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Judaism, Christianity and GermanyGerman Catholic Cardinal Opposes the Anti-Christian, Neopagan, and Hateful Aspects of Nazism

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cardinal Faulhaber had been the Archbishop of Munich during the Nazi era. (My review is based on the original 1934 English-language edition.) This book was written soon after Hitler came to power. It is mainly theological, and has a refreshing depth and clarity that is usually absent amidst the superficiality and “theobabble” that characterize much of modern theology. >>more...

Persecution, Polemic, and Dialogue: Essays in Jewish-Christian Relations (Judaism and Jewish Life)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This work is packed with much interesting information. For instance, the term MINIM probably referred mainly to Jewish Christians. (p. 95).

I focus on a few salient and thought-provoking issues: >>more...

The Jews of Eastern Europe (Kindle Edition)Two Sides to the Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
My review is based on the original 1921 edition. The author, John Howard Adeney, had much firsthand experience with the Jews of Romania. >>more...

Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial (Law, Meaning, and Violence)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This work describes and analyzes the trails of Kastner, Eichmann, Yigal Amir, and the killers at Kufr Qassem. (Yigal Amir was the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995).

The conquering Jew

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Author John Foster Fraser, a Briton, states that his work is written from neither a pro- nor anti-Semitic viewpoint. (p. 1). He emphasizes the Jews of Europe and the USA. This work describes the many Jewish successes in so many endeavors. [My review is based on the original 1915 edition.] >>more...

Jews and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Russia (Paperback)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Jewish revolutionary activity, as discussed in this book, centered on revolutionary Populism. That based on Marxism was not to emerge until the 1890’s. (p. xii).

Interestingly, the anarchist Bakunin opposed the Jewish revolutionaries. He saw them as purveyors of “bourgeois socialism”, and followers of “German Jews”. (p. 25). >>more...

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...
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