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The Warsaw Rising 1944: Perception and Reality.

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Last fall CNN decided to make a documentary on the Warsaw Rising of 1944.2 The producers and journalists involved with the project initially knew very little.3 To remedy that, first, they were given a short bibliography in English.4 Next, they were shown a few hours of original documentary footage and several albums of still photography from the Rising. Further, the CNN team was supplied with a list of witnesses and participants. Last but not least, the producers became familiar with the music from the Rising. In short, after immersing themselves in the material, they probably learned more about this historical event than the average Pole. >>more...

A Polish Jew Deported into the Interior of the USSR in 1940,

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The author of this book grew up in pre-WWII Poland. He came from a well-to-do, assimilated Jewish family, who had Polonized their name (from Weidenfeld to Wajdenfeld (p. 357); subsequently Anglicized to Waydenfeld.) In common with many assimilated Polish Jews, the Waydenfelds were atheists. (p. 404, 406). [This recounts Cardinal Hlond's much-maligned 1936 "Jews are freethinkers" statement. >>more...

Defensive doctrine of Poland used in 1939 was decisive and made history

Sunday, December 6, 2009
The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War was commemorated in Gdańsk, where German battleship Schlezwig-Holstein on a “goodwill visit” on September 1, 1939 at 4.45 a.m. fired the first shots of the war with its 16 inch guns aiming at Polish military base on the peninsula of Westerplatte in the free city of Gdansk. On September 1, 2009 European heads of governments gathered on Westerplatte, to commemorate and honor the anniversary of WWII. >>more...

Eisenhower and the German Pows: Facts Against Falsehood (Eisenhower Center Studies on War and Peace)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This work examines, and soundly debunks, the claim of James Bacque, who had asserted in his OTHER LOSSES, that the Allies under Eisenhower deliberately starved 800,000--1,000,000 captured German POWs. However, this scholarly work is valuable not only in the refutation of the methodology used by Bacque in his book (and subsequent ones), but also in understanding the fallacious argumentation used by other forms of pro-German revisionism (such as that which insists that 2 million Germans perished during the expulsions from post-WWII Poland). >>more...

Poland: Eagle in the East

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The British author is generally well informed about Poland's history and sufferings during WWII. Did you realize that 38% of Poland's fixed assets were destroyed in the war and ensuing German occupation? (p. 110). Also, not only large numbers of Jews but also large numbers of Poles were murdered during the German conquest and occupation of Poland. While discussing the Polish aid to fugitive Jews, Woods includes mention of the hamlet of Osiny, where the Poles took turns hiding a Jewish girl so that everyone would be guilty, and the Germans would thereby not be able to play one Pole against another in terms of denunciation. (p. 28). >>more...

German Scholars and Ethnic Cleansing, 1919-1945 (English and German Edition)

Friday, October 30, 2009
Move over, jack-booted thugs! The reader may be astonished at the depth of broad-based German intellectuals' support for Germano-supremacist attitudes. It began, first of all, in defining what a German is, particularly one who has lived among non-Germans for generations (e. g., Michael Fahlbusch, p. 34). (This work also contains some information of genealogical interest in this regard.) German liberals such as Otto Scheel were in basic agreement with Nazi attitudes against the Slavs. (Eric Kurlander, pp. 204-207). >>more...

All About Poland: Facts, Figures, Documents

Friday, October 30, 2009
This work, written shortly after the fall of Poland in 1939, is essentially a mini-encyclopedia of interwar Poland. It includes the "miracle of Gdynia", in which Poland transformed a fishing village into a major port in ten years. In 1924, Gdynia handled 58 ships; in 1938 nearly 13,000 ships. (pp. 184-185). >>more...

Jozef Beck's Memoirs: Insights into Teschen (Cieszyn), Nonaggression Pacts, 1939 Wartime Evacuation, etc.

Friday, October 30, 2009
This work provides Jozef Beck's perspective on such things as the Pilsudski coup of 1926, interwar Poland, international diplomacy and Poland's "dance of safety" between two aggressive powers, and much more. It also touches on his personal life >>more...

Review of Secret Agents, Spies, and Saboteurs, by Janusz Piekalkiewicz. 1969.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thrilling Accounts of WWII Intelligence, Including the Sikorski Death and V-2 Rocket Capture  This work consists of numerous, separate chapters, each of which describes a particular event. Topics include Operation Sea Lion (details given on the planned German invasion of England in 1940), the Czech-partisan assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the D-Day deception (which fooled Germans as to the locations of the Allied landings), the Battle of Kursk in detail, the Soviet-betrayed Polish Warsaw Uprising of 1944, the German commandos during the Battle of the Bulge, the mythical Bavarian redoubt towards the end of the European war, and much more. >>more...

Democracy of one million citizens in XVIc. Poland.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Poland’s indigenous democratic process created the democracy, which had one million free citizens by the beginning of the seventeenth century. This happened within the multinational Polish Nobles Republic, which was rooted in the old Slavic tradition. The height of early  military successes of Slavic Tribal Military Democracies happened already by the year 740 AD. It caused the Kingdom of the Franks to build its “Maginot Line” of that period, named “Limes Sorabicus” and “Limes Saxonia” build east of the Rhine River, from the Danish Mark in the north to the Mark of Avaria (now Bavaria) in the south. (Iwo C. Pogonowski: Hippocrene Books Inc, New York, 2000, 3rd edition 2008, page 3.) >>more...
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