The Crime and the Silence

The Crime and the Silence

Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne

Book - 2015
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"The devastating story of Jedwabne, which was the basis of Jan Gross's controversial Neighbors (2001). Based on the author's encounters with witnesses, survivors, murderers, and their helpers between 2000 and 2004, The Crime and the Silence raises important questions about the responsibility of Poles for the Holocaust"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374536374
0374536376
Branch Call Number: 940.531844 BIK
Characteristics: vii, 544 pages : illustrations, map
Additional Contributors: Valles, Alissa

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Oct 12, 2016

the book is written that way that you got a good feeling about a mystery, which members of the village wants to keep secret - long time ago in 1941 they burnt in barn their own neighbors, did it for many different reasons, but is hard even to understand motivation because nobody really wants to talk about, they pass lies instead
There is why that book is great.
For polish people Jedwabne was a shock - they considered themselves to be clear and righteous during IIWW, blaming everybody around for war crimes

"When the Nazis invaded in 1941, many Poles welcomed them as liberators" - this is of course lie, nobody welcome Nazis as liberators (except german origin), especially polish nationalists but is true, that nobody also consider soviet occupation as better. Jan Gross in his famous book did lots of mistakes, therefore Anna Bikont's book is much, much better

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