Recommended Books

Daughters of the KGB: Moscow’s Secret Spies, Sleepers and Assassins of the Cold War, by Douglas Boyd

The relationship between the KGB and its ghastly brood of “daughter” organizations through which Moscow terrorized the satellite states grabbed by Stalin during and after World War II. Everyone has heard of the KGB, but little has been published about its daughter organizations. Staffed by Moscow-trained nationals closely monitored by KGB “ambassadors,” Poland’s UB, the […]

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Book Reviews

Deliverance, by Michael Maik. 2004

Reviewed by Jan Peczkis Jewish Source: Jedwabne Murderers by Germans, Not Poles Author Michael Maik writes, “Refugees from Jedwabne and Radzilow arrived, who were coincidentally saved from death, and who saw with their own eyes and felt the hell on their flesh. With the help of local farmers, the Germans gathered the Jews of these […]

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Book Reviews

The Warriors, by Harold Zissman

Reviewed by Jan Peczkis This Jewish Source Affirms the Germans, and Not the Poles, as the Main (or Even Sole) Killers of Jedwabne’s Jews The author writes, “Later on, some Jews who had fled Jedwabno [Jedwabne] for Derechin told us when the Germans first entered their town, they had herded all the Jews into a […]

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Book Reviews

Stranger at Home: The Holocaust, Zionism, and American Judaism, by Jacob Neusner. 2003

Holocaust Supremacism Repudiated Because It Slights the Genocides of Non-Jews

[Review based on 1981 edition.] Jewish author Jacob Neusner notes that modes of thinking and behavior may have originated from non-Jews, but “became Jewish” by being adapted by Jews as their own. For instance, the Talmudic dialectic did not originate with Jews. It found derivation from Greek forms of rhetoric, as well as ancient Roman principles of legal codification. (p. 49).

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Polish Experience

Records Relating to the Katyn Forest Massacre, at the National Archives

Summary of Events Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union each invaded Poland in September of 1939, having divided the country into separate spheres of influence under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. While the Germans began a massacre of Jews and Poles in western occupied Poland, the Red Army arrested and imprisoned thousands of Polish military officers, policemen, […]

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Polish/Jewish Relations

A rabbi who fought for Poland’s independence.

  Born in Poland, in 1897, to a Jewish family with rabbinical traditions, Baruch Steinberg also became a rabbi. In November 1918 he volunteered to join Polish forces in the Polish-Ukrainian war. He fought alongside the Polish forces in the battle of Lwow and remained on the front-lines until Polish forces took control of Przemysl […]

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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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