Polish/Jewish Relations

Neighbors – On the Eve of the Holocaust. Polish-Jewish Relations in Soviet-Occupied Eastern Poland, 1939-1941 by Mark Paul

Neighbors On the Eve of the Holocaust Polish-Jewish Relations in Soviet-Occupied Eastern Poland, 1939-1941 by Mark Paul Table of Contents Foreword …..4 Chapter One: Arrests, Executions and Deportations ….16 Chapter Two: Jews Greet the Soviet Invaders ….42 Chapter Three: Fifth Columnists and Armed Rebellions ….61 Chapter Four: The Fate of Polish Officers and Soldiers ….80 […]

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Book Reviews

Neighbors, by Jan T. Gross

Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz When faced with serious criticism of his book, Gross and his supporters resorted to the argument that the book’s main contribution lay in its “shock value.” The readers should disregard the (numerous) shortcomings, they asserted. What mattered was the therapeutic shock capable of reshaping the Poles’ self-image and, by extension, […]

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Other

Hitler’s Pope? Not So Fast

by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz March 23, 2020 Professor Henry Kamen of Oxford was one of the fiercest detractors of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition (currently known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). Then Pope John Paul II allowed him into the Secret Vatican Archives which led to […]

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Book Reviews

Political and Transitional Justice in Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union from the 1930s to the 1950s, by Magnus Brechtken, Władysław Bułhak and Jürgen Zarusky (eds.) 2019

Reviewed by Jan Peczkis Polish Collaboration very rare: less than 0.1% of the ethnic Polish population. Jew killing WWII by Poles induced by German terror – Brechtken No “Polish Complicity in the Holocaust” in Any Rational Sense of the Term My review of this anthology is limited to the works of Ingo Loose and Andrzej […]

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Book Reviews

Zaglada Zydow W Krakowie, by Aleksander Bieberstein. 1959, 1985

Reviewed by Jan Peczkis Holocaust Eyewitness: Polish Denouncers of Jews Were Uncommon. Jewish Denouncers Were More Common Than Polish Denouncers! Jan T. Gross Falsehoods Debunked THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWS OF KRAKOW. This Polish-language book is a gem. [I thank courageous Polish historian Jerzy Robert Nowak for bringing this excellent book to public attention on […]

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Polish Experience

Soviet camps in “liberated” Poland

The photograph: Soviets in the liberated Majdanek camp.

  The first NKVD camps were established right after the Red Army entered the eastern territories of the Commonwealth. New ones were created in Lublin Poland. Soon after, the Soviets eagerly used the infrastructure of former German concentration camps, including the most infamous ones, such as Auschwitz and Majdanek. The German death camp at Majdanek, […]

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Polish/Jewish Relations

The story of Abram Tauber – a Jew saved by the Home Army, who, after the war, became the head of the Security Service in the village of Chodel.

This story shows that in the case of Polish-Jewish relations – especially in the post-war period – there can be no simple, zero-one narrative. Just as there were bad Poles surrendering hiding Jews to Germans, so were there Jews, overrepresented among communists, who tortured and murdered patriotic Poles hiding from communists. Abram Tauber, who was […]

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Book Reviews

Essential Papers on Jews and the Left, by Ezra Mendelsohn (Editor). 1997

Reviewed by Jan Peczkis Zydokomuna “Poland’s Jews Didn’t Know Communism Was Violent and Totalitarian” Exculpation Debunked This book centers on personages and political movements. It features the philosophy of Moses Hess and Ber Borokhov, the anti-Semitism of the Jew Karl Marx, etc. It concludes with the anti-Zionist politics of the Soviet Union in the last […]

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Recommended Books

The Light in Hidden Places, by Sharon Cameron

The extraordinary story of Stefania Podgorska, a Polish teenager who chose bravery and humanity by hiding thirteen Jews in her attic during WWII — from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron. One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make… It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working […]

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Polish Experience

A Forgotten Odyssey – The Untold Story of 1,700,000 Poles Deported to Siberia in 1940 [five-part video]

In 1940, after Russia invaded Poland, Stalin deported 1.7 million Poles to slave labor camps in Siberia and Kazakhstan. Only one third of them survived.

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