Against Anti-Semitism: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Polish Writings by Adam MichnikAgainst Anti-Semitism: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Polish Writings by Adam Michnik

Against Anti-Semitism: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Polish Writings

EditorAdam Michnik

Hardcover | January 12, 2018

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Anti-Semitism in Poland has always been a deeply problematic subject. In the years since the Holocaust, much has been written about the willingness of Poles to collaborate with the Nazis, willingly handing over Polish Jews and often profiting from it in the process. Such assertions have led toa widespread and ongoing stereotype that Poles are a deeply, inherently anti-Semitic people. In fact, Adam Michnik argues, while there are certainly anti-Semites among Poles, resistance to anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in the culture. The essays he has gathered in this unique and importantanthology-with contributions by a who's who of Polish writers and intellectuals across the decades-both testify to and elaborate on that premise. Michnik offers an overview of the subject, in which lays out the four myths he argues continue to circulate in Polish thought: that in the eastern territories occupied by the USSR between 1939 and 1941, many Jews collaborated with the occupying authorities; that Jews were only delivered into Germanhands by Polish criminals; that after 1945 Jews formed the core of the Department of Security and therefore bear the blame for the suffering of the Home Army soldiers in communist Poland; and fourth, that anti-Semitism in Poland today is so marginal as to be almost exotic. A prologue by poet CzeslawMilosz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, focuses on the first third of the 20th century, the period of crisis before the outbreak of World War II. The essays that follow, including works by, among other leading figures, Maria Dabrowska, Leszek Kolakowski, and Jan Blonski, include writingsfrom the years leading up to World War II, and draw from periodical and newspaper articles in addition to scholarly essays across the twentieth century. Collectively, the works by these writers put Polish anti-Semitism in context and in the process reflect upon the full story of Polish history inthe 20th century.
Adam Michnik is Editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza and the author of In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe.
Title:Against Anti-Semitism: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Polish WritingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:January 12, 2018Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190624515

ISBN - 13:9780190624514

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