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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113171

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.001.0001

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In Anger and In Sorrow Towards a Polish-Jewish Dialogue

In Anger and In Sorrow Towards a Polish-Jewish Dialogue

In Anger and In Sorrow Towards a Polish-Jewish Dialogue
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1

Rafael F. Scharf

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Polish–Jewish dialogue. The fabric of Polish–Jewish cohabitation on Polish soil has been irreversibly destroyed. The history of Poland in the version taught and presented to the nation is full of falsehoods, as happens everywhere where an official version has a monopoly fitting the current dogma and where the researcher is hampered by censorship and lack of access to sources. Moral regeneration thus calls for an authentic dialogue with the past. The Jews appear, to Poles in quest of self-knowledge, as witnesses who must be listened to carefully and who must, of course, be questioned. If a means has been found for Poles and Jews to meet on neutral ground, it is important that they should tell each other what most concerns them, not for the sake of recrimination and rhetoric, but in order to come closer to the truth.

Keywords:   Polish–Jewish dialogue, Polish–Jewish cohabitation, Poland, moral regeneration, Jews, Poles, self-knowledge

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