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The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy Over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland

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Publisher Comments:

Neighbors--Jan Gross's stunning account of the brutal mass murder of the Jews of Jedwabne by their Polish neighbors--was met with international critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the United States. It has also been, from the moment of its publication, the occasion of intense controversy and painful reckoning. This book captures some of the most important voices in the ensuing debate, including those of residents of Jedwabne itself as well as those of journalists, intellectuals, politicians, Catholic clergy, and historians both within and well beyond Poland's borders.

Antony Polonsky and Joanna Michlic introduce the debate, focusing particularly on how Neighbors rubbed against difficult old and new issues of Polish social memory and national identity. The editors then present a variety of Polish voices grappling with the role of the massacre and of Polish-Jewish relations in Polish history. They include samples of the various strategies used by Polish intellectuals and political elites as they have attempted to deal with their country's dark past, to overcome the legacy of the Holocaust, and to respond to Gross's book.

The Neighbors Respond makes the debate over Neighbors available to an English-speaking audience--and is an excellent tool for bringing the discussion into the classroom. It constitutes an engrossing contribution to modern Jewish history, to our understanding of Polish modern history and identity, and to our bank of Holocaust memory.

Synopsis:

This is a selection of the most important contributions in Poland and in the wider world on the debate provoked by Jan Gross's revelations about the massacre in the small Polish town of Jewabne in North-eastern Poland in July 1941.

Synopsis:

"Jan Gross's revelations about the Jedwabne massacre have shaken Polish public opinion such as no other issue since the fall of communism. Now English-speaking readers will be able to sample the richness and complexity of that discussion."--Brian Porter, University of Michigan

"There was a wide range of responses to Jan Gross's Neighbors around the world, for the good reason that the book frankly astonished us when we learned what happened in a tiny Polish village during the Holocaust. Polish citizens murdered their innocent Jewish neighbors in the cold light of day. Reactions to the book in Poland have varied, but in addition to positive accolades, many journalists, clergy, and 'experts' disputed the book's findings and attacked its author. Until this incredibly important volume, most non-Polish speakers have not been able to follow the interesting debates that ensued. This book provides a wealth of information and translates many key Polish reviews and reactions to Neighbors. The editors' scholarship is first-class from beginning to end. There simply is no comparable book."--Robert Gellately, Earl R. Beck Professor of History, Florida State University

Synopsis:

Neighbors--Jan Gross's stunning account of the brutal mass murder of the Jews of Jedwabne by their Polish neighbors--was met with international critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the United States. It has also been, from the moment of its publication, the occasion of intense controversy and painful reckoning. This book captures some of the most important voices in the ensuing debate, including those of residents of Jedwabne itself as well as those of journalists, intellectuals, politicians, Catholic clergy, and historians both within and well beyond Poland's borders.

Antony Polonsky and Joanna Michlic introduce the debate, focusing particularly on how Neighbors rubbed against difficult old and new issues of Polish social memory and national identity. The editors then present a variety of Polish voices grappling with the role of the massacre and of Polish-Jewish relations in Polish history. They include samples of the various strategies used by Polish intellectuals and political elites as they have attempted to deal with their country's dark past, to overcome the legacy of the Holocaust, and to respond to Gross's book.

The Neighbors Respond makes the debate over Neighbors available to an English-speaking audience--and is an excellent tool for bringing the discussion into the classroom. It constitutes an engrossing contribution to modern Jewish history, to our understanding of Polish modern history and identity, and to our bank of Holocaust memory.

