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The hero who voluntarily infiltrated Auschwitz

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Historical experience demonstrates that the vast majority of people would not voluntarily enter hell. In the mid-20th century, aside from the Gulag, that would be German Nazi concentration camps. One individual actually volunteered for such a suicidal operation, the heroic Witold Pilecki. He was a uniquely courageous and daring individual. This patriotic Pole and underground soldier infiltrated KL Auschwitz in one of the most daring intelligence gathering operations of the Second World War. After his escape from the camp nearly three years later, he fought the German Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Pilecki subsequently snuck into Poland to combat the Communists after the war, and was executed by the country's Soviet-controlled puppet regime. >>more...

The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian

Monday, November 26, 2012
This review is from: The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian (Paperback) This work is semi-autobiographical in nature. It provides insights into how the Jewish author Hilberg developed and published his seminal study on the Holocaust. He also discusses notable Holocaust personages such as Bruno Bettelheim, Hannah Arendt, Gerald Reitlinger, Leon Poliakov, Lucy Dawidowicz, Jason Browning, and Warsaw Ghetto Council Chairman Adam Czerniakow. >>more...

Operacja "Jedwabne": Mity i fakty (Polish Edition)

Sunday, November 11, 2012
OPERATION "JEDWABNE": MYTHS AND FACTS, is the title of this Polish-language book. Owing to the vintage of this book, much of its information has been expanded upon, and will generally not be repeated here. See, for instance, The Massacre in Jedwabne, July 10, 1941: Before, During, After (read also the Peczkis review). >>more...

Experiencing and Surviving the German Death Camp at Treblinka, October 10, 2012 Treblinka

Monday, October 15, 2012
Jankiel (Yankiel) Wiernik is one of the few Jewish forced laborers at Treblinka to have escaped from this Nazi German factory of death, and lived to tell the world about it. He had various jobs at the camp, including the construction of more and ever-larger gas chambers (p. 18). There is no reason for questioning the veracity of what Wiernik has written. He reports the emanation of steam from intertwined layers of corpses on a hot day (p. 39). [Decomposition of bodies is an exothermic reaction]. Either Wiernik had arcane knowledge of the chemistry of putrefaction, or he actually saw what he claimed to have seen. >>more...

The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust

Thursday, August 16, 2012
This large book contains few-page testimonies each of over a hundred rescuers of Jews of assorted nationalities. The rescuers' accounts are listed alphabetically by name. There is also an index in which the rescuers are sorted by nationality. The rescuers represented are not according to frequency of rescuers overall by nationality. (As of January 1, 2012, there are more Polish rescuers than that of any other nationality, even though the number of eastern European rescuers is strongly undercounted. And no, the abundance of Polish rescuers does not follow from the abundance of Polish Jews. To the contrary: Unlike the situation in western Europe, all but a small percentage of Polish Jews had been locked away by the Germans in ghettos, where they were beyond the reach of otherwise Polish rescuers). >>more...

The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

Monday, June 25, 2012
Instead of repeating information presented by other reviewers, I mainly focus mainly on matters not mentioned by them, especially insofar as they shed little-known insights on the function of Nazi Germans in general and the Auschwitz Concentration/Death Camp in particular. WARNING: The descriptions of German cruelties are graphic, and may upset the sensitive reader. >>more...

German Nazi-Like Conduct Long Before Hitler

Friday, May 18, 2012
The events described in this work occurred in a German colony in present-day Namibia in the early 1900's. Unlike most indigenous peoples experiencing colonialism, the Nama (Hottentots) and Herero had not retreated into the hinterland or died-off from diseases. (p. 75). Nor were they impoverished in their dealings with the colonists. (p. 116). Despite a severe recent wave of rinderpest and other maladies, most Herrero peoples had bounced back into their pastoralist lifestyle. (p. 101). >>more...

Krótka Historia Niemców i Lechitów

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Lechici Zachodni byli autochtonami na południowych wybrzeżach Bałtyku i ich nazewnictwo miejscowości sięga przez południową Danię do Renu. Tysiąc lat temu rozpoczął się podbój germański i rabunek ziem Lechitów Zachodnich w imię nawracania na chrześcijaństwo słowiańskich pogan. W XIII wieku nastąpił ponowny rabunek ziem Bałto-Słowian czyli Prusów. Polacy wówczas uzyskali przyjęcie na synodzie w Konstancji w 1412 roku* określenia ludobójstwa Prusów jako tak zwaną „Pruską Herezję” sformułowaną przez ambasadora Polski i rektora Uniwersytetu Krakowskiego Pawła Włodkowica, który walczył przeciwko fałszowaniu przez Krzyżaków czasowych przywilejów i zmieniania ich na akty permanentne >>more...

Holocaust Forgotten - Five Million Non-Jewish Victims

Monday, May 7, 2012
A Concise Overview of the 5 Million Forgotten Victims of the Nazis >>more...

Stella: One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler's Germany

Monday, May 7, 2012
This work introduces the reader to Jewish life in pre-Nazi and Nazi Germany. Out of about 500,000 Jews in Germany, 173,000 lived in Berlin. All of the major Berlin department stores were Jewish-owned, as was most of the principal newspaper publishers. The powerful Warburg Jewish banking family lived in Hamburg. Most Jews, however, were shopkeepers. (p. 21). >>more...
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