Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20: Making Holocaust Memory by Gabriel N. FinderPolin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20: Making Holocaust Memory by Gabriel N. Finder

Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20: Making Holocaust Memory

EditorGabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, Antony Polonsky

Paperback | December 13, 2007

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Although the reconciliation of Jewish and Polish memories of the Holocaust is the central issue in contemporary Polish-Jewish relations, this is the first attempt to examine these divisive memories in a comprehensive way. Until 1989, Polish consciousness of the Second World War subsumed thedestruction of Polish Jewry within a communist narrative of Polish martyrdom and heroism. Post-war Jewish memory, by contrast, has been concerned mostly with Jewish martyrdom and heroism (and barely acknowledged the plight of Poles under German occupation). Since the 1980s, however, a significantnumber of Jews and Poles have sought to identify a common ground and have met with partial but increasing success, notwithstanding the new debates that have emerged in recent years concerning Polish behaviour during the Nazi genocide of the Jews that Poles had ignored for half a century. This volumeconsiders these contentious issues from different angles.Among the topics covered are Jewish memorial projects, both in Poland and beyond its borders, the Polish approach to Holocaust memory under communist rule, and post-communist efforts both to retrieve the Jewish dimension to Polish wartime memory and to reckon with the dark side of the Polishnational past. An interview with acclaimed author Henryk Grynberg touches on many of these issues from the personal perspective of one who as a child survived the Holocaust hidden in the Polish countryside, as do the three poems by Grynberg reproduced here. The "New Views" section featuresinnovative research in other areas of Polish-Jewish studies. A special section is devoted to research concerning the New Synagogue in Poznan, built in 1907, which is still standing only because the Nazis turned it into a swimming-pool.
Gabriel N. Finder is Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. Natalia Aleksiun is Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History, Touro College, New York. Antony Polonsky is Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and the United Stat...
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Title:Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20: Making Holocaust MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:510 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113060

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