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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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Obituary Teresa Prekerowa 1922‒1998

Obituary Teresa Prekerowa 1922‒1998

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(p.450) Obituary Teresa Prekerowa 1922‒1998
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
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Agata TuszyńSka

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0047

This chapter provides an obituary for Teresa Prekerowa, one of the most prominent and well-respected contributors to these pages. Official recognition of her heroism and devotion was long delayed. The Polish Union of Fighters for Freedom and Democracy refused her membership, as they had refused it to others, on the grounds that they did not consider rescuing Jews to be a valid form of participation in the Polish underground struggle. It was only in 1985, after she had gained prominence through the publication of her first book, that she was awarded the title 'Righteous among the Nations' by Yad Vashem. Prekerowa turned to the historian's trade later in life, and although she never gained formal academic qualifications or held a formal post, she had a great deal more influence on students and colleagues alike than many an academic with an impressive list of diplomas. She wrote two books and numerous articles of the highest standard, and was an energetic and knowledgeable participant in all the debates and discussions that have animated the question of Polish–Jewish relations over the past few decades.

Keywords:   Teresa Prekerowa, heroism, Jews, Polish underground, Jewish historian, Polish–Jewish relations

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