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
     
 

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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.

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

Prefacexiii
Introduction1
Part IThe Initial Reporting
Introduction47
"Burnt Offering," Rzeczpospolita, 5 May 200050
"The Blood of Jedwabne," Kontakty, 7 May 200060
"In Memory and Admonition," Gazeta Wspolczesna 11 July 200064
Part IIThe Moral Debate
Introduction69
"Prophecies Are Being Fulfilled," Prawda, May 194272
"Obsessed with Innocence," Gazeta Wyborcza, 13-14 January 200175
"A Need for Compensation," Rzeczpospolita, 26 January 200187
"The Revolution of Nihilism," Glos, 3 February 200193
"The Shortsightedness of the 'Cultured,'" Gazeta Wyborcza, 6 April 2001103
"Homo Jedvabicus," Wprost, 22 July 2001114
Part IIIOfficial Statements
Introduction121
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 Rzeplinski," Gazeta Wyborcza, 22 July 2002137
Part IVThe Debate in the Catholic Church
Introduction147
"A Poor Christian Looks at Jedwabne: Adam Boniecki and Michal Okonski Talk with Archbishop Henryk Muszynski," Tygodnik Powszechny, 25 March 2001155
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 Better," Gazeta Wyborcza, 23 May 2001173
Part VVoices of the Inhabitants of Jedwabne
Introduction181
"We Are Different People: A Discussion about Jedwabne in Jedwabne," Wiez, April 2001186
Marta Kurkowska-Budzan, "My Jedwabne"200
Part VIMemories and Methodologies: The Historical Debate
Introduction209
"Collaboration Passed Over in Silence," Rzeczpospolita, 27 January 2001220
"How to Grapple with the Perplexing Legacy," Polityka, 10 February 2001237
"A Roundtable Discussion: Jedwabne--Crime and Memory," Rzeczpospolita, 3 March 2001247
"We of Jedwabne," Gazeta Wyborcza, 23 March 2001267
"The Pogrom in Jedwabne: Critical Remarks about Jan T. Gross's Neighbors"304
"Critical Remarks Indeed"344
"Jedwabne without Stereotypes: Agnieszka Sabor and Marek Zajac Talk with Professor Tomasz Szarota," Tygodnik Powszechny, 28 April 2002371
"Jedwabne: How Was It Possible?"386
Part VIIThe Discussion Outside Poland
Introduction403
"Introduction to the Hebrew Edition of Neighbors"408
"Do the Poor Poles Really Look at the Ghetto? Introduction to Hebrew Edition of Neighbors"414
"Heroes and Victims" (Extracts), New York Review of Books, 31 May 2001421
"Jedwabne and the Selling of the Holocaust," Polish American Journal, May 2001430
"Poles and the Jews: How Deep the Guilt?" New York Times, 17 March 2001434
"Washington Diarist: Righteous" and an Exchange of Letters, New Republic, 9, 17, and 24 April 2001440
Chronology451
Explanatory Notes459
Index471

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