Polish/Jewish Relations

WHAT PROFESSOR JAN GRABOWSKI DOESN’T TELL US ABOUT THE GERMAN-JEWISH-POLISH RELATIONS IN OCCUPIED POLAND

An Essay by Hanna Radziejowska In his works discussing the role played by the Poles in the Holocaust, Jan Grabowski fails to utilize some important documents which Communist Poland handed over to West Germany in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. These materials have been recently re-discovered by the Pilecki Institute and considered as essential for providing a more accurate picture of German-Jewish-Polish relations […]

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Book Reviews

WWII and the Politics of Memory. Criminality of Communism Finally Recognized.

WWII and the Politics of Memory. Criminality of Communism Finally Recognized. No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe 1939-1945 by Norman Davies Reviewed by Jan Peczkis This work presents a wealth of information. Instead of repeating well-known information about WWII itself, I focus on the long-term implications of this conflict. THE UNITED STATES IS DOMINATED […]

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Book Reviews

White Ruthenia and a Jewish Revolution

White Ruthenia and a Jewish Revolution The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power By Andrew Sloin Reviewed by Marek Chodakiewicz Andrew Sloin, The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power (Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017) has given us an insightful monograph about the experiences of Jewish revolutionary […]

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Book Reviews

Poles Were Consistently More Tolerant of Religious Dissent Than Were Most Other Nations

Poles Were Consistently More Tolerant of Religious Dissent Than Were Most Other Nations A State Without Stakes: Polish Religious Toleration in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Janusz Tazbir Reviewed by Jan Peczkis Tolerance is a relative term. Despite the title of his book, author Janusz Tazbir does not say that burnings at the stake, […]

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Book Reviews

Don’t Blame Everything on Poles

Don’t Blame Everything on Poles Travels Through Part of the Russian Empire and the Country of Poland, Along the Southern Shores of the Baltic, by Robert Johnston. 1815 British Visitor to 19th-Century Partitioned Eastern Poland Comments On the Everyday Behavior of Poland’s Jews My review is based on the 1970 reprint of the original 1815 […]

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Polish/Jewish Relations

The Germans murdered them for hiding 30 Jews during the war.

During the German occupation, Stanisław and Franciszka Kurpiel lived with their six children in the Leoncin farm near Krasiczyn (Podkarpackie Province). In 1942, the Germans sent cattle from the contingents to their property and the Jews from the ghetto in Przemyśl were assigned to guard it. They made contact with Stanisław Kurpiel, who agreed to […]

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Polish/Jewish Relations

Żegota By Edward Reid

Żegota By Edward Reid “When faced with crimes, one cannot remain passive. Whoever remains silent in the face of murder, becomes an accomplice to the murderer. Whoever does not condemn it, condones it.” This was Zofia Kossak’s public appeal in “Protest”, issued by the Front for the Revival of Poland, the underground extension of the […]

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Silent Heroes

Dr. Józef Bellert enabled 4,400 Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners to regain their health and leave the camp.

When the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1945, about 4,800 prisoners remained in the camp, all of whom were in a near-death state due to severe starvation and various diseases. The Germans had fled earlier with the “healthier” prisoners, whom they forced on a death march to the west. As Chief Physician of […]

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Jewish Experience

Henneicke Column

The Henneicke Column was a group of Dutch Nazi collaborators working in the investigative division of the Central Bureau for Jewish Emigration (Zentralstelle für jüdische Auswanderung), with headquarters in Amsterdam, during the Nazi Germany occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Between March and October 1943 the group, led by former auto mechanic Wim […]

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Book Reviews

Soviet Repression in Central Asia and Siberia: Recent Works in English

Soviet Repression in Central Asia and Siberia: Recent Works in English Reviewed by John Radzilowski Michael K. Jerryson. Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of the Sangha.   Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books, 2007. Robert Kindler. Stalin’s Nomads: Power and Famine in Kazakhstan. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov. Yupik Transitions: […]

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