Neighbors: The Destruction Of The Jewish Community In Jedwabne, Poland
  • Neighbors: The Destruction Of The Jewish Community In Jedwabne, Poland
  • Neighbors: The Destruction Of The Jewish Community In Jedwabne, Poland
ISBN: 0691086672
EAN13: 9780691086675
Language: English
Pages: 216
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.3" L x 4.6" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Neighbors is a truly pathbreaking book, the work of a master historian. Jan Gross has a shattering tale to tell, and he tells it with consummate skill and control. The impact of his account of the massacre of the Jews of Jedwabne by their Polish neighbors is all the greater for the calm, understated narration and Gross's careful reconstruction of the terrifying circumstances in which the killing was undertaken. But this little book is much, much more than just another horror story from the Holocaust. In his imaginative reflections upon the tragedy of Jedwabne, Gross has subtly recast the history of wartime Poland and proposed an original interpretation of the origins of the postwar Communist regime. This book has already had dramatic repercussions in Poland, where it has single-handedly prised open a closed and painful chapter in that nation's recent past. But Neighbors is not only about Poland. It is a moving and provocative rumination upon the most important ethical issue of our age. No one who has studied or lived through the twentieth century can afford to ignore it.--Tony Judt, Director, Remarque Institute

This tiny book reveals a shocking story buried for sixty years, and it has set of a round of soul searching in Poland. But the questions it raises are of universal significance: How do 'ordinary men' turn suddenly into 'willing Read More chevron_right

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