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Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland

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On a summer day in 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the town of Jedwabne brutally murdered the other half: 1,600 men, women, and children-all but seven of the town's Jews. In this shocking and compelling study, historian Jan Gross pieces together eyewitness accounts as well as physical evidence into a comprehensive reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but hidden to history. Revealing wider truths about Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism, Gross's investigation sheds light on how Jedwabne's Jews came to be murdered — not by faceless Nazis, but by people who knew them well.

Review:

"The always heated question of the role of Poles in the Holocaust comes to a head here. The book is bound to generate controversy." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The author has no facile answers to these problems, but his story asks us to think about them in new ways." David Engel, author of The Holocaust: The Third Reich and the Jews

Synopsis:

On a summer day in 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the town of Jedwabne brutally murdered the other half: 1,600 men, women, and children-all but seven of the town's Jews. In this shocking and compelling study, historian Jan Gross pieces together eyewitness accounts as well as physical evidence into a comprehensive reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but hidden to history. Revealing wider truths about Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism, Gross's investigation sheds light on how Jedwabne's Jews came to be murdered-not by faceless Nazis, but by people who knew them well.

Synopsis:

One summer day in 1941, half of the Polish town of Jedwabne murdered the other half, 1,600 men, women, and children, all but seven of the town's Jews. "Neighbors" tells their story.

About the Author

Jan T. Gross was a 2001 National Book Award nominee for his widely acclaimed Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. He teaches history at Princeton University, where he is a Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Outline of the Story

Sources

Before the War

Soviet Occupation, 1939-1941

The Outbreak of the Russo-German War and the Pogrom in Radzilow

Preparations

Who Murdered the Jews of Jedwabne?

The Murder

Plunder

Intimate Biographies

Anachronism

What Do People Remember?

Collective Responsibility

New Approach to Sources

Is It Possible to Be Simultaneously a Victim and a Victimizer?

Collaboration

Social Support for Stalinism

For a New Historiography

Postscript

Afterword

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002407
Author:
Gross, Jan T
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Gross, Jan T.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Poland
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.76x5.04x.64 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142002407 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The always heated question of the role of Poles in the Holocaust comes to a head here. The book is bound to generate controversy." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The author has no facile answers to these problems, but his story asks us to think about them in new ways."
"Synopsis" by ,
On a summer day in 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the town of Jedwabne brutally murdered the other half: 1,600 men, women, and children-all but seven of the town's Jews. In this shocking and compelling study, historian Jan Gross pieces together eyewitness accounts as well as physical evidence into a comprehensive reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but hidden to history. Revealing wider truths about Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism, Gross's investigation sheds light on how Jedwabne's Jews came to be murdered-not by faceless Nazis, but by people who knew them well.

"Synopsis" by , One summer day in 1941, half of the Polish town of Jedwabne murdered the other half, 1,600 men, women, and children, all but seven of the town's Jews. "Neighbors" tells their story.

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