Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

BookPolin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 13


November 1st, 2000



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The assessment of the Nazi genocide in Poland, an issue which has deeply divided Poles and Jews, lies at the core of this volume. Also included are discussions of Polish attitudes to the nearly 300,000 Jews who tried to resettle in post-war Poland; the little-known testimony of Belzec survivor Rudolf Reder; a discussion of Holocaust victims as martyrs; and a presentation of how the Auschwitz Museum sees its future.


Author Information

Antony Polonsky is Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, and Chief Historian of the Global Educational Outreach Project at the Museum of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Antony Polonsky is Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, and Chief Historian of the Global Educational Outreach Project at the Museum of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Editors and Advisers7
Polin 10
Note on Names of People and Places17
Note on Transliteration19
List of Abbreviations20
Part I: The Holocaust and its Aftermath22
Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1918–1939 and 1945–1947 55
Jewish Reaction to the Soviet Arrival in the Kresy in September 193983
Reflections on Soviet Documents Relating to Polish Prisoners of War Taken in September 1939 94
The Demography of Jews in Hiding in Warsaw, 1943–1945 99
Psychological Problems of Polish Jews who Used Aryan Documents 125
My Two Mothers133
Early Swedish Information about the Nazis’ Mass Murder of the Jews134
Jewish Identities in the Holocaust: Martyrdom as a Representative Category149
Three Essays on Jewish Education during the Nazi Occupation 168
Two Coffins on Smocza Street and Śliska Street184
Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski: A Poet-Hero187
Paper Epitaphs of a Holocaust Memorial: Zofia Nalkowska’s Medallions200
Letter to Father209
Stereotypes of Polish–Jewish Relations after the War: The Special Commission of the Central Committee of Polish Jews215
The Bund and the Jewish Fraction of the Polish Workers’ Party in Poland after 1945227
Whose Nation, Whose State? Working-Class Nationalism and Antisemitism in Poland, 1945–1947245
Poles and Jews in the Kielce Region and Radom, April 1945–February 1946 257
Polish Jews during and after the Kielce Pogrom: Reports from the Communist Archives274
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: From Commemoration to Education311
Part II: A Debate about Antisemitism in Poland Today322
Black is Black324
A Rainbow in Black331
The Sin of Antisemitism: A Response to Waldemar Chrostowski338
Difficult Remarks to Write344
A Shadow over the Dialogue346
Part III: An Interview350
Marian Malowist on History and Historians352
Part IV: New Views366
The Day after the Pogrom: A Documentary Account368
Jewish Theatre in Poland before the Second World War: Its Audiences and its Critics377
Forbidden Fruit: Illicit Love Affairs between Jews and Gentiles in the Novels of Julian Stryjkowski387
Ludwik Rajchman: A Biographical Sketch of a Polish Jew394
Abraham Joshua Heschel in Poland: Hasidism Enters Modernity404
Part V: Reviews420
Review Essays422
Recent Books on the Catholic Church in Poland422
‘You shall not bear false witness’: Stanislaw C.Napiórkowski (ed.), A blizniego swego . . . Materialy z sympozjum ‘Sw.Maksymilian Maria Kolbe—Zydzi—masoni’427
A Lithuanian Account of Life in the Camps: Balys Sruoga, Forest of the Gods: Memoirs432
Analyses of World Antisemitism Published between 1991 and 1997 439
Book Reviews446
Joseph Perl, Revealer of Secrets: The First Hebrew Novel, trans. and ed. Dov Taylor446
Hanna Kozinska-Witt, Die Krakauer Jüdische Reformgemeinde, 1864–1874 448
Emanuel Melzer, No Way Out: The Politics of Polish Jewry, 1935–1939452
Ezra Mendelsohn (ed.), Essential Papers on Jews and the Left454
David Weinfeld (ed.), Hebrew Poetry in Poland between the Two World Wars455
Wlodzimierz Mich, Obcy w polskim domu: nacjonalistyczne koncepcje rozwiazania problemu mniejszosci narodowych 1918–1939457
Natan Gross, Toledot hakolnoa hayehudi befolin, 1910–1950461
Robert Liberles, Salo Wittmayer Baron: Architect of Jewish History464
Michael C. Steinlauf, Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust465
Agata Tuszynska, Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews of Poland, trans. Madeline Levine467
Teresa Prekerowa (1922–1998)471
Exchange between Rafal Zebrowski and Hanna Kozinska-Witt474
Notes on the Contributors478