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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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Jewish Collaborators on Trial in Poland 1944–1956

Jewish Collaborators on Trial in Poland 1944–1956

(p.122) Jewish Collaborators on Trial in Poland 1944–1956
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Gabriel N. Finder

Alexander V. Prusin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes the interaction of law and Holocaust memory from a different angle. It examines the post-war trials of putative Jewish collaborators in both the Polish state judicial system and the Jewish citizens' tribunal that the Central Committee of Polish Jews established in 1946 to investigate to try fellow Jews suspected of co-operation with the German enemy. It also looks into the survivors' bitter memories of the collaboration of some Jews with the Germans, which bred a fair dose of inwardly directed anger within the post-war Jewish community. The chapter explains how the presence of suspected collaborators tarnished the memory of Jewish heroes and martyrs, which the Central Committee of Polish Jews worked so hard to promote. It mentions the Polish regime that showed a minimal amount of interest in suspected Jewish collaborators, while the Jewish community was deeply perturbed by their presence.

Keywords:   Holocaust memory, post-war trials, Jewish collaborators, post-war Jewish community, Polish regime, Central Committee of Polish Jews, Jewish citizens' tribunal

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