Saturday, March 23, 2019

Jan Peczkis' Reviews Removed from Amazon and Goodreads.

I learned not too long ago that Amazon erased every one of Jan Peczkis' book reviews.

Jan Peczkis published an astonishing number of book reviews, almost all of them reviews of interest to Polonians.

In fact, if you looked at some Polish-interest books that received almost no attention, but that should receive much attention, Jan Peczkis' review might be the ONLY review on the page.

Here's one such book: Wladyslaw Bartoszewski's "Samaritans: Heroes of the Holocaust." Now the only review for this excellent book, that tells riveting stories of Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, is mine. Jan Peczkis' review used to be there. Now it's gone.

After being completely deleted by Amazon, Jan Peczkis moved his reviews to Goodreads.

I learned within the past couple of days that Goodreads has also expunged Jan Peczkis' account.

So now the two biggest websites for book reviews no longer carry any of Jan Peczkis' reviews.

I don't agree with everything Jan Peczkis says, and when I disagree with him I tell him so. If there was objectionable material in a review by Jan Peczkis could Amazon or Goodreads not have addressed that with Jan Peczkis, rather than deleting every one of his reviews and banning him from further use of the platform? This is a real question. 

In any case, this erasing of Jan Peczkis' reviews should be a reminder: when you read a worthy book on a topic of interest to Polonians, please, please, post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Further, if you think Amazon or Goodreads was right to delete all of his reviews, please make your case in the comments section. This is worth talking about. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Jak Rozpoznac Zyda / How to Recognize a Jew: Polish Anti-Semites Strike Again

The print publication, available nationally, "Tylko Polska" ran the other day, the headline "How to Recognize a Jew." This is making news around the world. People are interpreting it to mean that Poles are all anti-Semites. That Poles are condemning this headline is getting lost. This is being widely covered. One can read more here.

From the above linked article:

After a moment of reflection, the director of the CIS, however, announced on Twitter that the Chancellery of the Sejm would apply to remove from the set of press provided by RUCH SA a periodical with anti-Semitic articles. "At the same time, a list of titles, which are made available by the colporteur in the Parliament, will be thoroughly verified," he added.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Anti-Semitic Belgian Carnival Float Creators and Viewers Double Down on Anti-Semitism

The creators of the anti-Semitic Belgian carnival float double down on their anti-Semitism. As do those who loved the float, in their Facebook posts. See here

Friday, March 1, 2019

A Polite Invitation to Polonia: Support Polish-American Scholars

Front Page is running a piece by me about fake hate crimes. At the end of the piece I tell the story of a man I call "Andrzej." 

When Andrzej was attacked, he had no support. 

We can change that. 

You can read the piece here or here.