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A Narrow Bridge to Life: Jewish Slave Labor and Survival in the Gross-Rosen Camp System, 1940-1945

Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Nazis started to use foreigners for forced labor in 1939 (p. 69), but especially from 1940. Goebbels stated that "Roma [Gypsies], Jews, and Poles will receive identical treatment" in this regard. (p. 13).

The concentration camp at Gross Rosen (now Rogoznica), like Auschwitz, was not originally built for Jews. (p. 78). As was the case with Auschwitz, Poles comprised most of its original WWII inmates. (p. 69). Later, Poles comprised 60-65% of inmates in 1942 and 45% of inmates in 1944. (p. 77). (My father, Kazimierz Peczkis, as well as my onetime dentist since I was a child, Charles Brachmanski, had been inmates of Gross Rosen.). After the fall of the Soviet-betrayed Warsaw Uprising, Poles again became a large majority of the inmates at Gross Rosen. According to Gutterman, the Poles, by their obvious spirit of defiance against the Nazis, raised the morale of the Jewish inmates. (p. 94) >>more...


Sunday, August 28, 2011
The author lived in Radzyn, Poland. Soon after his birth in 1918, his family went through pogroms, which he describes as follows: "The violence was unpredictable. Sometimes, it would move across an entire region like a storm rumbling across an open plain. Other times, it was local, contained within a city or town. Sparked by a single incident, an unkind word, a bad business transaction, a simple rumor, the violence would flare for days." (p. 5). [The American reader can see close parallels with past episodes of U.S. racial violence. It could be local or nationwide. Nearly always, it was some perceived "us vs. them" incident, such as a black harming a white, or a white harming a black, that triggered it.] >>more...

Eichmann in my hands

Monday, May 30, 2011
The reader gets a summary of the unfolding Holocaust, and Eichmann's central role in it. Mass ghettoization gave way to mass shootings, which in turn gave way to mass gassings. Eichmann was especially involved in the destruction of Hungary's Jews just as the Red Army was on the outskirts of Budapest. Hungarian Jew Kastner (Kasztner), who made a deal with Eichmann, is mentioned as a "notorious name in Israel." (p. 227). >>more...

4.0 out of 5 stars A Jewish Member of the A. K., Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Remarks, and Pole-on-Pole Looting

Monday, May 30, 2011
Zdzislaw Przygoda was an assimilated Polish Jew who eventually joined the Underground Armia Krajowa (A. K., or AK). His job in the A. K. was to hide escapees of all sorts and to give them false identification papers. (p. 57-on). The Gestapo caught him, but he managed to survive the war in various camps. Earlier, he had been an eyewitness to German terror bombing of defenseless Polish civilians during the 1939 war. (p. 39). >>more...

Anatomia perfidii J. T. Gross’a

Monday, January 31, 2011
Anatomia perfidii J. T. Gross’a jest tematem mojego artykułu dla prasy katolickiej w USA pod tytułem „Holocaust Profiteering by Literary Hoax” czyli „Eksploatacja Holokaustu za pomocą fałszerstw literackich.” Głównym negatywnym bohaterem tego artykułu jest J. T. Gross i jego cztery ostatnie książki fałszujące historię na korzyść dziś kompromitowanego przez niektórych autorów żydowskich, żydowskiego ruchu roszczeniowego >>more...

Burning Questions an Emmy Award Winning Documentary About Polish Catholics in the Holocaust

Friday, December 31, 2010
Everyone knows about the 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans during WWII. Who has ever heard of the 3 million Polish gentiles who met the same fate, including a large fraction of Poland's intelligentsia (teachers, professors, priests, etc.)? Is the genocide of Poles part of the Holocaust, a holocaust but not the Holocaust, or some other item in Newspeak? >>more...

How the WWII Genocide of Jews Became Supreme Over all the Other Genocides

Friday, December 31, 2010
Novick points out that tax money is being used to support Holocaust museums, and that emphasis on the Holocaust in American society is largely self-perpetuating, as there are thousands of full-time Holocaust professionals employed for its maintenance, transmission and dissemination. According to Novick (p.277), the closing of Holocaust institutions and the cessation of required Holocaust teaching in schools would create intolerable controversy. >>more...

5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish Exceptionalism in Historical and Broader Context: The Jewish Century

Friday, November 5, 2010
This thought-provoking work rejects the premise of classical anti-Semitism ("Jews control everything") while also rejecting the other extreme (Jews as an innocuous, powerless minority). For example, consider the rise of anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia: "One reason why Jews were victims of state persecution was that so many of them were becoming elite members." (p. 158). >>more...

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...
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