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Jewish Life in 19th-Century Russian-Ruled Poland (Present-Day Belarus). Inadvertent Correction of Lanzmann's anti-Polish SHOAH,Journey to a Nineteenth-Century Shtetl: The Memoirs of Yekhezkel Kotik (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology) (Paperback)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The setting of this work is the town of Kamenets (Kamyenyets, Kamieniec), which is located not far south of the famous Bialowieza Forest. Because there is so much information presented, I divide my review into specialized topics, and emphasize those of broader relevance to Jewish-Polish relations. >>more...

Poland and the Polish Question: Impressions and Afterthoughts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The reviewer was a Briton (p. 135), and her work was inspired by her visit to Poland in 1913. (p. 7). My review is based on the original 1915 edition. This work provides a comprehensive survey of Polish history up to that time, and includes a moderate amount of material on Polish culture. Author Ninian Hill is not sympathetic to the cause of Polish independence. She suggests that the best that Poles can hope for is being united into one geographic unit, and with autonomy, under one of the Partitioning powers. [How wrong she was!] >>more...

The Przytyk Pogrom in pre-WWII Poland: the Untold Story

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Przytyk needs re-evaluation because of the likes of Heller's ON THE EDGE OF DESTRUCTION (p. 19). The English-language title of this book is: Pogrom? The Polish-Jewish Incident at Przytyk on March 9, 1936. Myths, Facts, and Documents. It contains an English summary (pp. 369-372). Polish_English

The Construction of Nationhood: Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism (1996 Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University of Belfa

Friday, July 15, 2016
This book is written to counter the “modernist” interpretation of nations as exemplified by Eric Hobsbawm, Benedict Anderson, and Ernest Geller. The author begins with medieval Europe. However, time and time again, author Adrian Hastings returns to ancient Israel as an example of a nation. (p. 3, 18, 186). >>more...

the Nature of Polonophobia and the Agendas Behind It,

Friday, July 15, 2016
ANTIPOLONISM: EIGHT CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE HATRED FOR POLAND is the title of this Polish-language book. Stanislaw Michalkiewicz is the interviewee, and author Tomasz Sommer is the interviewer. German, Russian, and especially Jewish Polonophobia are examined. >>more...

Defamation of the POles

Friday, July 15, 2016
Although 25 years now (2014) have passed since this book was published, it remains relevant. This owes to the fact that SHOAH is still widely used, and because the same anti-Polish themes of Lanzmann are being repeated by neo-Stalinists such as Jan T. Gross. The author himself was a victim of the Holocaust (in the non-Judeocentric sense). He was a prisoner in German penal camps, and was imprisoned and tortured by the Gestapo. (p. 6).

antipolonism, >>more...

Geman thoughts, german superiority,nasism German war domination German conquest aand culture

Friday, July 15, 2016
This 1917 work has numerous quotations from leading Germans. It is profusely indexed, giving the source of the quote and a brief biographical blurb about every person quoted. Major themes in this work include German expansionism, the pursuit of war as a legitimate policy, the will to power, and related concepts. The informed reader will probably be struck as to how many of the ideas presented in this century-old book are now fulfilled in terms of German hegemony over Europe through the modern European Union.


Thus Spake Germany, by W. W. Coole and M. F. Potter. 1941.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Nowadays, most Holocaust materials treat the Nazis as if they were faceless aliens from another planet that landed in the 1930s and departed in 1945. In contrast, this gem of a book shows the deep roots of Nazism in centuries of German thinking. Citing hundreds of prominent Germans, it clearly shows that “Nazi” themes (such as German supremacism, imperialism, racism, genocide, drive for expansionism, anti-Semitism, etc.) were in fact held by hundreds of respected German thinkers long before Hitler. >>more...

Winni-historia obalania mitow zydowskich posadzajacych POlakow

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinimThe Long History of a Jewish Malediction Against Christianity. A Call for Mutual Self-Examination. The HAREDIM's
This is a fascinating, technical book. The author traces the history of the BIRKAT HAMINIM from antiquity, through the Middle Ages, and to modern times. In recent times, this prayer has been softened, with removal of reference to enemies, and with the condemnation of evil, as an abstraction, having replaced the condemnation of sinners. (pp. 156-on). >>more...
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