Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Times of Israel Blogger Sheldon Kirshner Reviews Bieganski

Sheldon Kirshner, a Times of Israel blogger, has reviewed Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype. You can read Kirshner's review here

Thank you to Jerzy Pankiewicz for altering me to this review. 


  1. I have read the review. It is pretty good until the very end.

    The reviewer asserts that Polonophobia is not an essential component of the Jewish identity. In a sense, it is.

    Many Jewish authors (for example, click on my name in this posting to see my recent review) have pointed out that the Holocaust has become a sort of substitute religion for Jews. This, in turn, means that there must be an everlasting polarity: That of the Jewish-victim and the non-Jewish perpetrator.

    This perpetrator does not have to be the actual one--the German. In fact, quite a few Jewish authors I have reviewed had pointed out that the Ben Gurion/Konrad Adenauer 1952 Luxembourg Agreement, wherein West Germany agreed to pay reparations to Israel, began a softening of Jewish hostility to Germany.

    So a new bad guy was needed. Guess who?

    In fact, some Jewish authors [see my Sept. 21, 2006 of Tom Segev's THE SEVENTH MILLION) have unambiguously identified Jews who are willing to go as far as blaming Poles in place of the actual perpetrators--the Germans.

  2. Danusha,

    I admit I would be all over it.

    "Is it a good review? Is it a good review?"


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