Neighbours: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland

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Arrow Books, 2003 - Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - 271 pages
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"One summer day in 1941, half of the Polish town of Jedwabne murdered the other half -1,600 men, women, and children -all but seven of the town's Jews. NEIGHBOURS tells their story. an Gross pieces together eyewitness accounts and other evidence into an engulfing reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but forgotten by history. The unfolding of his investigation yields wider truths about the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism. The newly occupying German army did not compel the massacre, and Jedwabne's Jews and Christians had previously enjoyed cordial relations. After the war, the nearby family who saved Jedwabne's surviving Jews was derided and driven from the area. The single Jew offered mercy by the town declined it. Most arresting is the sinking realization that Jedwabne's Jews were clubbed, drowned, gutted and burned not by faceless Nazis, but by people whose features and names they knew well- their former schoolmates and those who sold them food, bought their milk, and chatted with them in the street. As much as such a question can ever be answered, NEIGHBOURS tells us why.

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

After the German military took over the Polish town of Jedwabne, the Polish townspeople got together, rounded up the Jews, and started killing them. They had the town surrounded with some folks on ... Read full review

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User Review  - ScoutJ - LibraryThing

What would it do to your self-image as a country if it wasn't the Nazis who perpetrated the Holocaust, but your neighbors? What if the Nazis stood by and watched while the people that had lived next ... Read full review

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Jan T. Gross is Professor of Politics and European Studies at New York University.

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