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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Polish Experience

Stalin’s Forgotten Crime [Video]

Produced by Stefan Tompson ” This is my tribute to my great uncle, who was executed in the Katyn Massacre.”

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Book Reviews

The Political Roots of the Polish Guerrilla NSZ. The NSZ and the Jews

The Political Roots of the Polish Guerrilla NSZ. The NSZ and the Jews Narodowe Sily Zbrojne: Kulisy Walki Podziemnej 1939-1945 by Jerzy Pilacinski “Lech” Reviewed by Jan Peczkis NATIONAL ARMED FORCES: THE BACKSTAGE OF THE UNDERGROUND COMBAT 1939-1945, is the title of this Polish-language book. This book has little on NSZ combat, and centers upon personalities […]

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