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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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A Shadow over the Dialogue

A Shadow over the Dialogue

(p.325) A Shadow over the Dialogue
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

Monika Adamczyk-garbowska

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a critique of the statements by Revd Waldemar Chrostowski. No doubt there is some prejudice against Jews in Poland, but, at least in circles such as the academic community and the Polish episcopate's Commission for Dialogue with Judaism, certain things are understood and require no further explanation. In Chrostowski's statement, instead of openness, an eagerness for dialogue, and admission of transgressions, one finds a somewhat competitive, obstinate attitude. Such an attitude is not rare in this context. Some Poles think that the very fact that they are interested and involved in Jewish culture or Judaism should make all Jews in the world grateful to them; therefore, if they happen to come across criticism or hostility towards Poles or Poland on the part of a Jew, in spite of their own good will, they start to resent the whole Jewish community. In such an approach, the dominant concern is not to be open towards the other, but to demonstrate at any cost that one is right.

Keywords:   Waldemar Chrostowski, prejudice, Jews, Poland, Polish episcopate, Commission for Dialogue with Judaism, Poles, Jewish culture, Judaism, Jewish community

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