Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wlodimir (Vladimir) Ledochowski: Ignored By Historians Such as Norman Davies

Norman Davies, author of "God's Playground: A History of Poland"

Wlodimir Ledochowski apparently Un-mentioned in this 700+ page book
on the history of Poland from 1795-present!'s_Playground

God's Playground is a book written in 1979 by Norman Davies, covering the history of Poland.

Davies was inspired to the title by Jan Kochanowski's 1580s Boże igrzysko (Mankind: Bauble of the Gods).

The book (or two, as many editions are split into two volumes) has received good reviews in international press[1] and is considered by many historians[2] and other scholars[3] to be one of the best English-language books on the subject of history of Poland. The author received several Polish honours.

Yet where does it even mention Wlodimir Ledochowski (born October 7, 1866, died December 13, 1942)?!

The only Ledochowski mentioned in the index is Wlodimir's uncle Mieczyslaw, who was imprisoned in 1874 by the government of Otto Von Bismarck, at page 127.



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State appellate court upholds Stanford in Davies case


Davies' works have been criticized at Stanford and elsewhere, by such experts as Lucy S. Dawidowicz (author of The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945) who said they felt Davies minimized historic anti- Semitism in Poland and tended to blame Polish Jews for their fate in the Holocaust. Davies' supporters contend that Poles suffered as much as Jews did in the war and could have done very little to save any of the 3 million Jews living in Poland at the time of the Nazi invasion in 1939.

Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
awarded to Norman Davies by the Polish government in 1999

The New York Times in 1892 on the Papacy, Cardinal Ledochowski, the Vatican and Future War

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