Tad Szulc

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


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.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"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

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en Libertaddigital.com

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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