Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
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2:00--3:15pm Sun., Oct. 26
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland by Jan T. Gross
"Until the outbreak of the war," writes Jan Gross, "Jedwabne was a quiet town, and Jewish lives there differed little from those of their fellows elsewhere in Poland." Then, on a summer evening in 1941, just weeks after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Polish residents took up axes, clubs, and torches and massacred all but seven of the town's 1,600 Jews. The perpetrators, who were brought to trial in 1949, never received official blame for the massacre, which instead went to the Nazis. Piecing together eyewitness testimony and trial records with a deft historical imagination, Gross details the "potent, devilish mixture" that led Poles to turn on their Jewish neighbors. Originally published in Poland in 2000, the book sparked a national controversy and led to a public reconsideration of the Polish role in the Holocaust.
Jewish, Polish, Holocaust
European History | History | Jewish Studies
Gross, Jan T., "Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland" (2008). Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group. 3.