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maginary Neighbors: Mediating Polish-Jewish Relations after the Holocaust

jan peczkis|Sunday, February 23, 2014

Egregiously Judeocentric, With a Facts-Don't-Matter Mindset, February 14, 2014 This review is from: Imaginary Neighbors: Mediating Polish-Jewish Relations after the Holocaust (Paperback) This work is the same-old, same-old. It focuses exclusively on Jews as victims (notably at Jedwabne), Poles and Christians as villains, with Poles and Christians needing to constantly prostrate themselves for their villainy. Polish patriotism is demonized. The language is academese and Holocaustspeak, and the themes are predictable. The authors writing, or mentioned, are primarily leftists: Joanna B. Michlic, Ana Bikont, Brian Porter (now Brian Porter-Szucs), Janina Bauman, former U. B. (Bezpieka) member Zygmunt Bauman, and others like them.

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Inconvenient facts, when mentioned in this book, are disparaged. A clear facts-don't matter attitude is especially evident in the discussion of massive Jewish-Soviet collaboration, the U. B. past of Jedwabne Pole-accuser Wasersztajn, and related matters.

With rare and superficial deviations, the claims of neo-Stalinist Jan T. Gross, on Jedwabne, are presented as fact. Cursory mention (p. 15) is made of the work of historian Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (please click on The Massacre in Jedwabne, July 10, 1941: Before, During, After, and read the detailed Peczkis review), but there is no attempt to interact with his scholarship. It clearly shows that the Germans, not Poles, were the primary killers of Jedwabne's Jews.

Finally, the objective reader must realize that prejudices between Poles and Jews went both ways. To study this in some detail, please locate and read the free online book, TRADITIONAL JEWISH ATTITUDES TOWARDS POLES, by Mark Paul.
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