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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...

THE LAST JEW OF TREBLINKA BY Rajchman, Chil(Author)}The Last Jew of Treblinka: A Survivor's Memory 1942-1943[Hardcover]Pegasus Books(Publishe

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The author describes his deportation on a train bound for Treblinka, during which he hears assurances that the Jews are being transported to a work camp in the Ukraine. Upon arrival, he describes the scene at Treblinka, including the fake railroad station. The Germans pull him out of the line to the gas chambers, and recruit him as a barber. His job is to shave the heads of people before their gassing. The victims know what awaits them. Some women vainly hope that the men will not be gassed, so that their sons will survive and eventually avenge the crime. >>more...


Friday, March 4, 2011
„Pojednanie z narodem rosyjskim może nastąpić dopiero wtedy, gdy jego
autorytatywni przedstawiciele dokonają publicznej ekspiacji za zbrodnie w sposób
analogiczny do wystąpień przedstawicieli rządu Republiki Federalnej Niemiec – Brandta
czy Schmidta – w sprawie zbrodni hitlerowskich”1… >>more...

Golden Hearts without Golden Harvest- liberalism at work

Thursday, March 3, 2011
One of the guiding principles of the classic strategy is to never take the battle on  the enemy's terms. As well, one of the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship is not to assist in advertising the competition. So you can learn about it at West Point, or at Harvard Business School. >>more...

Zaglada Zydow w Krakowie (Cracoviana) (Polish Edition)

Thursday, March 3, 2011
German propaganda portrayed the forced confinement of Jews in ghettos as a protective measure against typhus. When typhus epidemics did not break out, the Germans changed their story. They now said that Jews had a natural symbiosis with lice, which was why they could easily spread typhus while not becoming ill themselves, and for which reason they still had to be isolated. (p. 43). Although the ghettoization of the Jews failed to starve and sicken them out of existence, the mortality rate was nevertheless 13 times that of the natural prewar rate. (p. 50) >>more...
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