Jews and Poles in Polish Historiography in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XIX

Shmuel Krakowski

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Relations between Jews and Poles during the Holocaust - New and Old Approaches in Polish Historiography

This review explores the controversy exemplified by articles which appeared in the Polish-language press in 1986/87, some in response to Blonski’s article, and gives extensive excerpts in English translation. Two approaches are evident: open criticism of Polish attitudes towards the Jews, and the traditional, apologetic distorting or falsifying approach. Issues raised include the attitudes of the Polish underground; attitudes of Polish society to the rescue of Jews; antisemitism in Poland before, during, and after the war; and the economic benefits reaped by Poles following the deportation and murder of the Jews. Soul-searching and criticism of Polish attitudes are particularly pronounced in Catholic circles; no such tendency can be seen in the Communist Party. Writers who have distorted or falsified history, or whose works have antisemitic overtones are Jerzy Slaski, Franciszek Stopniak, and Roman Zygadlewicz. 

Products specifications
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 1988
Catalog No. 198813
No. of Pages 23 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XIX, pp. 318-340, Edited by Aharon Weiss
Publisher Yad Vashem