Auteur: Gross, Jan T.
Sub titel: Anti-semitism in Poland after auschwitz; An essay in historical interpretation
Describes the wave of anti-Semitism that swept through Poland in the years following World War II, when Jews who had fled the country returned to rebuild their lives, examining the pogroms, massacres, and conflict that destroyed a millennium of Jewish community life in Poland. The estimated 10% of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust returned to a hostile and dangerous Poland. They encountered anti-Semitism in everyday relations, experienced difficulties rebuilding their lives, and were victims of outright violence, including murder. In `Fear', Jan Gross recounts the many post-war anti-Semitic acts, including the practice of tossing Jews from moving trains, and he tells of a pogrom in which 80 Jews were killed by rampaging adults and youths. These actions caused many Polish Jews to flee, never to return. Gross inquires into the nature of this anti-Semitism, saying it connects to the pain and guilt of Polish actions during the war. He examines the role of the Catholic Church in these events--and its lack of response--and he implicates the Communist Party, which took advantage of this Jew-hatred for its own ends. As he did in his compelling study `Neighbours', Gross has again uncovered a hidden, forgotten, or neglected aspect of post-war Polish history, as he documents and sheds light on human cruelty.
2006, 320 pag., Euro 24,95
Random House, New York, ISBN 375509240
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