After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War 11

After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War 11

by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
     
 

Conventional wisdom holds that Jews killed in Poland immediately after World War II were victims of ubiquitous Polish anti-Semitism. This book traces the roots of Polish-Jewish conflict after the war, demonstrating that it was a two-sided phenomenon and not simply an extension of the Holocaust. The author argues that violence developed after the Soviet takeover of

Overview

Conventional wisdom holds that Jews killed in Poland immediately after World War II were victims of ubiquitous Polish anti-Semitism. This book traces the roots of Polish-Jewish conflict after the war, demonstrating that it was a two-sided phenomenon and not simply an extension of the Holocaust. The author argues that violence developed after the Soviet takeover of Poland amid postwar retribution and counter-retribution and was exacerbated by the breakdown of law and order and a raging Polish anti-Communist insurgency. Meanwhile, Jewish Communists fought to establish a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist regime. Some Jewish avengers endeavored to extract justice from Poles who allegedly harmed Jews during the War and in some cases Jews attempted to reclaim property confiscated by the Nazis. These phenomena reinforced the stereotype of zydokomuna, a Jewish-Communist conspiracy, and Poles reacted with violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880335119
Publisher:
Eastern European Monographs
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
East European Monographs Ser.
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.

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