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The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

Monday, June 25, 2012
Instead of repeating information presented by other reviewers, I mainly focus mainly on matters not mentioned by them, especially insofar as they shed little-known insights on the function of Nazi Germans in general and the Auschwitz Concentration/Death Camp in particular. WARNING: The descriptions of German cruelties are graphic, and may upset the sensitive reader. >>more...

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...

The Russian Jew Under Tsars And Soviets

Monday, June 25, 2012
A Gloomy Portrayal of Jews in Tsarist Russia and the USSR; Jewish Boycott Irony, etc., This review is from: The Russian Jew Under Tsars And Soviets (Paperback) In contrast with some of his other books, Baron takes a rather lachrymose-history viewpoint in this one. (If accurate, it adds to the refutation of the argument that the pro-Russian, and later pro-Communist, orientation of Polish Jews owed to a pro-Jewish Russian mindset.) Owing to its breadth, I can only touch on a few topics. >>more...

“Jews in Poland and Russia” Book Review

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, Anthony Polonsky is the author of a monumental three volume work entitled “Jews in Poland and Russia”. It is reviewed by Timothy Snyder in The Wall Street Journal of May 19-20, 2012. In Snyder’s review there is the following sentence: “The Polish-Lithuanian State weakened in the 18th century, as a result of the pervasion of the parliament by the wealthy aristocrats and by the incursions of the neighboring Russian, Habsburg and Prussian empires. This left Jewish communities facing two transitions at the same time into foreign rule and into modernity.” >>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...

History of the Jews in Russia and Poland: From the Earliest Times Until the Present Day

Monday, May 21, 2012
The vast majority of "Russian" Jews were Polish Jews living in tsarist Russian-occupied Polish territories. (Review based on original edition). Owing to the fact that these three volumes were originally written just before Poland's acquisition of independence (1918), they were not influenced by this event. >>more...

Were the Popes Against the Jews?

Friday, May 18, 2012
There have been a series of books attacking Pope Pius XII and several of his predecessors, accusing them of being strongly anti-Semitic. The popes facing these attacks are Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X, Pius XI, and Benedict XV. Lawler, who is obviously liberal as exhibited by his views on abortion, homosexuality, etc., criticizes the likes of Kertzer's THE POPES AGAINST THE JEWS and Cornwell's HITLER'S POPE. >>more...

German Nazi-Like Conduct Long Before Hitler

Friday, May 18, 2012
The events described in this work occurred in a German colony in present-day Namibia in the early 1900's. Unlike most indigenous peoples experiencing colonialism, the Nama (Hottentots) and Herero had not retreated into the hinterland or died-off from diseases. (p. 75). Nor were they impoverished in their dealings with the colonists. (p. 116). Despite a severe recent wave of rinderpest and other maladies, most Herrero peoples had bounced back into their pastoralist lifestyle. (p. 101). >>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...

The World Significance of the Russian Revolution

Monday, May 7, 2012
Although Communism is supposed to be a worker's movement [Review based on the original 1920 edition], the active local Communists up to the time of the Russian Revolution contained a relatively small contingent of peasants and proletariat (factory workers). Russia's Communists consisted mostly of decadent specimens of the upper classes, and young peasants who had lost their livelihoods, but had been educated at universities thanks to the liberalism of Alexander II. (p. 7). >>more...
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