Tad Szulc

The Secret Alliance: The Extraordinary Story of the Rescue of the Jews Since World War II

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It hints at many stories but doesn't focus on any, this is the greatest minus. A very informative account of how secret intelligence networks and the Mossad set in motion operations to rescue more than 2 million Jews from Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East after WWII.

The narrative becomes a little tedious at some points because of the many protagonists and their stories getting mixed up and not stopping to deal in full with any particular one. However, there are now and then some pearls of information, little details of a few lines that are worth the whole book. But these stories of true and anonymous heroism deserve a full book by themselves. Numbers, data, don't reach the heart. It's not the same to say "2 thousand people died yesterday" than to say "Jim Jones died yesterday".

It really makes you feel frustrated to get only a glimpse at the lives of these great men and women who dedicated themselves to saving others. Or not to know more about things for example: the Costa Rican consul in France who in 1947 traded with the lives of thousands of Jews (Displaced Persons) selling visa stamps at five dollars each, getting rich on account of the Holocaust. The story is just dropped as passing by.


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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