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BEFORE HITLER: BOOKS ON THE JEWS OF WEIMAR GERMANY;The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany by Michael Brenner

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Neutral Perspectives:

Unfinished Victory. (My review posted February 28, 2016).

Germany Puts the Clock Back. (My review posted February 28, 2016).

Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin (Expanded Edition) >>more...

The Jews In Nazi Germany: A Handbook Of Facts Regarding Their Present Situation;WWI Jewish-German Symbiosis, at Poland’s Expense, Confirmed. The Rest? A Very-Oversimplified anti-Nazi Apologetic

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
My review is based on the original edition, published in April 1935. This book analyzes the situation of Jews in Nazi Germany in the first two years since Hitler came to power. It thus is pre-Holocaust, pre-WWII, pre-Kristallnacht, and pre-Nuremberg Laws. The book includes some interesting figures. For instance, the German cities with the largest Jewish populations in 1925 were: Berlin [with 172,672], Frankfurt on Main [29,835], Breslau (now Wroclaw) [23,240], Hamburg [19,794], and Koln (Cologne) [16,093]. (p. 5). >>more...

Lessons of the Holocaust (UTP Insights);"Not Accepting Immigrants": Double Standard—Poland and Israel. The Frequent Holocaust-Related Belittling of Non-Jewish Ideals

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Wartime Fate of Poles and Jews Deatail information aboutthe Polonophobic Bilge of Neo-Stalinist Jan T. Gross

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Even the well-informed reader will learn much from this work. The comprehensiveness and depth of this tome is head, shoulders, and chest above that of Jan T. Gross and his Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust. (See also the Peczkis review therein).


In the Introduction, the editors trace historical developments. Communist propaganda smeared Poland as anti-Semitic, and the West welcomed this as a palliative for Yalta pangs of conscience. The rise of identity politics in American academia meant that the moral right always belonged to the minority, and criticism of Jews was dismissed as anti-Semitism. (pp. 13-14). [Of course, minority is a relative term. Next to the vastly more populous and powerful Germans and Russians, Poles are very much a minority!] >>more...

Jewish Studies and Holocaust Education in Poland: Essays on Past and Current Practice;Some Useful Data. The Rest? All the Standard Judeocentric Pole-Accusing Memes and Inaccurate Information

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Although this book is free of the strident Polonophobic formulations of many Jewish authors, it consistently repeats the well-worn standard narrative of the innocent victim Jew and the villainous Catholic Pole. It therefore has little to offer beyond an overview of Jewish events in today’s Poland. I have provided a list of books, in the comments section, as corrective for the biases of this book, for the interested reader. >>more...

The Myths of Liberal Zionism; Condemnation of Holocaust Supremacism and of Holocaust Blame-Shifting From Germans Unto Poles

Friday, July 28, 2017
Author Yitzhak Laor has been lauded as one of Israel’s most prominent dissidents and poets. Much of his work focuses on what he considers the injustices of Israel against the Palestinians. There is even censorship in action. For example, Laor comments, “In today’s Israel, it is not that easy to research the atrocities committed by Israeli soldiers in the war of 1948. People have lost their jobs in Israeli universities for less than that.” (p. 57). >>more...

Pharrajimos: The Fate of the Roma During the Holocaust;Judeocentric Holocaust Supremacism: The Same Arguments Used to Marginalize the Poles’ Genocide and the Gypsies' Genocide

Friday, July 28, 2017
This Hungarian-based work, now in the English language, provides interesting perspectives on the PHARRAJIMOS (PORAJMOS), the Nazi-German genocide of the Sinti and Roma peoples during WWII. Editors Barsony and Daroczi belong to one of the original organizers of the Romany civil rights movement in Hungary. One striking feature of this work, which I emphasize in this review, is the recycling of old arguments to justify the supremacy of the Shoah over all other genocides, this time against the Gypsies. I elaborate on this >>more...

Ida (English Subtitled)

Friday, July 28, 2017
This gloomy movie is more than the story of IDA—a prospective Catholic nun who learns that she is of Jewish background. It is also a vehicle for reinforcing pro-Jewish stereotypes about Poles. And I thought that Hollywood (and other western-based film-making outlets) are supposed to be careful about not perpetuating stereotypes. Evidently not—at least when the Polish UNTERMENSCHEN are involved. >>more...

Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation

Friday, July 28, 2017
This anthology can be of value insofar as it catalogues many Holocaust-related films. We also learn that the promotion of the Holocaust, notably in films, is now very much an international effort. For instance, in 2000-2004, nearly 40 percent of Holocaust movies were multinational endeavors. (Kobrynskyy and Bayer, p. 15). >>more...

Memory and Political Change;Revealing Statement on Jewish-German Reconciliation. Money Talks: Implications for the Holocaust Industry,

Friday, July 28, 2017
This book touches on many different aspects of victimhood. My review focuses exclusively on the Holocaust.

The author has much to say about German guilt after the Shoah. Perhaps without intending to, she draws attention to the stereotype of Jews being vindictive, as well as the reasoning behind the premise that Jews have been soft-peddling German guilt, and commonly shifting the blame for the Holocaust to Christianity and to Poles, because they had been paid off by the Germans. All this started with the Israeli-German Luxemburg Agreement of 1952. It has since become known as the Holocaust Industry, along with its ever-increasing set of “perpetrators” from whom to demand never-ending financial “restitution”. >>more...
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