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Sheila Skaff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325628

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325628.001.0001

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(p.61) Chapter Four: Neighbors
Studying Ida

Sheila Skaff

Liverpool University Press

This chapter dissects the history surrounding the controversy over Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida in the Polish and international press. It mentions the small town where Wanda and Ida search for the remains of their relatives that bears a striking resemblance to a town in Poland named Jedwabne, which is best known for a pogrom that took place during the Nazi occupation of World War II. It also talks about the controversial book, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabe, Poland, written by Jan Tomasz Gross and published in May 2000, which describes in detail how local residents began an anti-Jewish pogrom in Jedwabne. The chapter points out the massacre recounted in Neighbors that had been either attributed to the Nazi occupiers or shrouded in secrecy. It covers Gross's work that details how the Polish inhabitants of Jedwabne may have voluntarily massacred their Jewish neighbours.

Keywords:   Paweł Pawlikowski, Ida, Jedwabne, anti-Jewish pogrom, Jan Tomasz Gross, massacre, Nazi occupation

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