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Empty Streets in Warsaw welcome President Obama: President Barack Obama visited mainly Jewish descendants in Warsaw

Friday, May 27, 2011
Today's Friday-the first day of the visit of U.S. President Barak Obama in Poland. Flying out of France, the president flew to Warsaw, 20 minutes before time. It turns out that at the airport  Okecie  he spoke  with veterans invited to  welcome him, it is not known whether if  among them  was  Admiral Kolodziejczyk , who  on one time had  the name of  Robert Caimer (Semitic). >>more...

Puste Ulice Witają Prezydenta Obamę w Warszawie: Prezydent Barak Obama odwiedza przede wszystkim potomków Israelitów

Friday, May 27, 2011
Dzisiejszy piątek-to pierwszy dzień wizyty prezydenta USA Baracka Obamy w Polsce.  Wylatujac z Francji,prezydent przyleciał do Warszawy 20 minut przed czasem.  Okazuje się , ze na Okęciu dłuższą chwilę rozmawiał z kombatantami zaproszonymi na powitanie, nie wiadomo czy był wśród nich admirał  Kołodziejczyk   noszący kiedyś semickie nazwisko Robert Caimer.  O dziwo , gdy  prezydencka  kolumna jechała zamknietą ulicą Żwirki i Wigury, nie było widać wiwatujących Polaków >>more...

The Muslims in Poland: Their origin, history, and cultural life

Saturday, May 21, 2011
This was originally an article in the October 1942 issue of the JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY. It features Poland's indigenous Muslims, who were the descendants of Tatars that had settled in Poland several centuries ago. "Whereas all other Muslim peoples established themselves in Europe as conquerors (omitting the majority of Muslims in Yugoslavia, who are of Serb origin and were converted to Islam by their Turkish conquerors), the Polish Tatars inhabit a region never touched by a Muslim invader..." (p. 163). "So it came about that a Muslim tribe enjoying almost all civil rights could flourish in Poland at an epoch characterized by bitter struggles between Christianity and Islam." (p. 172). >>more...

A Blend of Reasoned Thinking and Crass Polonophobia: Mutual Polish-Jewish Prejudices,

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Unlike many Jewish authors, Scharf does not awfulize the experience of interwar Polish Jews. He was subject to the NUMERUS CLAUSUS while at the University of Krakow. Echoing the statements of the Endeks, Scharf realizes that, without it, "Jewish medics might have greatly outnumbered their non-Jewish colleagues". Also, in his words, the NUMERUS CLAUSUS "does not appear so monstrous" when one remembers that sons and daughters of physicians could be admitted to the university outside the quota. (p. 27). >>more...

The Life of Jews in Poland before the Holocaust: A Memoir

Saturday, May 21, 2011
If you want detailed information on the nuts-and-bolts practice of religion among the Jews of pre-WWII Poland, this book is for you. This work emphasizes religious observances over religious philosophies, although Gold does engage in some post-Holocaust soul-searching. There is interesting information on the role of women in Orthodox Judaism (pp. 55-on), along with the Jewish concept of the Messiah and of the hereafter. (p. 31). There were a number of activities performed in the ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. "One of them was Kapparoth (Atonements), a ritual in which one's sins are passed on to a chicken, a rooster, or even a fish, which is offered as a substitute for oneself." (p. 37). >>more...

"Polish concenttration camps"Literature & Thought: Voices of the Holocaust

Saturday, May 21, 2011
My review is from the viewpoint of a professional educator. This book is used in the elementary public school, and, for this reason, it should exhibit the highest standard of factuality and objectivity. It is therefore unfortunate that the author uses the phrase "Polish concentration camp". (p. 65). >>more...

Zegotain the Context of German-Enslaved Poland: Holocaust Misconceptions Corrected

Thursday, May 5, 2011
The title of the book does not do full justice to itscontent. It provides a broad overview of the German terror directed againstboth Poles and Jews. Much of the content on Zegota is repeated from theirearlier book (see my review of LINK) and will not be repeated here.  Against the misconception that Zegota wasmerely the work of a handful of altruistic individuals, the authors stress thefact that it was a full-fledged, widely-deployed operation of the PolishUnderground Home Army (Armia Krajowa: A.K.)(e. g., p. 25, 35, 69, 94). >>more...

The Mass Deportation of Poles to Siberia: A Historical Narrative based on the written testimony of the Polish Siberian survivors

Sunday, April 17, 2011
This work consists of dozens of 2-4 page testimonies of Poles who lived in the Soviet-annexed Kresy (Poland's pre-WWII eastern half), and who were deported in 1940-1941 as "enemies of the people" by the Soviet Communist authorities and NKVD. The testimonies touch on prewar life and the start of WWII in 1939, the early Soviet occupation, the fateful night of arrest and deportation, and long trip to the Gulags, the unspeakable living and working conditions there, the many deaths in the Gulags, the "amnesty" caused by Nazi Germany attacking its erstwhile Soviet ally in June 1941, the freed surviving remnants of the Gulags gathering in the southern USSR, the participation in the Battle of Monte Cassino, and the post-WWII life in various countries (especially the USA). >>more...

O (nie)pomaganiu Żydom. Cena strachu.

Friday, April 8, 2011
Lord Jim przestraszył się raz. Uciekł, nie pomógł innym. Przestraszył się, bowiem groziła mu pewna śmierć. Potem całe życie płacił za to własnym szalonym bohaterstwem. Dokonał wyboru, aby zawsze ryzykować wszystko dla innych i tym sposobem zmyć plamę na własnym sumieniu. To był sposób na odkupienie. Lord Jim to naturalnie postać literacka, ale Joseph Conrad wymyślił go sobie nie jako przeciętnego zjadacza chleba, lecz jako osobę wybitną. Mimo to jego bohater przestraszył się, gdy stanął w obliczu śmierci. Miał wybór i raz wybrał ucieczkę. Potem nadludzkim wysiłkiem woli zdyscyplinował się i ze świadomą pogardą śmierci wybrał postawę zupełnie przeciwną. >>more...

Treblinka survivor

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This work contains much detail about the Treblinka Death Camp. It is semi-biographical, focusing on Hersh Sperling (Szperling), who escaped from Treblinka but committed suicide a few decades later. Owing to the breadth of its content, I focus on only a few issues.

The Treblinka prisoners' revolt is, in my opinion, better described than in most other books on Treblinka. It even features a map (p. 135) that traces the course of revolt. The revolt was hindered by the presence of Jewish informers among the kapos, including Kuba and Paulinka (or Perla). (p. 130, 133). >>more...
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