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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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Jedwabne and Wizna

Jedwabne and Wizna

Monuments and Memory in the Łomża Region

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(p.244) Jedwabne and Wizna
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20
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Marta Kurkowska

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.003.0010

This chapter compares the process of memorialization in the towns of Jedwabne and Wizna. It describes Jedwabne, where the infamous massacre of Jews by their Polish neighbours in 1941 took place, while Wizna is known as the site of a battle in September 1939 in which 650 Polish soldiers died defending the line of defence fortifications in the area. It also points out the existence of a monument to the Jewish victims of the massacre in Jedwabne, which official and popular mythology attributed solely to German forces. The chapter mentions the monument built to 180 local victims of Nazi and Soviet aggression that attracted renewed local attention a decade after the conflict over the site of a new memorial to the murdered Jews of Jedwabne broke out. It discusses how the residents of Wizna have erected several memorials during the last twenty-five years of communist rule.

Keywords:   memorialization, Jedwabne, Wizna, Jewish victims, German forces, communist rule, Jewish massacre

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