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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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You from Jedwabne

You from Jedwabne

(p.413) You from Jedwabne
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Joanna Tokarska-Bakir

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the book My z Jedwabnego (We from Jedwabne) by Anna Bikont, which recorded what has occurred in the town and documented the very experience of Jedwabne. The chapter details the peace that reigned again in Jedwabne three years after the well-publicized memorial service in July 2001 on the sixtieth anniversary of the massacre. It also delves into the debate on Jedwabne as it constitutes the first authentic link to that fragment of history of the free Poland that by foreign designs ended in September 1939, and then again in 1945. The chapter analyzes how the Jedwabne debate hints directly at the interrupted discussion about the shape of Polish national unity, in which the concepts of the uniform, Catholic, and nationalist 'backwoods' and the multinational 'Judeopolonia' kept clashing. It considers the Church as the Łomza district's main saboteur of the Piłsudski idea of a diverse national community next to the extremists and nationalists.

Keywords:   Anna Bikont, Jedwabne, massacre, free Poland, Polish national unity, Judeopolonia, backwoods

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