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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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Sąsiedzi: Historia zagłady żydowskiego miasteczka

Sąsiedzi: Historia zagłady żydowskiego miasteczka

Sąsiedzi: Historia zagłady żydowskiego miasteczka
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Jan Tomasz Gross

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies Jan Tomasz Gross's Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne. The story that Gross recounts is well known by now. On July 10, 1941, two weeks after the Germans arrived, a pogrom took place in the small town of Jedwabne, near Białystok. But for a few who managed to run away and hide, all the town's Jews perished that day, at the hands of their Polish neighbours. Gross allowed a year to elapse between the publication of the Polish and English editions of his book, to give Poles a chance to debate the matter before the international spotlight fell on it. He was not disappointed: the appearance of Sąsiedzi in May of 2000 set off an unprecedented ‘affair’, which was still simmering more than two years later. Over the next two years, nearly a thousand articles appeared in the Polish press, many of them heatedly polemical; debate raged in public meetings and on the Internet, and there was extensive coverage in the electronic media. An official investigation was launched, and the highest authorities of Church and State became involved. The Jedwabne affair has represented really the first mass public airing of Polish-Jewish issues since the Holocaust.

Keywords:   Jan Tomasz Gross, Jewish community, Jedwabne, Jews, Poles, Sasiedzi, Polish press, Jedwabne affair, Polish-Jewish issues

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