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On Modern Jewish Politics (Studies in Jewish History (Oxford Paperback))

Monday, June 25, 2012
This review is from: On Modern Jewish Politics (Studies in Jewish History (Oxford Paperback)) (Paperback) The Litvaks (Litwaks, LITVAKES in Yiddish) were long the objects of not only Endek but also Jewish preoccupation: "...in the Jewish world of Eastern Europe these Litvaks were celebrated--or damned--for their well-known tendencies toward modernization, secularization, radicalism, and the logical extension of all this, namely, modern nationalism." (p. 42). >>more...

How Jews Killed Jews In Order To Create The State Of Israel

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Now, when professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, Anthony Polonsky published a monumental three volume work entitled “Jews in Poland and Russia,” and in Israel opinions are divided about the wisdom of proposed nuclear bombing of Iran one should also remember the book of Naeim Giladi and his description how Jews killed Jews in order to create the state of Israel. Naeim Giladi, is the author of the book: “Ben-Gurion’s Scandals: How The Haganah and Mossad Eliminated Jews” (Dandelion Books, LLC, Tempe Arizona, 2nd expanded edition 2003). >>more...

The Image of the Jew in Polish Folk Culture (Studies on Polish Jewry)

Monday, May 7, 2012
For a long time, Jews in Poland recognizably held a higher place than the village peasant--that is, most Poles. Notwithstanding the contempt for him as a trader, "The Jew could be in authority both in the rural community and in the nobleman's manor. He was a source of information, gave advice, and acted as go-between." (p. 19). In time, Polish peasants began to compete with Jews in business. During the pre-WWII period, supporters of the economic boycott of Jews sang this ditty: "Don't buy from the Jew, but from your own./ Take a knotty cane, and chase the scabby Jew from Poland./ Why should they be lords in Poland? Let them rather be horses for Arabs in Palestine!" (p. 59). >>more...

From a Ruined Garden, Second Expanded Edition: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry (Indiana-Holocaust Museum Reprint)

Saturday, March 24, 2012
This work, in its expanded 2nd edition, is an anthology of Jewish publications originally written mainly in Yiddish. It takes the "pulse" of Poland's once-huge Jewish community. The book title comes from a Holocaust survivor who, alluding to the rarity of Jewish survival, compared himself to one branch from one plant of a ruined garden. >>more...

Zionism in Poland: The Formaative years, 1915-1926

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Zionism began among the Jews in Russian-occupied eastern Poland. Mendelsohn touches on the Litwaks (Litvaks): "The Litvaks, for example, were disliked by the `Polish' Jews [of Congress Poland] for being too secular, too revolutionary, and too pro-Russian (the Poles disliked them for similar reasons..." (p. 22). Unlike other Jewish authors who revile Dmowski for having stood up to the Jews, the author understands him: "The clash between the Russification policies of the Russian regime and Polish nationalism, while occasionally making possible Jewish-Polish alliances against the tsar, often had the effect of exacerbating Polish-Jewish relations. Those relations reached a new low in 1912, when Jewish support for a Polish socialist candidate to the Russian state Duma (parliament) resulted in an anti-Jewish boycott sponsored by the National Democrat party, which was particularly strong in this region." (p. 20). >>more...

Poland: The Unexplored

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Humphreys, an American visitor to Poland, has much to say about her travels all over Poland. She shows much insight into everyday Polish life.

The author has an evident appreciation of Poland's heroes. She writes: "It was in Lwow too that I saw a statue that belonged, by right, in Warsaw--the shoemaker Kilinski, who led the citizen-soldiers in withstanding a Russian siege in 1794; as great a leader as Kosciuszko, some Poles told me. I thought of Nathan Hale when they translated the inscription: `I have one soul and I offer it as a living shield to protect my country.'" (p. 87). Humphrey also repeats the poignant account of a seven-year-old boy who ran away from home, and, having located an encampment of some soldiers involved in the January (1863) Insurrection, insisted on joining them because he wanted to fight for Poland. (p. 102) >>more...

The Wartime Diary of Edmund Kessler (Jews of Poland)

Thursday, November 24, 2011
This review is from: The Wartime Diary of Edmund Kessler (Jews of Poland) (Paperback) This book consists of two parts: The diary and poetry of Edmund Kessler, who was one of the fugitive Jews in hiding, and the narrative of Kazimierz Kalwinski, the son of the Pole who hid the 24 Jews in his bunker. (p. 110). This work centers on Lwow (Lviv), and encompasses the Soviet, Nazi, and renewed Soviet occupations. WARNING: The cruelties of the Germans and Ukrainians towards the Jews are described in graphic detail--even by Holocaust-material standards. This may be upsetting to sensitive readers >>more...

Captures the Essence of Polish Heroism During the 1939 War, With Additional Valuable Historical Insights,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
There are a number of nonfictional and fictional books concerning non-Poles caught up in the German-Soviet conquest of Poland in September-October 1939, and this is one of the fictional ones. However, it is very realistic >>more...

Agent Bolek

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
 Three important books have recently been published about Lech Wałęsa, world famous “Solidarity” leader and, later, President of Poland. Paweł Zyzak’s impishly shocking Lech Wałęsa - idea i historia. Biografia polityczna legendarnego przywódcy "Solidarności" do 1988 roku [Lech Wałęsa: Ideology and history: A political biography of the legendary leader of „Solidarity” until 1988] (Cracow: Arcana, 2009) is an irreverent attempt to demolish the legend. >>more...

Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times (Scripta Judaica, 3)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Jews and Christians each had stereotypical views of each other (p. xiv), and Jewish views of Christianity were just as unflattering as the reverse. Katz comments: "The biblical name of Edom was, in Talmudic times, applied to Rome. In medieval poetry, however, it is synonymous with Christianity." (p. 16). >>more...
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