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Auschwitz Chronicle: 1939-1945

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Auschwitz was originally opened, in 1940, for Poles. In 1942, it became a tool for the mass gassing of Jews, who were not even registered upon arrival. Among those actually incarcerated in Auschwitz I, in July 1944, there were 8,200 Jews and 3,800 Poles. (p. 664). According to the camp resistance, there were incarcerated, in several of the main camps in August 1944, a total of 18,600 Poles and 23,000 Jews. (p. 693) >>more...

A Polish Jew Deported into the Interior of the USSR in 1940,

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The author of this book grew up in pre-WWII Poland. He came from a well-to-do, assimilated Jewish family, who had Polonized their name (from Weidenfeld to Wajdenfeld (p. 357); subsequently Anglicized to Waydenfeld.) In common with many assimilated Polish Jews, the Waydenfelds were atheists. (p. 404, 406). [This recounts Cardinal Hlond's much-maligned 1936 "Jews are freethinkers" statement. >>more...

Shtetl Jews Under Soviet Rule: Eastern Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust (Jewish Society and Culture) Partial Insights into Jewish-Soviet Collaboration in USSR-Conquered Eastern Poland

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This is one of the few books, written by a Jewish author, which acknowledges the fact that large numbers of Polish Jews collaborated with the Soviet authorities who had invaded eastern Poland in September-October 1939. Not mentioned, however, is the role which local Jews played in fifth-column attacks on Poles, and the disarming of Poles during the Soviet conquest of eastern Poland. (See Peczkis review of Przemilczane zbrodnie: Zydzi i Polacy na Kresach w latach 1939-1941 (Polish Edition)). Also not mentioned is the fact that large number of Poles were sent to horrible deaths in Siberia as a result of this collaboration. Despite these serious omissions, Pinchuk has provided us an important work. >>more...

Red Shadow: A Physician's Memoir of the Soviet Occupation of Eastern Poland, 1944-1956For Your Freedom Through Ours: Polish American Efforts on Poland's Behalf, 1863-1991

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This work is a natural sequel to the author's diary of life under the German occupation: Diary from the Years of Occupation 1939-44. >>more...

Is Israel flotilla raid involved espionage, sabotage?

Monday, June 28, 2010
The  worldwide debate about last Israeli raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has concentrated relatively little on the operation’s intelligence aspect. This is rather puzzling, considering that the intelligence aspects of the attack are largely responsible for its bloody outcome. Many first accounts or the flotilla participants, as well as some facts purposely were ignored or at last not paid attention to. >>more...

For Your Freedom Through Ours: Polish American Efforts on Poland's Behalf, 1863-1991

Friday, June 25, 2010
This comprehensive work details the life of Poles in America going back to colonial times. Much biographical and historical information is included. FDR's lies told to Charles Rozmarek, at the time of the Yalta betrayal of Poland, are featured. The texts of speeches by US Presidents (e. g., Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, etc.), regarding Poland and Polish Americans, are also included. >>more...

RESEARCH BEFORE CONCLUSION: THE PROBLEMS OF SHOCK THERAPY IN JEDWABNE

Friday, June 4, 2010
Prior to the opening of the Communist archives, Jan Tomasz Gross’s
Revolution from Abroad was practically the only solid study of the Soviet
occupation of Poland’s Eastern Borderlands between 1939 and 1941.
Equally valuable is his work on central Poland under Nazi occupation.1
His latest book, Sasiedzi: Historia zagłady ydowskiego miasteczka
(Neighbors: The Story of the Annihilation of a Jewish Town), is a case study
of Jedwabne in the county of Łoma, the Province of Podlasie. >>more...

Thore who risked their lives,Jews of Bialystok,Phirte of Eagles,year 1919-20, batle of warsaw

Sunday, May 23, 2010
               
        The Yad Vashem list, containing personal names, locality information, and short-paragraph descriptions of each of the 5,400 honored Poles, is valid as of the end of 2003. However, the limitations of the Yad Vashem system should be remembered. First of all, numerous Polish rescuers were never honored by Yad Vashem because the ungrateful rescued Jews refused to identify or confirm the names of their Polish rescuers. Second, Yad Vashem refuses to honor the many Poles who were murdered by the Germans in reprisal for aid to Jews. In still other cases, both the hidden Jews and Polish benefactors were murdere                                             >>more...

The Triumph of Provocation

Friday, April 9, 2010
This work provides countless historical details, a few of which I mention. King Stanislaw August is described as excessively conciliatory to Russia, but not someone who was a puppet of Catherine the Great. (pp. 40-41).

Polonophobes and Communist apologists still try to blame the Poles for starting the 1920 Polish-Soviet War. Mackiewicz, a participant in this war, knows better. He notes the seamless flow of conflict going back to the battles of WWI: "It [the 1920 War] was caused in the first place by the Germans' withdrawal from the intervening zone of occupation, the Ober-Ost, in February 1919, and continued without a break until 12 October 1920. The Soviet War grew out of the first unplanned skirmish, which occurred at Bereza Kartuska in Byelorussia on 14 February 1919." (p. 218). >>more...

The Cigarette Sellers of Three Crosses Square (The Library of Holocaust Testimonies)

Friday, April 9, 2010
Instead of repeating other reviewers, I focus mainly on barely-mentioned and unmentioned content. The story of the Jewish boys who sold cigarettes in the Polish side of Warsaw is a moving one. The Jewish boys met Polish boys who bullied them, and other Polish boys who protected them. (p. 116). The Jewish boys obtained fake identification (pp. 125-126), probably from the Zegota, a one-of-a-kind Polish organization of aid to Jews (unmatched anywhere in all of German-occupied Europe. >>more...
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