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Prewar Polish Anti-Semitism. Jewish Economic Privileges in Poland

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Jewish scholar Joseph Marcus eschews the knee-jerk anti-Polish generalizations that typify material on this subject in favor of a thorough examination of the Jewish situation prior to Polish independence (1870-1918) and in preWWII Poland (1918-1939). It soon becomes obvious that all the indignities and injustices that Polish Jews experienced occurred within the broader context of overall Polish tolerance in the face of considerable development of Jewish economic life. Ironically, Polish anti-Semitism festered and grew primarily because Polish Jews had been so successful in the first place-actually and perceptively at Polish expense. >>more...

The Construction of European Holocaust Memory: German and Polish Cinema after 1989 (Warsaw Studies in Jewish History and Memory)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Author Malgorzata Pakier introduces her book as follows, “In recent years, commemoration of the Holocaust has become a major political, cultural, and educational issue for the European Union…There is no other historical event to which European institutions have demonstrated any comparable deep commitment. It is manifest in such initiatives as the European Parliament’s ‘Resolution on Remembrance of the Holocaust, Antisemitism, and Racism’ approved on January 27, 2005, the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and in the adoption of legislation criminalizing denial of the Holocaust at the level of the European Union under the German presidency in April 2007. The European Union has also played a key role in setting up the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, launched on the occasion of the International Forum on the Holocaust, which took place in Stockholm in 2000.” (p. 9) >>more...

Polish Complicity in the Holocaust Remains Unsubstantiated. WCALE NIE POTWIERDZA ZNACZNEJ POLSKIEJ ROLI W HOLOCAUSCIE

Sunday, January 24, 2016
IT IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY DAY, is the title of this Polish language book. It comes across as yet another anti-Polish hit piece related to the Shoah.

The book, at first, seems outwardly objective. Unlike most other Jewish authors, Engelking realizes the Polish suffering under the Germans. However, she seldom internalizes the implications of the situation facing Poles, and how it sometimes drove them to denounce or kill Jews. Poles are always guilty no matter what! >>more...

JEDWABNE WITNESSES;Wha are the Jews?( In polish)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
THE SOVIET REALITY 1939-1941 ACCORDING TO THE TESTIMONIES OF POLISH JEWS, is the title of this Polish-language scholarly work. The bulk of the content of this book consists of the testimonies of those of Poland's Jews that had been deported to Russia in 1939-1941, alongside the larger numbers of ethnic Poles. Some of the cited testimonies are of ethnic Poles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The author is better-known as a person than for his books. In this book (p. 113), he called attention to the indiscriminate use of the charge of anti-Semitism to obstruct inquiry that might lead to valid criticism of Jewish conduct. (p. 113). >>more...

Marthyrdom of POlish Doctors?German-Jewish Attitudes to Hitler, With Possible Zionist-Nazi Symbiosis, Just Before the Nazis Came to Power

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
4Eye-Opener: German-Jewish Attitudes to Hitler, With Possible Zionist-Nazi Symbiosis, Just Before the Nazis Came to Power >>more...

Jewish assimilation

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The obvious theme of this work is Polish-Ukrainian-Jewish coexistence in Lwow (Lviv). This work is full of information, and I focus on a few items of historical--rather than cultural--interest.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS

Lwow (Lviv) was not founded by Danylo, as commonly taught. It long had preceded him. In fact, it is much older than anyone had imagined. Archeological evidence, cited from a Ukrainian-language source, indicates that the site of Lviv has been continuously inhabited since the 5th century A. D. (Yaroslav Hrytsak, p. 48).
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Jedwabne Massacre June 25 1941, July 10 1941 (Board book)summary of facts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The author's father lived in Jedwabne. (p. 149). This book assembles a great deal of information about this subject. Owing to the fact that much has been already written about it, I focus on new and little-known information instead of repeating previously-discussed well-known information. >>more...

Against the tide: The story of an unknown partisanBielski Unit Responsible for the Massacre of the Poles of the

Friday, December 5, 2014
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  The author describes her prewar life in Nowogrodek, Poland, and includes both sociological and biographical information. As with my other reviews, I emphasize matters of persistent relevance in the understanding of Polish-Jewish relations. >>more...

Soviet Jews as Victimizers and Victims of Communism

Sunday, August 17, 2014
This review is from: The Jews of the Soviet Union: The History of a National Minority (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies) (Paperback) Israeli Jewish author Benjamin Pinkus begins with a history of Jews in Russia. Instead of solely blaming Christianity for the negative aspects of Jewish-Christian relations, he also points to the role of Jewish-Christian disputations, Jewish proselytism, and Judaizing sects. (pp. 4-5). As for the 1881-1906 pogroms in tsarist Russia, Pinkus believes that many of them occurred on too geographic an organized scale to be without some degree of government influence behind them. (pp. 28-31). >>more...

Wspomnienia Dawne i NoweAn Eyewitness Polish Railroad Stationmaster to the Threshold of the Treblinka German Death Camp,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
RECOLLECTIONS OLD AND NEW is the title of this Polish-language book. Considering all the non-English Holocaust-related books that have been translated into English, it is a wonder that this one has not been thus translated in its entirety. I focus primarily on matters that have not been raised in translated excerpts from this book. >>more...
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