By Antony Polonsky,Joanna B. Michlic
Neighbors--Jan Gross's lovely account of the brutal mass homicide of the Jews of Jedwabne through their Polish neighbors--was met with overseas severe acclaim and was once a finalist for the nationwide publication Award within the usa. It has additionally been, from the instant of its book, the get together of excessive controversy and painful reckoning. This booklet captures one of the most vital voices within the resulting debate, together with these of citizens of Jedwabne itself in addition to these of reporters, intellectuals, politicians, Catholic clergy, and historians either inside of and way past Poland's borders.
Antony Polonsky and Joanna Michlic introduce the controversy, focusing fairly on how Neighbors rubbed opposed to tricky previous and new problems with Polish social reminiscence and nationwide identification. The editors then current numerous Polish voices grappling with the position of the bloodbath and of Polish-Jewish kin in Polish background. They comprise samples of some of the suggestions utilized by Polish intellectuals and political elites as they've got tried to house their country's darkish earlier, to beat the legacy of the Holocaust, and to answer Gross's book.
The friends Respond makes the controversy over Neighbors on hand to an English-speaking audience--and is a wonderful software for bringing the dialogue into the study room. It constitutes an engrossing contribution to fashionable Jewish historical past, to our knowing of Polish glossy background and id, and to our financial institution of Holocaust memory.
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The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland by Antony Polonsky,Joanna B. Michlic