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Between Fear and Hope

Friday, October 30, 2009
A Surprising Resemblance to Jan T. Gross' FEAR, October 24, 2009 Is Jan Tomasz Gross' FEAR (2007) largely a clone of this 1947 Communist-like hatchet job on Poland? There is the one-sided portrayal of Poles rejoicing at Jewish deaths during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (p. 74). Kazimierz Wyka is quoted as saying that the absence of a Quisling under the German occupation had prevented anti-Semitism from becoming discredited among Poles (pp. 45-46). Accounts of Jews killed by Poles are elaborated, and always presented without verification and in a contextual vacuum. Poles are portrayed as unilaterally resisting postwar Jewish re-acquisitions of their properties. The so-called Kielce Pogrom is naively presented as the outcome of Poles acting on their belief in the blood libel. The church is blamed for its "slow" and ineffective response, and the Pogrom is magnified into a horrible blight upon all of Poland. >>more...

Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947

Monday, August 17, 2009
There is much scholarly material in this fact-filled book, and this review extends an earlier one. >>more...
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