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Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe;The Same Old, Standard Judeocentric Approach to the Holocaust. Attempts to Impose it on Eastern Europeans,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The only value of this book is the comprehensiveness of its treatment of public reception to the Holocaust throughout Eastern Europe. Otherwise, the reader who is looking for something new, or particularly enlightening, can stop right here. It does not. It treats the Holocaust as self-evidently supreme over all other genocides, and never stops hammering this point into the heads of the many Eastern European peoples. >>more...

The Holocaust in Israeli Public Debate in the 1950s: Ideology and Memory;When Jewish Collaboration With the Nazis Was Recognized as a Valid Consideration. Strong Anti-Polish Innuendo,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This works features the Judenrat controversy, the question of Jewish heroism, martyrdom, and "passivity". However, this stands out over everything else in this book: >>more...

: Antisemitism: Its History and Cause;Universality of Anti-Semitism. Especially Good on Anti-Semitism in Pre-Christian Antiquity

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The author was a French Jew, and professed to offer a middle view--between that of the anti-Semite and the philo-Semite. (p. 5). My review is based on the original 1903 English-language edition of the 1894 French work. Owing to its comprehensiveness, I can only focus on a few issues.
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The defamation of the Poles Zydowskie Oszczerstwa Prszeciw Polskie i Polakow,Antysemityzm Antypolonizm Wielkie Nieporozumienie;The defamation of the Poles;

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The chosen Jew;An Eye-Opening Account of How Jews Became a Merchant Class

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This fascinating, scholarly work begins with a large amount of Jewish demographic detail. At the time of the destruction of the Second temple (65), the Jewish population of the Middle East, North Africa, and eventual Europe was in the 2.5-8.0 million range. By 650, it had plummeted to 1.2 million. (p. 112). After a slight rise, it bottomed out at about 1 million in 1492. (p. 18, 49-50). >>more...

Jewish Exceptionalism, Including That in Communism and in Modern Forms of Radicalism,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This thought-provoking work, written by a Jewish author, rejects the premise of classical anti-Semitism ("Jews control everything") while also rejecting the other extreme (Jews as an innocuous, powerless minority). For example, consider the rise of anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia. It was not to keep Jews down: It was to rein-in Jewish advantages. Slezkine comments, "One reason why Jews were victims of state persecution was that so many of them were becoming elite members." (p. 158) >>more...

Why Should Jews Survive?: Looking Past the Holocaust toward a Jewish Future; the Cult of the Holocaust. Unusual Frankness on Onetime Bribery of High-Level Gentiles, & Tax Evasion,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This work contains much interesting information—and not only related to theology and the Shoah. Author Goldberg believes that American Jews must stop thinking of surviving for survival’s sake, and to return to God. >>more...

Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland;The Bund and Communism: Little Difference. Jew-on-Jew Violence Dwarfs Pole-on-Jew Violence. The Militant Atheism of the Bund,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This work is the memoir of Bernard Goldstein (1889-1959). He also wrote THE STARS BEAR WITNESS [see my review]. >>more...

Separation and Its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This is essentially a scholarly reference work. It contains hundreds of references for further study. Because there is so much information in this book, I touch on a few items of interest: >>more...

A Fire Burns in Kotsk: A Tale of Hasidism;Esoteric Hasidic Ideas. Hasidic Jews and Alcohol. Jewish Elitism. Jews and the Polish November 1830 Insurrection. Jewish Spies

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The setting of this book is at Kotsk (Kock), in Russian-ruled partitioned Poland, around 1825. It is a novel originally written in 1946 by Menashe Unger, who had been a Polish Jew from a Hasidic family, and an assiduous analyst of oral and written Hasidic wisdom, on which he based this novel. (Glenn Dynner, p. xi). >>more...
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