Table of Contents

PREFACE xiii
INTRODUCTION 1
PART I: THE INITIAL REPORTING INTRODUCTION 47
Andrzej Kaczynski
"Burnt Offering," Rzeczpospolita, 5 May 2000 50
Gabriela Szczesna
"The Blood of Jedwabne," Kontakty, 7 May 2000 60
Maria Kaczynska
"In Memory and Admonition," Gazeta Wspólczesna, 11 July 2000 64
PART II: THE MORAL DEBATE INTRODUCTION 69
Zofia Kossak-Szczucka
"Prophecies Are Being Fulfilled," Prawda, May 1942 72
Joanna Tokarska-Bakir
"Obsessed with Innocence," Gazeta Wyborcza, 13-14 January 2001 75
Jan Nowak-Jezioranski
"A Need for Compensation," Rzeczpospolita, 26 January 2001 87
Antoni Macierewicz
"The Revolution of Nihilism," Glos, 3 February 2001 93
Hanna Swida-Ziemba
"The Shortsightedness of the 'Cultured,'" Gazeta Wyborcza, 6 April 2001 103
Jerzy Slawomir Mac
"Homo Jedvabicus," Wprost, 22 July 2001 114
PART III: OFFICIAL STATEMENTS INTRODUCTION 121
Living in Truth: Special Statement by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek regarding the Slaughter of Jews in Jedwabne in 1941, April 2001 125
Address Delivered by Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., 5 April 2001 126
Address by President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski at the Ceremonies in Jedwabne Marking the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Jedwabne Tragedy on 10 July 2001 130
Findings of Investigation S 1/00/Zn into the Murder of Polish Citizens of Jewish Origin in the Town of Jedwabne on 10 July 1941, pursuant to Article 1 Point 1 of the Decree of 31 August 1944 133
"Jedwabne-Let Us Be Silent in the Face of This Crime: Piotr Lipinski Talks with Professor Andrzej Rzeplinski," Gazeta Wyborcza, 22 July 2002 137
PART IV: THE DEBATE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
INTRODUCTION 147
"A Poor Christian Looks at Jedwabne: Adam Boniecki and Michal Okonski Talk with Archbishop Henryk Muszynski," Tygodnik Powszechny, 25 March 2001 155
Interview with the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, on the Murder of Jews in Jedwabne, 15 May 2001 166
Rev. Stanislaw Musial, "We Ask You to Help Us Be Better," Gazeta Wyborcza, 23 May 2001 173
PART V: VOICES OF THE INHABITANTS OF JEDWABNE
INTRODUCTION 181
"We Are Different People: A Discussion about Jedwabne in Jedwabne," Wiez, April 2001
186
Marta Kurkowska-Budzan, "My Jedwabne" 200
PART VI: MEMORIES AND METHODOLOGIES: THE HISTORICAL DEBATE
INTRODUCTION 209
Tomasz Strzembosz
"Collaboration Passed Over in Silence," Rzeczpospolita, 27 January 2001 220
Jerzy Jedlicki
"How to Grapple with the Perplexing Legacy," Polityka, 10 February 2001 237
"A Roundtable Discussion: Jedwabne-Crime and Memory," Rzeczpospolita, 3 March 2001 247
Anna Bikont
"We of Jedwabne," Gazeta Wyborcza, 23 March 2001 267
Bogdan Musial
"The Pogrom in Jedwabne: Critical Remarks about Jan T. Gross's Neighbors" 304
Jan Gross
"Critical Remarks Indeed" 344
"Jedwabne without Stereotypes: Agnieszka Sabor and Marek Zajac Talk with Professor Tomasz Szarota," Tygodnik Powszechny, 28 April 2002 371
Dariusz Stola
"Jedwabne: How Was It Possible?" 386
PART VII: THE DISCUSSION OUTSIDE POLAND
INTRODUCTION 403
David Engel
"Introduction to the Hebrew Edition of Neighbors" 408
Israel Gutman
"Do the Poor Poles Really Look at the Ghetto? Introduction to Hebrew Edition of Neighbors" 414
István Deák
"Heroes and Victims" (Extracts), New York Review of Books, 31 May 2001 421
Richard Lukas
"Jedwabne and the Selling of the Holocaust," Polish American Journal, May 2001 430
Adam Michnik
"Poles and the Jews: How Deep the Guilt?" New York Times, 17 March 2001 434
Leon Wieseltier and Adam Michnik
"Washington Diarist: Righteous" and an Exchange of Letters, New Republic, 9, 17, and 24 April 2001 440
CHRONOLOGY 451
EXPLANATORY NOTES 459
INDEX 471

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691113067
Editor:
Polonsky, Antony
Editor:
Michlic, Joanna B.
Editor:
Polonsky, Antony
Editor:
Michlic, Joanna B.
Author:
Michlic, Joanna B.
Author:
Polonsky, Antony
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Jedwabne
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Jedwabne (Poland) - Ethnic relations
Subject:
Gross, Jan Tomasz
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
139
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This is a selection of the most important contributions in Poland and in the wider world on the debate provoked by Jan Gross's revelations about the massacre in the small Polish town of Jewabne in North-eastern Poland in July 1941.
"Synopsis" by , "Jan Gross's revelations about the Jedwabne massacre have shaken Polish public opinion such as no other issue since the fall of communism. Now English-speaking readers will be able to sample the richness and complexity of that discussion."--Brian Porter, University of Michigan

"There was a wide range of responses to Jan Gross's Neighbors around the world, for the good reason that the book frankly astonished us when we learned what happened in a tiny Polish village during the Holocaust. Polish citizens murdered their innocent Jewish neighbors in the cold light of day. Reactions to the book in Poland have varied, but in addition to positive accolades, many journalists, clergy, and 'experts' disputed the book's findings and attacked its author. Until this incredibly important volume, most non-Polish speakers have not been able to follow the interesting debates that ensued. This book provides a wealth of information and translates many key Polish reviews and reactions to Neighbors. The editors' scholarship is first-class from beginning to end. There simply is no comparable book."--Robert Gellately, Earl R. Beck Professor of History, Florida State University

"Synopsis" by , Neighbors--Jan Gross's stunning account of the brutal mass murder of the Jews of Jedwabne by their Polish neighbors--was met with international critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the United States. It has also been, from the moment of its publication, the occasion of intense controversy and painful reckoning. This book captures some of the most important voices in the ensuing debate, including those of residents of Jedwabne itself as well as those of journalists, intellectuals, politicians, Catholic clergy, and historians both within and well beyond Poland's borders.

Antony Polonsky and Joanna Michlic introduce the debate, focusing particularly on how Neighbors rubbed against difficult old and new issues of Polish social memory and national identity. The editors then present a variety of Polish voices grappling with the role of the massacre and of Polish-Jewish relations in Polish history. They include samples of the various strategies used by Polish intellectuals and political elites as they have attempted to deal with their country's dark past, to overcome the legacy of the Holocaust, and to respond to Gross's book.

The Neighbors Respond makes the debate over Neighbors available to an English-speaking audience--and is an excellent tool for bringing the discussion into the classroom. It constitutes an engrossing contribution to modern Jewish history, to our understanding of Polish modern history and identity, and to our bank of Holocaust memory.

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