Post Tagged with: "World War 2"

Jozef Jarosz, who saved 14 Jews during the Holocaust, meeting Jonny Daniels, left, in Warsaw in November 2016. (Photo courtesy of From the Depths)
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Commentary

The Polish Response to the Holocaust: A Discussion

CR takes this opportunity to publish a letter written by Eli Rubenstein, the Canadian Director of the March of the Living and an award-winning educator, to the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) concerning its Dec. 11th article about Polish rescue efforts of Jews during WWII, followed by our own comments.

OJCU – To My Father
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Films

OJCU – To My Father

In 1938, a little girl, Alina Bandrowska, saw her father arrested by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police. He never returned.

The Ulma family
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Commentary

Beyond the Ulmas: The Need for a Social History of Genocide in Occupied Poland

Commemorations hold a special place in national memory; historians have an obligation to protect the emerging social history from being eclipsed. Tom Frydel explains.

Jan Karski
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Features

Jan Karski, Humanity’s Hero, a Soldier of an Allied Army

A special event in San Francisco honoured Jan Karski, and veterans of two allied countries, Poland and the United States. A great thing to do, especially together.

Black Ribbon Day
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Books

Black Ribbon Day

Why are Stalin’s alliance with Hitler and his genocidal policies overlooked, even denied? Reviewing Black Ribbon Day, Michał Kasprzak suggests “the nightmarish partnership of tyrannies” needs more attention.

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Books

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival

It took Poland fifty years to regain its freedom. For many Poles it took even longer to liberate their memories. Marian Wiacek recorded his for his grandchildren.

Karski and the Lords of Humanity
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Films

Karski and the Lords of Humanity

“Tell your people that they have a friend in the White House.” But the genocide continued, and in the end the friend gave Karski’s country to Stalin.

Generals Sikorski & Anders in Iran, 31 km to Tehran, 4371 to Warsaw
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Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents

This is a war story that unites the fate of soldiers and civilians. Thank you, Norman Davies, for gathering the memoirs, the photographs, and the historian’s details, and telling the story with such élan. Now where’s the young historian who will break new ground and write a scholarly work on this neglected subject?

The Warsaw Uprising: A Noncombatant Survivor’s Memoir
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The Warsaw Uprising: A Noncombatant Survivor’s Memoir

Miron Białoszewski’s memoir of the 63 days of terror endured by civilians during the Warsaw Uprising is a difficult but essential book. Kudos to NYRB for this new edition, translated by Madeline G. Levine.

The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939-1945
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The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939-1945

Joshua Zimmerman’s groundbreaking book carries out “two fundamental tasks of the historian: restoring the buried sense of historical contingency and recognizing the human proportion of experiences still painfully fresh.” Tom Frydel reviews.

Potsdam and Poland
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Potsdam and Poland

Loss of territory, no reparations from Germany, a dictatorship imposed from abroad, and no safe return for Polish veterans and wartime exiles. In Washington, London and Moscow power and duplicity ruled; honor and integrity collapsed. M.B.B. Biskupski comments.

A World Apart
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

A World Apart

Gustav Herling-Grudziński, Inmate No. 1872, wrote his powerful indictment of the Soviet system of penal camps, the GULAG, not as a description of nations at war, but as a conflict between barbarism and civilization. First published in 1951, this book was quietly but intentionally suppressed for decades.

Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 — Winter-Spring / Books

Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising

With access to hitherto unused archives, historian Alexandra Richie brings little-known facts and a sobering description of the barbaric destruction of the people and the city of Warsaw.