The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland / Edition 1

The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland / Edition 1

by Antony Polonsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691113068

ISBN-13: 9780691113067

Pub. Date: 11/24/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Neighbors—Jan Gross's stunning account of the brutal mass murder of the Jews of Jedwabne by their Polish neighbors—was met with international critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the United States. It has also been, from the moment of its publication, the occasion of intense controversy and painful reckoning. This book

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Neighbors—Jan Gross's stunning account of the brutal mass murder of the Jews of Jedwabne by their Polish neighbors—was met with international critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the United States. It has also been, from the moment of its publication, the occasion of intense controversy and painful reckoning. This book captures some of the most important voices in the ensuing debate, including those of residents of Jedwabne itself as well as those of journalists, intellectuals, politicians, Catholic clergy, and historians both within and well beyond Poland's borders.

Antony Polonsky and Joanna Michlic introduce the debate, focusing particularly on how Neighbors rubbed against difficult old and new issues of Polish social memory and national identity. The editors then present a variety of Polish voices grappling with the role of the massacre and of Polish-Jewish relations in Polish history. They include samples of the various strategies used by Polish intellectuals and political elites as they have attempted to deal with their country's dark past, to overcome the legacy of the Holocaust, and to respond to Gross's book.

The Neighbors Respond makes the debate over Neighbors available to an English-speaking audience—and is an excellent tool for bringing the discussion into the classroom. It constitutes an engrossing contribution to modern Jewish history, to our understanding of Polish modern history and identity, and to our bank of Holocaust memory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691113067
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Initial Reporting
Burnt Offering
The Blood of Jedwabne60
In Memory and Admonition64
Pt. IIThe Moral Debate
Prophecies Are Being Fulfilled72
Obsessed with Innocence75
A Need for Compensation87
The Revolution of Nihilism93
The Shortsightedness of the 'Cultured'103
Homo Jedvabicus114
Pt. IIIOfficial Statements
Living in Truth: Special Statement by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek regarding the Slaughter of Jews in Jedwabne in 1941, April 2001125
Address Delivered by Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., 5 April 2001126
Address by President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski at the Ceremonies in Jedwabne Marking the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Jedwabne Tragedy on 10 July 2001130
Findings of Investigation S 1/00/Zn into the Murder of Polish Citizens of Jewish Origin in the Town of Jedwabne on 10 July 1941, pursuant to Article 1 Point 1 of the Decree of 31 August 1944133
Jedwabne - Let Us Be Silent in the Face of This Crime: Piotr Lipinski Talks with Professor Andrzej Rzeplinski137
Pt. IVThe Debate in the Catholic Church
A Poor Christian Looks at Jedwabne: Adam Boniecki and Michal Okonski Talk with Archbishop Henryk Muszynski155
Interview with the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, on the Murder of Jews in Jedwabne, 15 May 2001166
Rev. Stanislaw Musial, "We Ask You to Help Us Be Better173
Pt. VVoices of the Inhabitants of Jedwabne
We Are Different People: A Discussion about Jedwabne in Jedwabne186
Marta Kurkowska-Budzan, "My Jedwabne"200
Pt. VIMemories and Methodologies: The Historical Debate
Collaboration Passed Over in Silence220
How to Grapple with the Perplexing Legacy237
A Roundtable Discussion: Jedwabne - Crime and Memory247
We of Jedwabne267
The Pogrom in Jedwabne: Critical Remarks about Jan T. Gross's Neighbors304
Critical Remarks Indeed344
Jedwabne without Stereotypes: Agnieszka Sabor and Marek Zajac Talk with Professor Tomasz Szarota371
Jedwabne: How Was It Possible?386
Pt. VIIThe Discussion Outside Poland
Introduction to the Hebrew Edition of Neighbors408
Do the Poor Poles Really Look at the Ghetto? Introduction to Hebrew Edition of Neighbors414
Heroes and Victims421
Jedwabne and the Selling of the Holocaust430
Poles and the Jews: How Deep the Guilt?434
"Washington Diarist: Righteous" and an Exchange of Letters440
Chronology451
Explanatory Notes459
Index471

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