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Kryzys państwa narodowego w Izraelu

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Atmosfera wokół Izraela zagęszcza się. Nadchodzą ciężkie dni. Chodzi mi o kryzys państwa narodowego w Izraelu. Składają się na to rozmaite czynniki. >>more...

Zionism in Poland: The Formaative years, 1915-1926

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Zionism began among the Jews in Russian-occupied eastern Poland. Mendelsohn touches on the Litwaks (Litvaks): "The Litvaks, for example, were disliked by the `Polish' Jews [of Congress Poland] for being too secular, too revolutionary, and too pro-Russian (the Poles disliked them for similar reasons..." (p. 22). Unlike other Jewish authors who revile Dmowski for having stood up to the Jews, the author understands him: "The clash between the Russification policies of the Russian regime and Polish nationalism, while occasionally making possible Jewish-Polish alliances against the tsar, often had the effect of exacerbating Polish-Jewish relations. Those relations reached a new low in 1912, when Jewish support for a Polish socialist candidate to the Russian state Duma (parliament) resulted in an anti-Jewish boycott sponsored by the National Democrat party, which was particularly strong in this region." (p. 20). >>more...

AMixed Bag: Zionism as Identity Politics; Much Superficial Reasoning, etcTheTen Lost Tribes, Various Jewish Groupings, and Birobidzhan as an InadvertentModel for Judeopolonia

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Owing to the many topics addressed by this book, I focuson only a few, and, unlike the author, assess the significance of Birobidzhanbeyond its immediate impact.  Jewish identity and politcs
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The ZZW in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Conflicting Argumentation from Authorities

Monday, February 20, 2012
This work focuses on active hostility against the ZZW as the major cause of the ZZW’s neglect. The rift between the Jewish right and the Jewish left was extreme in Warsaw–so much so that it did not bring Jews fully together even in the face of Nazi genocide. (e. g., p. 3, 116, 171). The Revisionists were often dismissed as “Jewish fascists” and, even decades later, much of this attitude persisted. For example, long after WWII, ZOB veteran Marek Edelman openly scorned the ZZW. (p. 301). >>more...

Poland 1945;: A Red Cross diary,

Thursday, February 9, 2012
This diary covers the Middle East, Russia, and Poland. My review is limited to the latter.

The author's stay in Poland lasted from end-August 1945 through April 1946. When he first arrived at the ruins of Warsaw, he was less than a year removed from the Germans' systematic destruction of Warsaw that had followed the Soviet-betrayed Warsaw Uprising, and only several months removed from the Red Army's "liberation" of Warsaw's ruins. He stayed at the Polonia Hotel (p. 110), one of the locally few remaining usable structures. When the wind blew, he could sense the dust of bricks and smell the sweet-sickly odor of tens of thousands of decomposing corpses. (p. 112). Constantly collapsing walls were killing hundreds of additional Poles. >>more...

Bialystok as a Model of the Litvak Situation from a Jewish Viewpoint

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Although this work is centered on the Jews of Bialystok, it is useful to the reader for understanding the situation facing Jews in Russian-occupied Poland. Less attention is devoted to Bialystok in the resurrected Polish state (1918-1939), the German-Nazi Holocaust (1939-1945), and the post-WWII period (1945-on). The author also provides an impressive account of the Jewish diaspora in nations as separated as Argentina and the USA. Although Jewish-Polish relations are not the main subject of this work, I approach it from that viewpoint for purposes of this review >>more...

The Cross of Bethlehem

Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Cross of Bethlehem is a memoir of a Christian Israeli military officer ,who is caught in the crosshairs between a country that demands total obedience,( even if that means firing on rock-throwing women and children,) and following his conscience. Mr. Tov is  an extraordinary man. He is not only  intelligent, resourceful, and  very perceptive what is going on around him. In one person , he is a scientist and businessman by training,  and has a courage  to write this book... in order to an enlighten  what is going on  insight  Isreali life and philosophy. >>more...

Polish Jew Analyzes Jewish Disloyalty, Under Tsarist Russian Rule, Towards Polish National Aspirations

Friday, January 27, 2012
ON THE POGROMS AGAINST THE POLISH PEOPLE (THE ROLE OF THE SOCIALISTS-LITVAKS IN THE RECENT REVOLUTION) is the title of this Polish-language book. It gives insights into the Zydokomuna (Bolshevized Judaism) between the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, as wellas the true causes of the emerging Endek enmity against the Jews. However, the author hardly ever mentions Dmowski, and is in no sense pro-Endek. He considers them reactionary and cowardly (p. 365), and (incorrectly) pro-tsarist. (p.294).
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Jan Peczkis: Big Polish-Studies Resource–Expanded and Updated

Monday, January 23, 2012
WWII in Eastern Europe as a German Racial War Against Jews and Slavs Most books on WWII in Europe typically dwell on the Holocaust, and any mention of non-Jewish victims of the Nazis is an afterthought. They also tend to dichotomize the military actions of Hitler’s regime and its genocidal policies. This work, in contrast, shows that the war-making and genocidal actions of the Nazis formed a seamless garment, as did German attitudes and actions against Jews and Slavs. Instead of focusing on leading Nazi personages, the SS, Gestapo, or even the Wehrmacht, Westermann examines the ordinary German police forces as killers. >>more...

Jews in Polish Culture

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
his is a "meaty" book. Its vintage (1961) may be advantageous in terms of a unique perspective that preceded political correctness.

Jewish apartness did not reduce to a simple dialectic: "Anti-Semites have heaped the entire responsibility for the caste organization onto the Jews; the Jews and their non-Jewish defenders, onto the Christian environment." (p. 63). Early pro-assimilationist Polish Jews had the following opinion: "Czynski the Frankist and Hollaenderski and Lubliner, who kept their old religion, all shared the view that Polish Jews were `sunk in superstition' and were thereby alienated from Polish life, economically unproductive, and deficient in civic virtue. The source of the problem was ignorance, superstition, the Talmud, the rule of the rabbis." (p. 22). Early assimilated Polish Jews were ennobled. (p. 64). >>more...
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