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Operacja "Jedwabne": Mity i fakty (Polish Edition)

Sunday, November 11, 2012
OPERATION "JEDWABNE": MYTHS AND FACTS, is the title of this Polish-language book. Owing to the vintage of this book, much of its information has been expanded upon, and will generally not be repeated here. See, for instance, The Massacre in Jedwabne, July 10, 1941: Before, During, After (read also the Peczkis review). >>more...

Studies on Polish Jewery, The Politics of Tradition: Agudat Yisrael in Poland, 1916-1939 (Studies of the Center for Research on the History and ... Jews, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Sunday, November 11, 2012
The author begins with a middle view of Polish-Jewish relations, (quote) By an over-emphasis on pervasive Polish anti-Semitism, the Jewish treatment of Polish Jewish history emerges in a manner no less unbalanced and tendentious than those Polish apologetic works which trumpet `traditional Polish tolerance' of Jews." (unquote). (p. 15) >>more...

The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

Sunday, November 11, 2012
This fascinating, scholarly work begins with a large amount of Jewish demographic detail. At the time of the destruction of the Second temple (65), the Jewish population of the Middle East, North Africa, and eventual Europe was in the 2.5-8.0 million range. By 650, it had plummeted to 1.2 million. (p. 112). After a slight rise, it bottomed out at about 1 million in 1492. (p. 18, 49-50) >>more...

The political history of PolandUnderstanding the Litwaks, Endeks, Judeopolonia, Bogus Pogrom Accounts,

Friday, October 19, 2012
Lewinski-Corwin covers a lot of Polish history and, owing to the breadth and depth of the material, I only focus on a few issues. His work is especially useful in understanding the course of the anti-Russian November Insurrection (1830)(pp. 426-on) and the January Insurrection (1863)(pp. 471-on). His treatment of the late 19th century Prussian exploitation of Poland, and how the Poles thwarted and outdid the Germans, is recounted in considerable detail. (pp. 521-527). >>more...

When Nationalism Began to Hate: Imagining Modern Politics in Nineteenth-Century Poland . Dmowski and Jews

Monday, October 15, 2012
This book has value in tracing certain 19th century developments in thinking, such as that of the positivists, the Polish left, and anti-independence Polish socialists. It also has a helpful section on the intensity of the Russification of that part of Partitioned Poland under tsarist Russian rule. (p. 79-on). It took on brutal dimensions. (p. 87). >>more...

Russian Realities & Problems An Overview of Russia, with Roman Dmowski's Detailed English-Language Contribution on Pre-Independence Poland

Monday, October 15, 2012
This anthology not only discusses the situation in Russia just before the Russian Revolution, but also gives much information about foreign-ruled Poland in the late 19th and early 20th century. I focus mainly on the latter.

The savagery of the German occupation of northwestern Poland is recounted by Roman Dmowski, (quote) In the years just prior to the War the papers brought them occasional news about a desperate struggle for existence going on in German Poland, about the unheard-of measures employed by the Germans for the purpose of destroying the Polish nationality, about the law to expropriate Polish landed estates, about the Polish children being flogged because they insisted on praying in their mother tongue, and so on." (unquote) (pp. 83-84). >>more...

Judeopolonia: Fact, Myth, or In-Between?

Monday, October 15, 2012
The list author says: "Judeopolonia can be understood as a Jewish republic on Polish soil, governing on behalf of itself or foreign rulers, or as a large Jewish ruling class over Poland, also governing on behalf of itself or foreign rulers. (The latter sense of Judeopolonia [Judaeo-Polonia] is an extreme form of Judeocracy). >>more...

Polish-Jewish Relations 1939-1945: Beyond the Limits of Solidarity

Monday, October 15, 2012
To anyone who has carefully examined this work, and heard Ewa Kurek speak (I have), it is obvious that her level of knowledge is far above that of the usual authors on this subject. Neo-Stalinists and Polonophobes can dismiss and name-call all they want, but the facts presented in this work remain facts nonetheless. In addition, Kurek is even-handed, and realizes that she will "get it" from both sides, "Some Jews will accuse me of anti-Semitism, and some Poles will say I slander my own nation. I just can't help it." (p. 2). She accepts the premise that Jewish criticisms of past Polish conduct may be valid (p. 108), definitely embraces unilateral Polish guilt for Jedwabne (p. 302), and elaborates on and strongly condemns Polish blackmailers and denouncers of fugitive Jews. (pp. 362-on). >>more...

Experiencing and Surviving the German Death Camp at Treblinka, October 10, 2012 Treblinka

Monday, October 15, 2012
Jankiel (Yankiel) Wiernik is one of the few Jewish forced laborers at Treblinka to have escaped from this Nazi German factory of death, and lived to tell the world about it. He had various jobs at the camp, including the construction of more and ever-larger gas chambers (p. 18). There is no reason for questioning the veracity of what Wiernik has written. He reports the emanation of steam from intertwined layers of corpses on a hot day (p. 39). [Decomposition of bodies is an exothermic reaction]. Either Wiernik had arcane knowledge of the chemistry of putrefaction, or he actually saw what he claimed to have seen. >>more...

The Jews, An Interesting Overview of Jews and Judaism Interacting With the World

Monday, October 15, 2012
This book provides much detail, of which one review can only cover a little. Particularly interesting are items about Jewish successes in such things as medicine, science, Hollywood, banking, capitalism, and Communism.

The blood libel directed against Jews preceded Christianity, and accusations of ritual murder were sometimes directed at the early Christians. (p. 31). In the Middle Ages, Jews enjoyed almost near universal literacy because of religious obligations. (p. 133). During this time, Maimonides taught that the human-like attributes of God, including forgiveness, were merely human ideas about what God is like and how God acts. Other rabbis declared his works heretical, and burned them. (p. 10) >>more...
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