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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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Stanislaus A. Blejwas 1941‒2001

Stanislaus A. Blejwas 1941‒2001

(p.570) Stanislaus A. Blejwas 1941‒2001
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16
Michael C. Steinlauf, Antony Polonsky
Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents an obituary for Professor Stanislaus A. Blejwas, one of the foremost scholars of Polish and Polish American history in the United States. Blejwas was the most important historian of the Polish immigrant experience in New England, producing a steady stream of articles and monographs on the subject. He was among those who pioneered the study of immigrants through literature and music. Through his involvement in the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and the National Polish American–Jewish American Council, Blejwas worked tirelessly to improve Polish–Jewish relations in the United States. He strongly opposed both antisemitism and anti-Polonism. Thanks in part to his work, the portrayal of the victimization of Polish Christians by the Nazis was improved at the Holocaust Museum, a task which took gradual and patient work. Despite obstacles from all sides and the fact that many in his own community could not or would not understand what he was doing on their behalf, he knew far better than most that there was no real future in endless Polish–Jewish dispute and that despite claims to the contrary, Poles and Jews had far more in common than they had in conflict.

Keywords:   Stanislaus A. Blejwas, Polish history, Polish American history, Polish immigrant experience, Polish–Jewish relations, United States, antisemitism, anti-Polonism, Polish Christians

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