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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Jews in the Polish Security Apparatus: An Attempt to Test the Stereotype

Jews in the Polish Security Apparatus: An Attempt to Test the Stereotype

(p.453) Jews in the Polish Security Apparatus: An Attempt to Test the Stereotype
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Andrzej Paczkowski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter assesses the issue of Jews in the Urzędy Bezpieczeństwa (Polish security apparatus, UB), which includes that of the relationship of Jews to communism as well as of Poles to Jews, and also perhaps of Jews to Poles. The disproportionate number of Jews in the communist movement and in radical leftist movements in general is unquestioned, though the time frame is difficult to define. From a certain moment, and certainly from the 1950s, there was an outflow of Jews from these movements rather than the reverse. Moreover, only a minority of Jews laid claim to the possibility of entry. In spite of this, and regardless of their many and varied motivations, this disproportionate number influenced the attitude of Poles and other nationalities towards Jews in general, and was at times the subject of controversy among Jews themselves. The chapter then looks at the Jewish participation in the Polish security apparatus in the years 1944-56.

Keywords:   Jews, Polish security apparatus, communism, Poles, communist movement, radical leftist movements

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