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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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The Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland 1944–1947

The Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland 1944–1947

(p.74) The Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland 1944–1947
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Natalia Aleksiun

Liverpool University Press

This chapter highlights the ambitious mission of documenting the martyrdom and heroism of Polish Jewry under the sponsorship of the Central Committee of Polish Jews. It details how the Central Jewish Historical Commission mobilized scores of survivors to retrieve, organize, and reconstruct the memories of more than 7,000 Polish Jewish survivors. It also mentions the publication of books on various aspects of the destruction of Polish Jewry. The chapter emphasizes how the prodigious undertaking of the commission dispels the impression of quiescent survivor communities that are preoccupied solely with resuming normal life in the post-war world. It draws attention to the prosecutorial dimension of the commission's work.

Keywords:   Polish Jewry, Central Committee of Polish Jews, Central Jewish Historical Commission, Polish Jewish survivors, post-war world

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