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THE SPIRIT OF THE YOUNG: THE POLISH NATIONAL RADICAL CAMP IN THE YEARS 1934-1944. FROM STUDENT REVOLTS TO CONSPIRACY FOR POLISH INDEPENDENCEONR: NOT POLISH FASCISM

Monday, December 29, 2014
The oenerowcy did evaluate their political philosophies in juxtaposition with various fascist movements in Europe at the time. However, the ONR did so not in order to emulate them, but rather to compare them with its own, especially in the light of Poland's realities. (p. 19). >>more...

More Than Independence: Polish Political Thought 1918-1939

Monday, December 29, 2014
This anthology features many authors and political movements. Owing to its breadth, I focus on a few items.

THE PEASANTRY AND THE PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT

Jan Jachymek introduces this movement to the reader, (quote) The people's movement was a current of thought of genuinely Polish origin, representing the interests of the numerically strongest social class, the peasantry, from whom the whole Polish nation arose. The first people's movement advocate was, in the general view, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who epitomized the ideas of fight for the state's independence and the proper position of the peasants in it. (unquote). (p. 211). >>more...

The Populist Radical Right in Poland: The Patriots (Extremism and Democracy) (Hardcover)

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Buyer beware. When you read an author who harps on the radical Right, but ignores the radical Left, one should suspect an agenda. Sure enough, such is the case. Pankowski has been caught making the Hitler salute himself, and has known ties to radical leftist organizations. (See first Comment). >>more...

Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-48 Property Restitution: Clarifies Many Misconceptions About Postwar Jewish Returnees and Property,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This book features seldom-available information. On the other hand, author Anna Cichopek-Gajraj drifts into many of the standard Judeocentric constructs, and gives too much credence to Jan T. Gross, though, to her credit, not in a completely uncritical manner. My review is limited to issues surrounding Poland. >>more...

Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present (Paperback)

Monday, December 8, 2014
To correct the countless errors and omissions of this book would require a book in itself. (For more details, see the first Comment). I can only touch on a few matters in this single review.

The author's Judeocentric bias goes to ludicrous extremes. Joanna Beata Michlic specifically and openly rejects explanations of anti-Semitism in terms of objective contextual factors. (e. g, p. 12). To Michlic, Jews are simply objects of perceptions, and never flesh-and-blood humans who interact with their environment. All she has is a simplistic dialectic, where Poles are the bad guys and Jews are never more than victims. Michlic's trash-the-Poles mindset would have the reader believe that Poles only have the right to say flattering things about Jews, while Jews can say whatever they want about Poles. How dare those rascally Poles disagree with Jewish attitudes and actions! By what audacity do the Poles stand up for their own nation? >>more...

O TYM JAK NSZ i ONR ŻYDOM POMAGALI…

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Ten tytuł to nie pomyłka. Wiadomo, że polska prawica „nie przepadała” za Żydami, że często członkowie prawicowych ugrupowań Żydów prześladowali, a nawet zabijali. Tyle, że mimo ideologicznej wrogości, wielu żołnierzy NSZ-u i działaczy ONR-u również Żydom… pomagało. Oto garść przykładów. >>more...

The Many Faces of Tolerance: Attitudes toward Diversity in Poland (Routledge Studies in Political Psychology)

Friday, December 5, 2014
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Against the tide: The story of an unknown partisanBielski Unit Responsible for the Massacre of the Poles of the

Friday, December 5, 2014
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  The author describes her prewar life in Nowogrodek, Poland, and includes both sociological and biographical information. As with my other reviews, I emphasize matters of persistent relevance in the understanding of Polish-Jewish relations. >>more...

Conditions and Events in Post-WWII Soviet-Ruled Eastern Europe

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This work has a chapter on almost every eastern European country. However, do not let the title of this anthology fool you. It covers much more than the enslaving of eastern Europe under the yoke of Communism, and includes many helpful details that help the reader understand the history of the time. >>more...

Przemilczana kolaboracja. Jak ludność żydowska wzięła udział w powitaniu wojska sowieckiego. Z bronią w ręku

Friday, October 17, 2014
Nie miałem zamiaru zabierać głosu w dyskusji, która nastąpiła po ogłoszeniu przez prof. Jana T. Grossa książki „Sąsiedzi”, dotyczącej mordu na Żydach dokonanego w lipcu 1941 roku w miasteczku Jedwabne na Podlasiu. Przede wszystkim dlatego, że dotychczasowa dyskusja, podejmując różne istotne wątki, pomija fakt najważniejszy: co się stało w Jedwabnem po wkroczeniu na ten teren armii niemieckiej, tzn. kto, kiedy i w jakich okolicznościach dokonał masowego mordu na ludności żydowskiej Jedwabnego. O tym bowiem przede wszystkim należałoby pisać, tym bardziej że stwierdzenia Grossa w świetle niektórych źródeł wydają się nie do końca prawdziwe. Jednocześnie posiadana przeze mnie dokumentacja jeszcze nie upoważnia mnie do publicznego zabrania głosu w tej właśnie kluczowej kwestii. >>more...
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