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Zamosc Uprising(Polish Edition

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The "Zamosc Uprising" by Polish BCh (Peasant Battalion) Guerrillas Thwarts German Resettlement/Genocide Plans, February 12, 2010 THE ZAMOSC UPRISING, a Polish-language book, is the most recent in a series of BCh (Bataliony Chlopskie) studies by Janusz Gmitruk, all reviewed by me. (Click on Bataliony Chlopskie 1940-1945 (Biblioteka Muzeum Historii Polsiego Ruchu Ludowego) (Polish Edition) and follow the links from my review there). >>more...

Polish Heroism and Suffering and the Eventual Betrayal of Poland,

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The title of this book is a little misleading, as it discusses all aspects of Poland's involvement in WWII, and not only the Underground under German occupation. >>more...

The nature and future of communism

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Remarks delivered at a conference on "Captive Nations: Past, Present-and Future?" at the Heritage Foundation on July 22, 2009 Human drive for equality will always be with us. Communism is one of its most rabid manifestations. Therefore its promise will endure, albeit in ever-changing forms. Let us look at the definition, ideology, typology, practice, and phases of Communism. What is Communism? Firstly, it is an ideology derived from Gnosticism. Gnosis is secret knowledge allegedly possessed by the chosen few who aim to herd the unenlightened human chattel to paradise through a revolution. Communism promised an earthly paradise. Marx was a classic Gnostic for he believed that he had a teleological key to the mystery of past, present, and future which would lead to the secular utopia. >>more...

Speeches of Adolf Hitler: Representative Passages from the Early Speeches, 1922-1924, and Other Selections

Sunday, January 10, 2010
This outstanding resource for scholars consists of two volumes with a common pagination, making it 1,980 pages long. Each speech of Hitler is profusely cross-referenced in an extensive index, so that the researcher can find what Hitler said about just about every imaginable topic. There are also scholarly articles and books for further study. Because they, and the book itself, predate WWII, they are not colored by it. Owing to the breadth of this work, I only touch on a few issues raised by Hitler. [Of course, analyzing Hitler in no way implies agreement with him or admiration for him, and my five-star rating is for the historical value.] >>more...

Zdrajcy Narodu?: Losy Volksdeutschow W Polsce Po II Wojnie Swiatowej (Polish Edition)

Sunday, January 3, 2010
TRAITORS TO THE NATION? THE FATE OF THE VOLKSDEUTSCHEN AFTER WORLD WAR II is the title of this Polish-language book. The Volksdeutsche have been misrepresented, in certain Holocaust circles, as Poles allowed to become Germans--in effect a Nazi favor to Poles. Far from it! To begin with, Hitler defined Poles and Germans racially, rejecting the notion that a Pole could ever become a German, notwithstanding linguistic and cultural Germanization. >>more...

General Anders and the Soldiers of the Second Polish Corps

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Very rarely have I encountered an author as this one, who makes every effort to be scrupulously objective, especially in often emotionally-charged issues. Sarner utilizes a combination of previous works, archival materials, interviewed participants, etc. He provides a valuable lesson in the fact that neither interviewees nor archives are necessarily reliable. (e. g., pp. ii-iii, 71, 166) >>more...

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is one of the most comprehensive works on this subject. It includes not only excellent 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 guerilla 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...

POLAND BETRAYED: The Nazi-Soviet Invasions of 1939

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This comprehensive work discusses such things as the background to WWII, the Poles' cracking of the "invincible" German ENIGMA Code, Polish alliances and preparations for war, the Polish Air Force and Navy, the course of the 1939 campaign, the German and Russian occupation zones of Poland, biographies of key figures, survivors' reminiscences, etc. Unlike most other books on this subject, Williamson gives significant details about the Russo-Polish war in eastern Poland in 1939, countering the mistaken notion that Poles offered almost no resistance to the invading Soviets. >>more...

Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War II

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Includes the Surprising Nazi Tolerance of American Jewish POWs, November 21, 2009 Instead of repeating other reviewers, let's focus mostly on seldom-mentioned content. Interestingly, Werner Goering, the nephew of Hermann, fought on the American side. (p. 136-on). Though both Sweden and Switzerland were neutral, the latter tilted strongly towards the Germans (p. 173), and treated downed American flyers accordingly. There is a brief account of the evacuation of Stalag Luft III in the face of the advancing Red Army (p. 203)--an evacuation that took place several months after the famous GREAT ESCAPE. >>more...

Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler's Most Brilliant General by Field Marshal Erich von Manstein Edition: Paperback

Friday, October 30, 2009
Rather than repeating other reviewers, I focus mostly on previously-unmentioned content. Owing to the volume of information available, I largely limit my review to the 1939 war.

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