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1 philosophus invidius  Sun, Jul 1, 2012 6:17:04am

I can’t vouch for whether Gross exaggerates, but I thought this was pretty amazing:

Lech Walesa, anti-Soviet icon and later president of Poland, dismissed Mr. Gross as “a mediocre writer … a Jew who tries to make money.”

That’s a pretty funny way to refute the charge of a widespread murderous antisemitism in Poland.

2 Bob Dillon  Sun, Jul 1, 2012 7:42:19am

There was good and bad on all sides.

3 HappyWarrior  Sun, Jul 1, 2012 9:00:13am

I had to when I took a class on Eastern European nationalism read a book about what happened in Jedwabne. This was an attack on the Polish Jewish people not by the Germans but rather their fellow Polish citizens. It was certainly horrifying to read about as all Holocaust narratives are but this one particularly disturbed me because they had been neighbors. I really recommend the book to anyone. It’s called Neighbors by Jan Gross.

4 Bob Dillon  Sun, Jul 1, 2012 10:15:11am

re: #3 HappyWarrior

One of my neighbors is one of the lost children. She found out she was Jewish just two years ago. Presently we are searching DNA databases for any worldwide family connections. She was two when her Jewish parents gave her up to a Polish family. Several days later her parents were murdered along with many others.

5 CuriousLurker  Sun, Jul 1, 2012 10:50:50am

I wish Sergey was around to add his knowledge to this.

6 Buck  Sun, Jul 1, 2012 3:00:57pm

re: #2 Bob Dillon

There was good and bad on all sides.

I really don’t understand this comment. Which sides could you possibly mean? The Polish non-Jews and the Polish Jews?

It just sounds like you are finding some kind of equivalence between the victims of histories greatest criminal act, and the perpetrators.

“3.3 million Jews lived in Poland before the war began, and about 90 percent had perished by its end.”

And you say “There was good and bad on all sides.”

I don’t understand that at all.

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