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Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II (Occupation in Europe)

Monday, September 5, 2011
This book covers topics as diverse as Holocaust denial, Nazi-occupied France and Poland, Lithuania,the Netherlands, etc. Owing to its breadth, my review is necessarily limited to a few topics. >>more...

Jews-Officers In The Polish Armed Forces, 1939-1945

Monday, September 5, 2011
This work is an impressive collection of information about how Poland's Jews had supported Poland in the past, especially in the armed forces. Most of the book consists of alphabetically ordered lists of thousands of names of Polish officers in the WWII Polish military forces. >>more...

The Dialectics of Pain1 The Interrogation Methods of the Communist Secret Police in Poland

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Throughout the ages, torture has been applied to extract information needed for
a utilitarian purpose. With a few exceptions5, the objective has been to find out the truth.
According to a 3rd century legal authority, Ulpian, „By quaestio [torture] we are to
understand the torment and suffering of the body in order to elicit the truth.” Writing in
the 13th century the judicial expert Azo explained that „Torture is the inquiry after truth
by means of torment.” Four hundred years later, the lawyer Bocer defined the phenomenon
in the following way: „Torture is interrogation by torment of the body, concerning a
crime known to have occurred, legitimately ordered by a judge for the purpose of eliciting
the truth about the said crime >>more...

I Am Alive :The horrifying eye witness account of Auschwitz & Birkenau

Sunday, August 28, 2011
An Eyewitness Auschwitz Account by a Jewish Survivor; Enjoyment and Gallows Humor in the Face of the Horrors, June 22, 2011 This review is from: I Am Alive :The horrifying eye witness account of Auschwitz & Birkenau (Hardcover) My review is based on the original (1961) edition. Kitty Hart was a Polish Jew who had lived in Bielsko (Bielitz) in then SW Poland. During the 1939 German-Soviet conquest of Poland, she observed German fifth column activity. Germans shot at Poles from rooftops, rioted in the streets, etc. (p. 14). In common with countless eyewitnesses, Hart reported Luftwaffe planes strafing columns of defenseless refugees. (p. 15). >>more...

Herbert Hoover and Poland: A documentary history of a friendship (Hoover archival documentaries)

Sunday, August 28, 2011
On Polonophile Herbert Hoover. Insights into Capitalists Supporting Communists,
This work details some of the deeds Herbert Hoover did for Poland. The reader soon realizes that they included both charitable and political acts, and were part of a long-term Poland-Hoover friendship. >>more...

A Narrow Bridge to Life: Jewish Slave Labor and Survival in the Gross-Rosen Camp System, 1940-1945

Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Nazis started to use foreigners for forced labor in 1939 (p. 69), but especially from 1940. Goebbels stated that "Roma [Gypsies], Jews, and Poles will receive identical treatment" in this regard. (p. 13).

The concentration camp at Gross Rosen (now Rogoznica), like Auschwitz, was not originally built for Jews. (p. 78). As was the case with Auschwitz, Poles comprised most of its original WWII inmates. (p. 69). Later, Poles comprised 60-65% of inmates in 1942 and 45% of inmates in 1944. (p. 77). (My father, Kazimierz Peczkis, as well as my onetime dentist since I was a child, Charles Brachmanski, had been inmates of Gross Rosen.). After the fall of the Soviet-betrayed Warsaw Uprising, Poles again became a large majority of the inmates at Gross Rosen. According to Gutterman, the Poles, by their obvious spirit of defiance against the Nazis, raised the morale of the Jewish inmates. (p. 94) >>more...

Vom Generalplan Ost Zum Generalsiedlungsplan: Dokumente (Einzelveraffentlichungen der Historischen Kommission Zu Berl)

Sunday, August 28, 2011
My review is based on the article: GENERALPLAN OST, published by historian Czeslaw Madajczyk in the 1962 issue of POLISH-WESTERN AFFAIRS, Volume 3, Number 2, pp. 390-442. The entire GENERALPLAN OST is reproduced in German (pp. 401-442). The remainder of the article is an English-language analysis, by Madajczyk, of GENERALPLAN OST >>more...


Sunday, August 28, 2011
The author lived in Radzyn, Poland. Soon after his birth in 1918, his family went through pogroms, which he describes as follows: "The violence was unpredictable. Sometimes, it would move across an entire region like a storm rumbling across an open plain. Other times, it was local, contained within a city or town. Sparked by a single incident, an unkind word, a bad business transaction, a simple rumor, the violence would flare for days." (p. 5). [The American reader can see close parallels with past episodes of U.S. racial violence. It could be local or nationwide. Nearly always, it was some perceived "us vs. them" incident, such as a black harming a white, or a white harming a black, that triggered it.] >>more...


Sunday, August 28, 2011
This short book was clearly written by a Communist or Communist sympathizer. Standard Communist rhetoric is used (e. g., those in opposition to the New Order in Poland are reactionaries, fascists, wealthy landowners, etc.), the prewar Polish government is bad-mouthed as one consisting of dictators, and General Wladyslaw Anders is viciously slandered. The author presents a rosy view of the new government, and writes favorably of his interviews with the likes of Bierut and Minc. Of course, this work was written before the sham elections of January 1947, which ended the "provisional government" and officially brought the Communists to power. >>more...

Polish Guerrilla Action in Great Detail. Clarifies Polish Acquisitions of Post-Jewish Property,

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Ironic to the fact that the author was eager to join the 1939 Polish Army, and became a brave guerrilla fighter, his last name means "crybaby" in Polish. It also means "anointed forest" in old Polish. (p. 5). This book is one of the most detailed English-language books on Polish guerrilla warfare that I have read, and I have read quite a few of them. (See the Peczkis Listmania: GUERRILLA WARFARE...). >>more...
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