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General Anders and the Soldiers of the Second Polish Corps

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Very rarely have I encountered an author as this one, who makes every effort to be scrupulously objective, especially in often emotionally-charged issues. Sarner utilizes a combination of previous works, archival materials, interviewed participants, etc. He provides a valuable lesson in the fact that neither interviewees nor archives are necessarily reliable. (e. g., pp. ii-iii, 71, 166) >>more...

Wysiedlenie czy wypedzenie?: Ludnosc niemiecka w Polsce w latach 1945-1949 (Polish Edition)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The De-Germanization of the Recovered Territories in post-WWII Poland, December 18, 2009 RESETTLED OR DRIVEN OUT? THE GERMAN POPULATION IN POLAND IN 1945-1949 is the title of this Polish-language book, which also has a German-language summary. The title reflects Nitschke's belief that the terms differ more than in semantics. (p. 19). The author faults Alfred Maurice de Zayas for treating the removal of Germans as an illegal act, because this implies that the Third Reich still exists! (p. 10). Much of the content of this book overlap >>more...

Narodowe Sily Zbrojne (Polish Edition)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The ONR favored a non-totalitarian form of government that also rejected the weaknesses of democracy. (p. 13, 69, 76). Although the ONR promoted fervent nationalism, it rejected the cult of the absolute leader (Fuhrer, Duce, etc.)(p. 203). Instead of being state-centered or racialist-centered, ONR ideology was Catholic-centered (as a system of values, not in a Church or clerical sense.)(e. g., p. 13, 241). >>more...

Tajne oblicze GL-AL i PPR: Dokumenty (Polish Edition)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Unmasks the Tactics and Deeds of the Communist Bands in German-Occupied Poland, December 19, 2009 THE SECRET FACE OF THE GL-AL AND PPR: DOCUMENTS is the title of this Polish language book, edited by scholars Marek Chodakiewicz, Piotr Gontarczyk, and Leszek Zebrowski. It is a needed corrective to the glorification of the GL-AL during the decades of the Soviet-imposed Communist puppet state in Poland. >>more...

Defensive doctrine of Poland used in 1939: “to be or not to be.”

Thursday, December 17, 2009
The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War was commemorated in Gdańsk, where German battleship Schlezwig-Holstein on a “goodwill visit” on September 1, 1939 at 4.45 a.m. fired the first shots of the war with its 16 inch guns aiming at Polish military base on the peninsula of Westerplatte in the free city of Gdansk. On September 1, 2009 European heads of governments gathered on Westerplatte, to commemorate and honor the anniversary of WWII. >>more...

No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II (General Military)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is one of the most comprehensive works on this subject. It includes not only excellent descriptions of relatively well-known events (September 1939, the Battle of Britain, Monte Cassino, and Warsaw Uprising) but also lesser-known ones such as Poles fighting a large-scale guerilla war at home (1939-1945), fighting as fliers in the anti-German Allied air war (1940-1945), and fighting as regular soldiers in 1940 western Europe, in 1942-1943 Africa, in post-1941 Soviet Union, in 1943-1945 Italy, and in 1944-1945 post-D-Day western Europe. >>more...

He Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
No single review could possibly do justice to this comprehensive book. For this reason, I focus primarily on matters not developed by other reviewers. >>more...

Defensive doctrine of Poland used in 1939 was decisive and made history

Sunday, December 6, 2009
The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War was commemorated in Gdańsk, where German battleship Schlezwig-Holstein on a “goodwill visit” on September 1, 1939 at 4.45 a.m. fired the first shots of the war with its 16 inch guns aiming at Polish military base on the peninsula of Westerplatte in the free city of Gdansk. On September 1, 2009 European heads of governments gathered on Westerplatte, to commemorate and honor the anniversary of WWII. >>more...

The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture

Sunday, November 29, 2009
This one-volume history of Poland covers the period of prehistory up through the "free" elections of 1989. Owing to the wealth of information presented, I focus only on a few reviewer-unmentioned facts. >>more...

STUDIES ON POLISH JEWRY 1919 - 1939: THE INTERPLAY OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL FACTORS IN THE STRUGGLE OF A MINORITY FOR ITS EXISTENCE (In English & Yiddish)

Sunday, November 22, 2009
This anthology, simultaneously published in English and Hebrew, generally adheres to the Jewish-lachrymose template of history. However, it also includes some seldom-mentioned information that I now focus on.

Poland's Jewish problem was largely inherited from Russia. Pawel Korzec writes: "The reactionary Jewish policy of [tsar] Alexander III and the wave of pogroms that engulfed Russia after his coronation in 1881 resulted in a great influx of Russian Jews into Poland--mainly from economically underdeveloped regions of the Russian empire like the Ukraine and Belorussia (and from Moscow after the expulsion of 1892)--into Polish towns and cities then in full industrial expansion. Thus the so-called litvak question came into the existence." (p. 20). >>more...
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