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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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The Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation The Jews of Poland

The Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation The Jews of Poland

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The Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation The Jews of Poland
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15
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Gwido Zlatkes

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.003.0033

This chapter presents the Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation’s recent publication, The Jews of Poland. This book uses personal narratives and comparison with today’s dilemmas and choices that work better for young readers than dry historical narration. A striking feature of The Jews of Poland is that it seems as if it has no author. Instead, it appears that Facing History and Ourselves has sole responsibility for the book’s strengths and weaknesses. As such, the chapter outlines several errors present in the book. Factual errors and lack of editorial care are found on almost every page. Still more serious are the methodological faults. Furthermore, the book is plainly ahistorical. Facts seem to be chosen haphazardly, with no regard to the importance assigned to them in standard Polish or Jewish historiography. Key events and figures are skipped over, sometimes bringing to the fore instead obscure personalities whose names are often misspelled.

Keywords:   The Jews of Poland, personal narratives, factual errors, methodological errors, book review, Holocaust, American Jewish teenagers

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