering, such as the dead and trampled infants in the death trains, the sick being shot and dumped into the pyres, entire transports of Jews going up in smoke, etc. However, he does mention the Jewish kapos. >>more...
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