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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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The Work and Recommendations of the Polish–Israeli Textbooks Committee

The Work and Recommendations of the Polish–Israeli Textbooks Committee

(p.306) The Work and Recommendations of the Polish–Israeli Textbooks Committee
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Shevach Eden

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents discussions conducted by the national committees in Poland and Israel to examine history and geography textbooks and their treatment of the two nations. They were charged with drawing up recommendations for authors of textbooks in each country, with the aim of rectifying mistakes that could lead to the formation or aggravation of prejudices and distortions of the truth. The motives for this initiative varied. The political forces that began the negotiations were motivated by the pragmatic consideration that such a process would bring respectability in the eyes of some parts of the American and Jewish communities. Without a doubt, however, the influence of a group of Polish intellectuals who felt regret for the fate of the Jews in Poland and who understood the importance of the Jews' economic and cultural contributions to the history of Poland was of paramount importance. This led to intellectual interest in any subject connected to Judaism and its culture. The hundreds of books and articles published in recent years reflect this, as does the establishment of research centres and institutes concerned with Jewish history and culture.

Keywords:   Polish–Israeli Textbooks Committee, history textbooks, geography textbooks, textbook authors, Jewish history, Judaism, Jewish culture

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