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The Neighbors Respond : The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland - Antony Polonsky

The Neighbors Respond

The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland

By: Antony Polonsky (Editor), Joanna B. Michlic (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th December 2003
ISBN: 9780691113067
Number Of Pages: 504

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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.

Industry Reviews

"This is a major addition to Holocaust studies for both popular and academic readers... [C]omprehensive, compelling and thoughtful ... Polonsky and Michlic have done a splendid job of collecting and arranging this material to highlight the inherent intellectual, moral and historical tensions."--Publishers Weekly "A meritorious, comprehensive reference book revealing a spectral episode which still haunts Poland."--Adam LeBor, Jewish Chronicle "As Polonsky and Michlic persuasively argue, the debate over Neighbors is more than an argument over the massacre of Polish Jews by their gentile countrymen. It is symptomatic of a greater debate over how Poland's history can, or should, be understood in the wake of the war and after the cultural vacuum created by decades of Communist rule."--Library Journal "The Neighbors Respond is both an important and disturbing book."--Jack Fischel, Jewish Book World "This is an interesting, highly motivated engagement of a human tragedy reflective of social prejudice that is manifested in any group that premeditatedly considers its relationship with a distinctly different group. It is a telling tale of two peoples, one land, a common tragedy, whose appeal stretches beyond a village in Poland and provides a model for similar studies of other groups in conflict."--Zev Garber, Shofar

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Initial Reporting
Introductionp. 47
"Burnt Offering," Rzeczpospolita, 5 May 2000p. 50
"The Blood of Jedwabne," Kontakty, 7 May 2000p. 60
"In Memory and Admonition," Gazeta Wspolczesna 11 July 2000p. 64
The Moral Debate
Introductionp. 69
"Prophecies Are Being Fulfilled," Prawda, May 1942p. 72
"Obsessed with Innocence," Gazeta Wyborcza, 13-14 January 2001p. 75
"A Need for Compensation," Rzeczpospolita, 26 January 2001p. 87
"The Revolution of Nihilism," Glos, 3 February 2001p. 93
"The Shortsightedness of the 'Cultured,'" Gazeta Wyborcza, 6 April 2001p. 103
"Homo Jedvabicus," Wprost, 22 July 2001p. 114
Official Statements
Introductionp. 121
Living in Truth: Special Statement by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek regarding the Slaughter of Jews in Jedwabne in 1941, April 2001p. 125
Address Delivered by Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., 5 April 2001p. 126
Address by President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski at the Ceremonies in Jedwabne Marking the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Jedwabne Tragedy on 10 July 2001p. 130
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 1944p. 133
"Jedwabne--Let Us Be Silent in the Face of This Crime: Piotr Lipinski Talks with Professor Andrzej Rzeplinski," Gazeta Wyborcza, 22 July 2002p. 137
The Debate in the Catholic Church
Introductionp. 147
"A Poor Christian Looks at Jedwabne: Adam Boniecki and Michal Okonski Talk with Archbishop Henryk Muszynski," Tygodnik Powszechny, 25 March 2001p. 155
Interview with the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, on the Murder of Jews in Jedwabne, 15 May 2001p. 166
Rev. Stanislaw Musial, "We Ask You to Help Us Be Better," Gazeta Wyborcza, 23 May 2001p. 173
Voices of the Inhabitants of Jedwabne
Introductionp. 181
"We Are Different People: A Discussion about Jedwabne in Jedwabne," Wiez, April 2001p. 186
Marta Kurkowska-Budzan, "My Jedwabne"p. 200
Memories and Methodologies: The Historical Debate
Introductionp. 209
"Collaboration Passed Over in Silence," Rzeczpospolita, 27 January 2001p. 220
"How to Grapple with the Perplexing Legacy," Polityka, 10 February 2001p. 237
"A Roundtable Discussion: Jedwabne--Crime and Memory," Rzeczpospolita, 3 March 2001p. 247
"We of Jedwabne," Gazeta Wyborcza, 23 March 2001p. 267
"The Pogrom in Jedwabne: Critical Remarks about Jan T. Gross's Neighbors"p. 304
"Critical Remarks Indeed"p. 344
"Jedwabne without Stereotypes: Agnieszka Sabor and Marek Zajac Talk with Professor Tomasz Szarota," Tygodnik Powszechny, 28 April 2002p. 371
"Jedwabne: How Was It Possible?"p. 386
The Discussion Outside Poland
Introductionp. 403
"Introduction to the Hebrew Edition of Neighbors"p. 408
"Do the Poor Poles Really Look at the Ghetto? Introduction to Hebrew Edition of Neighbors"p. 414
"Heroes and Victims" (Extracts), New York Review of Books, 31 May 2001p. 421
"Jedwabne and the Selling of the Holocaust," Polish American Journal, May 2001p. 430
"Poles and the Jews: How Deep the Guilt?" New York Times, 17 March 2001p. 434
"Washington Diarist: Righteous" and an Exchange of Letters, New Republic, 9, 17, and 24 April 2001p. 440
Chronologyp. 451
Explanatory Notesp. 459
Indexp. 471
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ISBN: 9780691113067
ISBN-10: 0691113068
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 14th December 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68