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Holocaust Forgotten or Revisited

Mass murder and moral code: some thoughts on an easily misunderstood subject

Monday, October 18, 2010

Research on perpetrators of genocidal processes and especially of the
Holocaust is still puzzled by the fact that most of the atrocities and
killings have been executed by ‘ordinary men’, i.e. by persons with a
self-concept which would not have indicated that they could become
killers. The guiding question of research on genocidal perpetrators is
therefore how given moral inhibitions and moral values could have
been overcome, or, to put it simply, how good people could have been
turned into bad ones. The following article proposes the opposite
question: Is it possible that particular moral commitments and
principles gave the perpetrators a sense of continuing moral integrity
that enabled them to carry out the killings? This socio-psychological
proposal is first elaborated theoretically and then illustrated with a case
study on Franz Stangl, the commander of the extermination camp of
Key words Holocaust, mass murder, morality of perpetrators,
rationality, role distance

Polacy I Zydzi Pod Okupacja Niemiecka 1939-1945: Studia I Materiay (Polish Edition)

Monday, October 11, 2010
POLES AND JEWS UNDER THE GERMAN OCCUPATION 1939-1945 is the title of this Polish-language scholarly anthology (with English summary: pp. 980-981). Owing to its breadth, I focus on only a few items. >>more...

The Terrible Secret: Suppression of the Truth About Hitler's "Final Solution"

Thursday, September 23, 2010
This encyclopedic work, by a French Jew, covers many details about the emergence of news about what has become to be known as the Holocaust. Some of the early information is valuable and correct only when viewed in hindsight. >>more...

Polish children kidnapped by Nazi government

Monday, September 13, 2010
Mueller should know that the Nazi government in Berlin ordered kidnapping some 200,000 Polish blond children in order “to improve the German race” which among others carries the genes of Avars, Turkmen from Asia who populated the Marck of Avaria later named Bavaria. By 880 AD Fankish fortifications called “Limes Sorabicus” and “Limes Saxoniae” on eastern shores of the Rhine River were built from the “Danish Mark” to the “Mark of Avaria. >>more...

Auschwitz Chronicle: 1939-1945

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Auschwitz was originally opened, in 1940, for Poles. In 1942, it became a tool for the mass gassing of Jews, who were not even registered upon arrival. Among those actually incarcerated in Auschwitz I, in July 1944, there were 8,200 Jews and 3,800 Poles. (p. 664). According to the camp resistance, there were incarcerated, in several of the main camps in August 1944, a total of 18,600 Poles and 23,000 Jews. (p. 693) >>more...

Shtetl Jews Under Soviet Rule: Eastern Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust (Jewish Society and Culture) Partial Insights into Jewish-Soviet Collaboration in USSR-Conquered Eastern Poland

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This is one of the few books, written by a Jewish author, which acknowledges the fact that large numbers of Polish Jews collaborated with the Soviet authorities who had invaded eastern Poland in September-October 1939. Not mentioned, however, is the role which local Jews played in fifth-column attacks on Poles, and the disarming of Poles during the Soviet conquest of eastern Poland. (See Peczkis review of Przemilczane zbrodnie: Zydzi i Polacy na Kresach w latach 1939-1941 (Polish Edition)). Also not mentioned is the fact that large number of Poles were sent to horrible deaths in Siberia as a result of this collaboration. Despite these serious omissions, Pinchuk has provided us an important work. >>more...

Pavement of Hell: Three Leaders of the Judenrat

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This three-part book focuses on the lives of Chaim Rumkowski (Rumkovsky) of the Lodz (Litzmannstadt) Ghetto, Adam Czerniakow of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Jacob Gens of the Vilna (Wilno, Vilnius) Ghetto. Tushnet consistently brings up examples of behaviors in these men that were variously harmful and at other times helpful towards fellow Jews facing the unfolding Holocaust. He also cites a selection of Jewish opinions on the character of these Judenrat leaders >>more...

Liliana's journal: Warsaw 1939-1945

Thursday, March 25, 2010
In common with countless Jewish and Polish eyewitnesses, the author describes the indiscriminate bombing and strafing of defenseless Polish civilians, by the Luftwaffe, during the German-Soviet conquest of Poland in 1939. (p. 11). She recognizes the fact that the Volksdeutschen were Poles of German descent. (p. 18). >>more...

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and Rare Jewish Acknowledgement of the Communist GL-AL Killing Fugitive Jews,

Thursday, March 25, 2010
While describing the events that led up to and included the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943), the author frequently mentions the many forms of Polish aid to Jews. (p. 19, 21, 45, 59, 68, 80, 88, 95, 98, 136). This included help from members of the Policja Granatowa (Polish Blue Police)(p. 63, 71), which has at times been misrepresented as a mostly collaborationist force. >>more...

Between tumbling walls

Saturday, March 20, 2010
This book is unusual in several respects. It contains a diary of life in Warsaw--not in the Warsaw Ghetto before the Jewish Uprising, but covert life in Aryan Warsaw after this Uprising. (pp. 115-157). >>more...
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